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Utah coach Jim Boylen as the University of Utah plays the Air Force Academy in MWC men's basketball Saturday, Feb. 5, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Tom Smart, Deseret News)

Former Utah Utes head basketball coach Jim Boylen is part of the next wave of head-coaching prospects, according to Kevin Arnovitz at

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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."

Read the rest of Arnovitz' article here.

Lafe Peavler is a staff sports writer for the Deseret News. Follow him on Twitter @LafePeavler.