Former Utah Utes head basketball coach Jim Boylen is part of the next wave of head-coaching prospects, according to Kevin Arnovitz at ESPN.com.
Arnovitz acknowledges Boylen's rough performance during his four seasons at Utah. However, he also points out that he's gotten back into his element as an assistant coach at Indiana, and now as the head assistant to Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich.
“He’s been the best guy on almost every staff he’s ever been on,” an unnamed NBA general manager told Arnovitz before the Jazz decided to let Tyrone Corbin go. “And the fact that Pop [Popovich] hired him gives him the ultimate stamp of approval.”
Arnovitz also praises Boylen's abilities as a coach. "There’s a strong consensus that Boylen is an extremely capable lifer who rarely has trouble connecting with players or peers."
Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.