South Carolina men's basketball assistant coach leaves team for new job in Midwest

South Carolina men's basketball coach Lamont Paris is looking for a replacement for one of his coaches.

Assistant coach Tim Buckley is leaving the Gamecocks program to take a job in Cincinnati, an athletic source confirmed to The State on Wednesday. TheBigSpur was the first to report the news.

Buckley has been part of Paris' staff since arriving in Columbia two years ago, but has ties to the Midwest, so a move back to Ohio made sense at this point in his career. He was the only USC assistant who wasn't part of Paris' staff in Chattanooga, where Paris was before joining the Gamecocks.

Before USC, Buckley was at UNLV from 2019-2022. He also worked as an assistant at Marquette, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa and was a scout for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the NBA from 2017-2019.

Buckley also served as head coach at Ball State (2000–2006) and Rockford (1989–1993).

The Gamecocks posted a 26-8 record in Paris' sophomore year and made their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2017.

Paris must now hire a third head assistant coach. Assistants Tanner Bronson, Eddie Shannon and David McKinley (a former director of player development who was promoted to assistant coach last summer after an NCAA rule change increased staff size) will remain on staff. McKinley is not allowed to recruit players off campus, per NCAA rules.

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