BUFFALO, NY – Former ACC Player of the Year and First Round NBA Draft Pick Julius Hodge has been named Director of Player Development, head men's basketball coach Nate Oats announced on Monday morning. Hodge has just completed a 10-year playing career, which included stops with the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks before playing overseas.
Hodge's responsibilities will include assisting with the evaluation of video, development of practice and game schedules, game planning and acting as the academic and community liaison.
"I've gotten to know Julius over the last couple years and his experiences throughout his basketball career gives him instant credibility with our players," said Oats. "His communication skills and humility make him a perfect fit to relate to our current players. He is a team player and he will be a great addition to our current staff."
Hodge played his college basketball at NC State where he was named the ACC Player of the Year following the 2003-04 season. In his senior year, he led the Wolfpack to the Sweet Sixteen and was drafted in the first round, 20th overall, by the Denver Nuggets. He played with the Nuggets for parts of two seasons before he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2007. Following that season, he began an international playing career that spanned 12 different organizations. He spent time in Italy, Australia, Vietnam, France, Lebanon and Great Britain.
The addition of Hodge completes the UB men's basketball coaching staff, which includes associate head coach Jim Whitesell, fellow NBA first round draft pick and assistant coach Donyell Marshall, assistant coach Bryan Hodgson, and Director of Basketball Operations, Adam Bauman.