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Former Husky Abdul Gaddy joins UW basketball team

New coach Danny Sprinkle continues to connect his University of Washington basketball program with the past, recently inviting former Husky and NBA guards Isaiah Thomas and Eldridge Recasner to speak with his players.

On Wednesday, he hired former four-year Huskies starting guard Abdul Gaddy as his director of player development, along with Tommy Connor, who served as an assistant at the University of Utah for 14 seasons in two separate posts, to bolster his coaching staff.

Gaddy, 32, played for UW's 26-10, 24-11, 24-11 and 18-16 teams – the Huskies' last extended period of success – and played alongside Terrence Ross, CJ Wilcox, Justin Holiday, Tony Wroten and Thomas, all NBA players. He is the school's second-leading player in assists with 469 assists, trailing only Will Conroy with 515 assists.

Huskies guard Abdul Gaddy plays against Utah Utes forward Jordan Loveridge (21) during his UW career.

Huskies guard Abdul Gaddy plays against Utah Utes forward Jordan Loveridge (21) during his UW career. / Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The undrafted Tacoma product spent the last 12 years playing in the NBA G League in Oklahoma City or abroad.

“Abdul is a great addition to our program,” Sprinkle said in a statement. “As a former Dawg, his pride in the program is evident. His knowledge of UW and experience as a professional at the highest level will help all of our players. He is a person of character that everyone at UW and in the Seattle-Tacoma area greatly respects.”

Connor was a four-year starting guard at Utah (1986-90) and coached the late Rick Majerus and Larry Krystkowiak at his alma mater. He was the head coach at NAIA Westminster College in Salt Lake City for 12 years.

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