Auburn grad assistant KT Harrell lands Division-I job

After two seasons as a grad assistant, former Auburn All-SEC guard KT Harrell has landed his first gig in the coaching industry.

Harrell, whose senior season as a player with the Tigers was Bruce Pearl‘s first season as head coach on the Plains, was named the director of basketball operations at FAU on Thursday.

The SEC’s scoring leader in 2015, Harrell played professionally overseas in Belgium, Italy and Turkey before returning to his alma mater as a graduate assistant ahead of the 2020-21 season.

I think so often it’s just in those interpersonal relationships,” Pearl said last year of Harrell’s role. “Those conversations on the bus or at the hotel, in the locker room. Having played in the system, having played in other systems, having played professionally, having graduated and starting a family, he’s not too many years removed from what those guys are going through. So, he’s a great listening board. … KThe’s watching Ira (Bowman) and Wes (Flanigan), watching Steven (Pearl), watching the other guys and learning from Chad (Prewett) and Mike Burgomaster and Ian (Borders) and my other staff about how to coach — how to watch film, how to break things down, so it’s a combination of a hands-on training for him.”

A product of Brewbaker Tech in Montgomery, Harrell transferred from Virginia after two seasons with the Cavaliers and enrolled at Auburn two years before Pearl arrived. After sitting out one season due to NCAA transfer rules, he played his junior year during Tony Barbee and his senior year coinciding with Pearl’s first season with the Tigers.

He started 75 of Auburn’s 77 games from the 2013-14 to 2014-15 season, leading Auburn in scoring both years with 18.4 points and 3.5 rebounds per game while shooting 44.3% from the field.

Harrell was the second-best 3-point shooter in the SEC his senior year with a 43.4% mark from downtown.

After the Tigers went 4-14 in the league Harrell’s senior season, he powered them to three wins in the SEC tournament in Nashville.

“They’re going to look back at this year, and they’re going to say, ‘This is where it started,'” Harrell said after the 2015 SEC tournament run of the future of Auburn basketball under Pearl.

Earlier this month, another grad assistant, Maddux Jeffreys, was promoted to a full-time role as Auburn’s assistant director of operations.

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