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Roger Powell Jr. Will Join Bryce Drew's Vanderbilt Staff

Powell was Drew's top assistant at Valparaiso and will follow his boss to Nashville.

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After Kevin Stallings took the head coaching job of the Pittsburgh Panthers, his top assistant Tom Richardson followed him to Pittsburgh; meanwhile, fellow assistant coach Adam Cohen took the same position at Stanford.

That left at least two assistant coaching vacancies for new head coach Bryce Drew, but he's already filled one of those.

Powell has been on Drew's staff at Valparaiso since he became the head coach in 2011. The 33-year-old Powell is a native of Joliet, Illinois, and played collegiately for the Illinois Fighting Illini, graduating in 2005 before beginning a five-year professional career that included a three-game stint with the Utah Jazz during the 2006-07 season.

The remainder of the staff will be filled in the coming weeks.  It is not known whether assistant coach Derrick Jones will be retained or go elsewhere, while Drew's other two assistant coaches from Valparaiso will not be joining him: Matt Lottich will succeed Drew as Valpo's head coach and Luke Gore is being retained as an assistant by Lottich.