Associated press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Former NBA player Clarence Weatherspoon is returning to his alma mater as a coach.

WDAM-TV reports the University of Southern Mississippi has hired Weatherspoon and former director of basketball operations Chris Croft as assistant coaches.

Coach Doc Sadler announced the staff additions Tuesday.

Weatherspoon returns to the Golden Eagles after 13 years in the NBA, spending the bulk of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers who drafted him in 1992. Weatherspoon says though his glory days have past, his knowledge about the game remains.

Weatherspoon played at USM from 1988-1992 and is the only three-time Metro Conference player of the year. He helped the Golden Eagles advance to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances in 1990 and 1991 and is the first Golden Eagle to have his jersey retired.

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