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Kennedy to hire new assistant coach, signs shooting guard

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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 12:17 am, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

Texas A&M men's basketball coach Billy Kennedy will hire Amir Abdur-Rahim to fill the assistant coach vacancy, according to an athletic department member close to the men's basketball program.

The official announcement of the hiring should come as early as Thursday.

The Aggies did announce officially that Peyton Allen signed a letter of intent. Allen is a 6-foot-5 shooting guard who was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Illinois.

Abdur-Rahim, 33, spent the last two years as an assistant at the College of Charleston under head coach Doug Wojcik.

Glynn Cyprien, who was Kennedy's first hire when he came to A&M in May 2011, was released of his duties last week.

Abdur-Rahim was a three-time All-Southland Conference player for Kennedy at Southeastern Louisiana and was a graduate assistant for two years and an assistant coach for three years under Kennedy at Murray State. He is the brother of former NBA all-star Shareef Abdur-Rahim, who is the current assistant general manager of the Sacramento Kings.

A native of Georgia, Abdur-Rahim has strong recruiting ties in the Southeastern Conference region.

Allen averaged 25.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a senior. As a senior he was named first-team all-state and to the Chicago Tribune second-team.

"One of our goals this spring was to add a great 3-point shooter as well as a guard who can score, and Peyton is the guy we identified, and we're excited to bring him into our program," Kennedy said. "He's not just a shooter but also a guy who can put the ball on the floor and make tough plays as well as play defense. Being first-team all-state in Illinois tells you a lot about what type of player he is because basketball is really king in Illinois."

Rated as a three-star prospect by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com, Allen ended his career at Glenwood High School (Chatham, Ill.) as the school's all-time leading scoring with 2,036 points, including a record 809 as a senior. He finished with 493 free throws, good for eighth all-time in Illinois for a career. He shot 77 percent from the line for his career, 82 percent in his senior season.

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