Washington hires former player Will Conroy as assistant

SEATTLE (AP) Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has dipped into the pool of former players and hired Will Conroy as his new assistant basketball coach.

Washington announced the hiring Thursday. Conroy, a Seattle native, played at Washington from 2001-05. He initially joined the program as a walk-on but went on to have a stellar career, finishing as the school's all-time leader in assists with 515. Conroy was the 23rd player in Pac-10 history to reach the 500-assist mark.

During his playing career, Washington reached a pair of NCAA Tournaments and was a No. 1 seed for the first time in school history in 2005. After his college career ended, Conroy played professionally overseas, in the NBA D-League and briefly had stints with the Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets.

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