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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Former Arkansas assistant Glynn Cyprien will join coach Billie Gillispie at Kentucky, as will Jeremy Cox, who was on Gillispie's staff at Texas A&M.

The hirings were announced Monday.

"They are outstanding at developing relationships, with both current players and prospective students," said Gillispie, who was named head coach at Kentucky on April 6.

In 19 years as a collegiate coach, Cyprien has recruited 12 players who have made it to the NBA, including Phoenix Suns' forward Shawn Marion and Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen, Toronto Raptors forward Joey Graham and Houston Rockets guard John Lucas III.

Cyprien has coached in Kentucky before, serving as associate head coach at Western Kentucky in 1995.

"Glynn is known as a great recruiter, and he is, but he's also an all-around quality coach," Gillispie said. "He's done a great job at several stops, and his background, which includes time in the SEC at Arkansas and in this state at Western Kentucky, makes him good fit for our staff."

Cyprien also served as an associate head coach at New Mexico State where he helped the Aggies improve from 6-24 in 2005 to 16-14 in 2006. Before going to New Mexico State, Cyprien served as an assistant coach under Eddie Sutton at Oklahoma State from 2001-2004 where he helped the Cowboys land Lucas, Allen and Graham. During his time with Oklahoma State, the Cowboys reached the NCAA Tournament four consecutive seasons, including the 2004 Final Four.

Cox was on Gillispie's staff for one season at Texas A&M. Previously he was the head coach at Arkansas-Fort Smith Junior College for three seasons, guiding the Lions to the 2006 national junior college championship.

South Alabama

HOUSTON — Sam Houston State has given South Alabama permission to talk to basketball coach Bob Marlin about the vacancy created when John Pelphrey was named coach at Arkansas.

Athletic director Bobby Williams said South Alabama called to request permission.

"With Bob as successful as he has been this is always going to be an issue," Williams said in an interview with Houston television station KRIV.

Marlin has been coach of the Bearkats for nine years and has had four 20-win seasons.

- The Associated Press

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