Texas coach Shaka Smart coaches in the Texas Tip-Off at Gregory Gym on Thursday October 20, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Former VCU standout Darius Theus joining Shaka Smart at Texas

Posted April 20th, 2017

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Darius Theus, who played for coach Shaka Smart at Virginia Commonwealth, will be the new director of player development at Texas.

Theus knows exactly what Smart wants out of the Longhorns. He made three trips to the NCAA Tournament and played on the VCU team that reached the 2011 Final Four. Theus, 27, finished his career third in school history in steals (237) and sixth in assists (462).

“We are really excited to have Darius join our coaching staff.” Smart said in a statement. “He is the all-time winningest player in VCU history and knows what goes into winning at a high level. Darius was a great leader on the court, and he will be an excellent mentor for our players off the court to help move them forward in both basketball and as well-rounded people.”

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Theus spent last season as the director of student-athlete development at VCU under Will Wade, who has since moved on to LSU.

“As a player, I always believed in what Coach Smart was about,” Theus said in a statement. “Everything he believed in, I believed in. I told him several years ago when I stopped playing, I wanted to work for him and be a part of his coaching staff. This is the perfect time to make this transition.”

The position at Texas came open when Smart reshuffled his staff after the season ended. Assistant coach David Cason was not retained, and Mike Morrell was shifted back into a full-time assistant role after spending the year as the director of player development.

Contact Brian Davis at 512-445-3957. Email bdavis@statesman.com.

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