Corie Blount brings 11 years of experience as a player in the National Basketball Association and a link to one of the most successful periods of University of Cincinnati basketball to his position as assistant coach on the Bearcat staff.
Blount was named interim assistant coach in early December. The former 6-10 pivot will tutor the Bearcat big men, but his basketball background and career will be a leading example for all UC players.
Blount, 36, was the starting center on the University of Cincinnati basketball teams that reached the NCAA Final Four in 1992 and Elite Eight in 1993. That he played college basketball, much less at the NBA level, is a tribute to his perseverance, hard work and dedication to the sport, something he will no doubt try to instill on the UC players.
A nondescript 6-5 journeyman player in high school, Blount was hardly recruited and elected to enter the work force upon graduation. A late growth spurt and the desire to continue playing basketball brought him to Rancho Santiago Junior College, where he was a consensus All-American choice and was named junior college player of the year by The Sporting News.
Blount brought his talents to UC where over two years, he averaged 9.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks. His other intrinsic values--how he helped others on the court play better and how he led his team to a Final Four and a near miss of a repeat trip--drew the attention of the pros. The Chicago Bulls made him the 28th pick in the first round of the 1993 draft.
Blount embarked on an 11-year pro career, playing for Chicago (1993-95), the Los Angeles Lakers (1995-98), Cleveland (1998-99), Phoenix (1999-2001), Golden State (2001), Philadelphia (2002), Chicago (2003-04) and Toronto (2004).
Blount retired prior to the start of the 2004-05 season but attempted a comeback last fall with the Lakers. He had career averages of 3.6 points and 4.2 rebounds.