Head coach Eric Musselman gives his thoughts on his new assistant Ronald Dupree
Nevada 76, Boise State 57
Ronald Dupree has finished up his first season as an assistant coach on Nevada coach Eric Musselman’s staff. Dupree comes from LSU where he was the Tigers’ Director of Student Development.
With the help of Dupree, the Wolf Pack posted its second-most wins in program history with 28 victories in the 2016-17 season. Dupree also helped lead the Pack to a Mountain West regular season and tournament title while taking Nevada to its first NCAA Championship since the 2006-07 season.
While at LSU he worked with Ben Simmons, the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Having spent time around Ronald, he’s a great mentor to student-athletes, both on the floor and academically,” Musselman said. “He provides great energy in practice, specifically with individual instruction. With his professional career, he has a wealth of experience that can translate to our players. Having spent time in Reno previously, he’s excited to get back and he’s a great fit for our program and community.”
As the Tigers’ Director of Student Development, he edited film, prepared opponent scouting reports and designed individual skill workouts for the players. Served as the liaison between the players and coaching staff with the academic advisor, strength staff and trainers.
Dupree played six seasons in the NBA for Chicago, Detroit, Minnesota, Seattle and Toronto. He also played three seasons in the NBA Developmental League. Internationally he played professionally in Germany, Argentina, Italy, and Israel.
Collegiately he played for LSU from 1999-03 under coach John Brady and led the Tigers in scoring in 2002 (16.2 ppg) and 2003 (15.8 ppg). He ranks ninth in career scoring at LSU with 1,726 points, an average of 13.4 points per game and is ninth with 907 career rebounds. A three-time All-SEC selection the Tigers won 81 games during his time at Baton Rouge.
Dupree graduated from LSU with a degree in electrical engineering in 2015.
He and his wife Jamila have been married for six years. They have two beautiful daughters, Parker three and Sydney who is two.