Duane Wilson of the Texas A&M Aggies walks off the court with assistant coach Amir Abdur-Rahim after being defeated by the Arizona Wildcats in the college basketball game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on Dec. 5, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. 
Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
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Amir Abdur-Rahim named men’s basketball coach at Kennesaw State

Amir Abdur-Rahim has been named Kennesaw State men’s basketball coach, the school announced Thursday.

Abdur-Rahim, from Cobb County, spent last season as an assistant coach at Georgia under Tom Crean. He has also been an assistant at Texas A&M, the College of Charleston and Murray State. He has served at Director of Player Development at Georgia Tech.

Abdur-Rahim signed a four-year contract.

“This is a job I've always had my eye on,” Abdur-Rahim said in a statement. “When this position came open, I felt like the timing was perfect from a family, location, and opportunity standpoint. I felt that being a first time head coach, Kennesaw State provided a unique opportunity to build something special and something that could be built to sustain over time. It's a growing university, an amazing campus, great facilities, close knit community, and then with the recruiting base that we have in Metro-Atlanta and the surrounding areas, this is a place that has all the ingredients to be successful. I feel blessed and fortunate to be the head coach at KSU and I’m excited to get to work with our guys and help them grow as men.”

Abdur-Rahim played at Wheeler High School. He graduated from Southeastern Louisiana. He was a three-time All-Southland Conference guard, finishing his career ranked seventh in points scored and second in 3-pointers and steals. As a freshman at Garden City (Kansas) Community College, he ranked No. 24 nationally in scoring, averaging 19.1 points per game.

He is the brother of former Hawks player Shareef Abdur-Rahim

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