Top Assistant Kevin Young Leaving Suns For BYU

Suns associate head coach Kevin Young is set to sign a long-term contract to become the new men’s basketball head coach at Brigham Young University, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Young is replacing Mark Pope, who accepted an offer to become John Calipari‘s successor at Kentucky.

According to Wojnarowski, Young will remain with the Suns during their playoff run, but will immediately begin to assemble his coaching staff, which will work on recruiting players to BYU. Sources tell Matt Norlander of CBS Sports that Young’s new contract is expected to be worth approximately $30MM over seven years.

BYU published a tweet officially welcoming Young to the program.

A native of Salt Lake City, Young was an assistant coach at Utah Valley University in 2007/08. After spending several seasons coaching in the G League, he served as an assistant on the Sixers’ staff from 2016-20 before spending the last four seasons in Phoenix.

Initially a member of Monty Williams‘ staff, Young was promoted to associate head coach following lead assistant Willie Green‘s departure for New Orleans in 2021, then remained with the Suns under Frank Vogel this past season, becoming the NBA’s highest-paid assistant.

Young has received NBA head coaching consideration in recent years, having reportedly interviewed with the Rockets, Bucks, Raptors, and Suns in 2023. He was among the candidates to meet with the Hornets this spring and was said to be a finalist for the Brooklyn job.

It’s likely not a coincidence that news of Young’s departure for BYU broke less than 24 hours after the Nets reportedly decided to make Jordi Fernandez their next head coach.

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