It turns out this isn’t one big joke on everyone back in Kentucky after all. Derrick Jasper told The Las Vegas Sun that he will be joining Billy Gillispie’s staff at Texas Tech as a graduate assistant. Jasper admits that it is “shocking to some people” but he sees it as a great opportunity to begin his coaching career while finishing his master’s degree.
Despite the assumed fall out over Jasper’s recovery from knee surgery, he says there are no hard feelings between the two…
“I think that was blown out of proportion a bit. We had a good relationship. It wasn’t bad. It was me wanting to get closer to him. I wouldn’t be going back to work for him if I didn’t believe he was a good guy.”
That knee injury destroyed any hopes of a professional career and now it is bringing the two back together…
“I always wanted to get into coaching eventually. I figured out that my knee wasn’t going to hold up for that long, and I knew I wanted to still be involved with basketball and that I have a lot to give to the sport.”
Jasper says he is looking forward to learning the coaching business and starting his career in a comfortable spot. He’ll have two years at Texas Tech under Gillispie.
It’s still so hard to believe.