Kentucky assistant Joel Justus leaves for top assistant job at Arizona State, source says

In what could be one of several changes to the  coaching staff after the Wildcats missed the tournament for the first time since 2013, assistant coach has elected to take the top assistant post under Bobby Hurley at  State, a source told on Thursday.

Justus, who arrived in in 2014 as director of analytics and then became a special assistant to the head coach, was the lead recruiter of many of the top prospects to go through Kentucky — including Bam Adebayo, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, Johnny Juzang,  and others — since he was elevated to an assistant coaching role in 2016.

He will be replacing Rashon Burno, who left the Sun Devils to become head coach at Northern Illinois.

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