So I saw this tweet:
And I’m guessing that Bilal Batley is going to be involved with the UH program somehow even though an official announcement hasn’t been made.
So, this is interesting. If you do a simple Google Search on Batley, you’ll find out that he came up as a Grad Manager with Navarro College before becoming a student manager at OU from 2004-2006 and then moved to Indiana to be a grad asst coach in 2007-2008. He then transitioned over to Memphis in the same role for the 2008-09 season and then moved to Kentucky as the asst director of basketball ops for one season (same season that had John Wall, Demarcus Cousins and crew). He then went to work for John Lucas as head of player development for a year and then resurfaced as an assistant at Navarro for 2 seasons, Paris JC for a season, and UIW for a season. He was then hired as the head coach at Paris JC and then stepped down 7 months later for personal reasons. Since Jan '16, there’s no listing where he’s been until now.
Now, as you notice, Batley worked for Sampson at OU and Indiana between 2004-2008. He then moved on to work for John Calipari for 2 seasons spanning Memphis/Kentucky. He then sat out a year. Here’s why:
So, looks like Coach Sampson is giving Batley another chance. So far, he’s done well with his reclamation projects so hopefully this one will go just as well. Good luck Coach? Batley.