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Ex-NBA first-round pick Julius Hodge joins Nate Oats' staff at UB

Former NBA first-round draft pick Julius Hodge has been named director of player development for the University at Buffalo men's basketball team.

Hodge, 31, just completed a 10-year pro playing career, which included stops with the Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks before playing overseas. His responsibilities at UB will include assisting with the evaluation of video, development of practice and game schedules, game planning and acting as the academic and community liaison.

"I've gotten to know Julius over the last couple years, and his experiences throughout his basketball career gives him instant credibility with our players," said UB head coach Nate Oats. "His communication skills and humility make him a perfect fit to relate to our current players. He is a team player and he will be a great addition to our current staff."

Hodge's addition completes Oats' team of aides. It includes associate head coach Jim Whitesell, assistant coach Donyell Marshall (also a former NBA player), assistant coach Bryan Hodgson and director of basketball operations Adam Bauman.

Hodge played last season in England and Lebanon. He played the previous two seasons in France. He starred in college at North Carolina State, where he earned Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year honors in 2004.

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