To no one’s surprise, Philadelphia 76ers assistant Brian James will round out the Northwestern coaching staff under Chris Collins.
An announcement to finalize the group of assistants should be made shortly. Patrick Baldwin was officially named an assistant in an NU Sports press release on Friday morning.
James continues his close relationship with the Collins family. He worked alongside Doug Collins in three separate professional stints, the latest of which ended when Doug resigned from his 76ers post on Thursday.
Now, James will have his reunion with Chris—his former player at Glenbrook North HS. PW profiled James several weeks ago, claiming him to be an ideal fit for this role. The Taylorville, Ill. native returns closer to home, and will bring more professional experience to this diverse staff.
This has been in the making for several weeks, said one source close to the situation. Collins considered James among the top candidates immediately upon accepting the NU job—a sensible decision by the first-time head coach.
Multiple sources said that former Duke player Jon Scheyer received an offer to join the staff in some capacity. On Monday, though, he returned to his alma mater as “special assistant.”
When Collins departed for NU, Nate James – then the special assistant – replaced him. Scheyer filled James’ spot, extending the strong sense of loyalty on Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s staff.
But that seems fairly inconsequential. After showing aggression on the recruiting trail this week, Collins can take comfort in assembling his first staff. At this important juncture, he has settled in well.