SAN JOSE, Calif. – SJSU men’s basketball head coach Jean Prioleau made some big moves in the offseason, bringing in a crop of young talent to add to the 2019 roster. Among the biggest of those moves was not an addition to the player roster, but rather in the form of one of the brightest young assistant coaches in the game – Julius Hodge, a man that knows a thing or two about college basketball.
Hodge joined Prioleau’s staff in June after a pair of seasons working as an assistant at Santa Clara University. Prior to that, he was the director of player development at the University of Buffalo in 2015. But 10 years prior to the beginning of his coaching career, Hodge was tearing it up as a player at North Carolina State where was he was a two-time All-American selection, the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, a two-time All-ACC pick and led the Wolfpack to the Sweet 16 of the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Hodge would go on to become a first round draft pick in the 2005 NBA Draft where he was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 20th overall pick. He now looks to bring his experience as both a player and coach to help the Spartans achieve big things in 2018-19. In this week’s Take Five feature, we sit down with Hodge as he touches on a variety of subjects ranging from his days at NC State to what he is most excited about seeing this season.