Monday, December 5 2022

AUSTIN — Texas assistant Ulric Maligi is set to join the staff of new Kansas State basketball coach Jerome Tang, a team source confirmed to the Express-News. Inside Texas and the Wichita Eagle first reported the move.

A native of Arlington, Maligi has spent his entire coaching career at Texas State, becoming one of the region’s top scouts since beginning his career as a 21-year-old assistant at UT-Arlington in 2006.

After stops at Stephen F. Austin, Houston, SMU, and Texas A&M, Maligi joined coach Chris Beard at Texas Tech in 2019. A few years later, Maligi accepted Beard’s offer to join him in Texas.

Maligi, 37, played a key role in Texas’ successful signing of 2022 five-star forward Dillon Mitchell and goaltender Arterio Morris. Maligi went above and beyond – literally – to sign Mitchell, tweeting a video of himself parachuting on Oct. 25, 2021, the day the Montverde Academy star signed on.

“He’s a relational guy, he cares about what he’s doing,” Beard said last October. “I saw this video like you did. I just texted Ulric, ‘Good job.’ Ulric is one of the best recruiters in the country and has been for a long time.

Beard, which visited Mitchell in Florida earlier this week in the midst of a recruitment trip, will now start looking for an assistant to replace Maligi.

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