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George Mason hires former Mizzou star Kim English as head coach

English had been an assistant under Rick Barnes at Tennessee before taking the head job at George Mason
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Missouri Tigers guard Kim English (24) celebrates at the end of an NCAA college basketball game in the Big 12 Championship tournament in Kansas City, Mo., Saturday, March 10, 2012. English scored 19 points and was the tournament MVP. Missouri defeated Baylor 90-75. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

FAIRFAX, Va. — Former NBA player and college assistant Kim English was hired to coach George Mason's men's basketball team Tuesday, a week after the school fired Dave Paulsen.

English has been an assistant to Rick Barnes at Tennessee.

English went to college at Missouri, was drafted in the second round by the Detroit Pistons in 2012 and played for them before heading overseas to play basketball. He briefly returned to the NBA with the Chicago Bulls in 2014.

He worked as an assistant coach at Tulsa and Colorado before heading to Tennessee for the 2019-20 season.

George Mason went 13-9 this season and was 95-91 in six years under Paulsen, without any trips to the NCAA Tournament or NIT.

Paulsen had one year remaining on his contract, which was previously extended.

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