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Reports: Evansville Has Hired Former Kentucky Star Walter McCarty As Head Coach

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LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 09: A basketball with a Kentucky Wildcats logo sits on the floor during the game against the Georgetown College Tigers at Rupp Arena on November 9, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Walter McCarty is finally getting a chance to be a head coach, in his hometown no less.

McCarty, who was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, will become the new head coach at Evansville per multiple reports. McCarty interviewed for the job this week.

The former Kentucky star and 10-year NBA vet has been an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics since 2013. Prior to that, he was an assistant for the Indiana Pacers and the University of Louisville.

McCarty helped Kentucky win the national championship in 1996 before becoming a first-round pick of the New York Knicks. He played for the Knicks, Celtics, Suns and Clippers during his NBA career.

McCarty retired in 2006 with career averages of 5.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.

He will join Steve Masiello, Travis Ford, Allen Edwards and Scott Padgett as former Kentucky players currently serving as Division I head coaches.