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LeBron James Praises Ohio State Basketball's Hiring Of Chris Jent

Jaylen Brown hugs LeBron James after a game.

BOSTON, MA - MAY 27: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers talks with Jaylen Brown #7 of the Boston Celtics after the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Boston Celtics 87-79 in Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the 2018 NBA Finals at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

Ohio State basketball's new assistant coach, Chris Jent, coached LeBron James with the Cleveland Cavaliers. 

Jent, who coached at OSU from 2011-13 before returning this spring, was an assistant for the Cavs from 2006-11. James, the two-time NBA champion, was there for four of those seasons before leaving for the Miami Heat. 

Like Ohio State's fan base, James is also pretty happy with Thad Matta's decision to bring Jent back to Columbus. 

From The Dispatch:

“I think it’s great,” James said inside the Cleveland Clinic Courts. “Obviously I know how much (Jent) loves Ohio, how much he loves Ohio State and I think it’s great for the program to get a basketball mind like that. I’ve got a long history with him, and it’s great to see him back in Columbus.”


“We were able to put in a lot of work when he was here as an assistant,” James said. “Also, in a few offseasons we put in a lot of work to just help improve my game, and I give him a lot of credit.”

James obviously didn't attend Ohio State, but he's said he would have if he hadn't gone straight from high school to the NBA. He has a locker inside the Buckeyes' facility at the Schottenstein Center. 

His approval of Jent should certainly help OSU on the recruiting trail.