Hoops assistant Johnson to TCU now official

Mark Fox officially has a vacancy on his Georgia men’s basketball coaching staff.

Assistant coach Kwanza Johnson has resigned to take a similar position at TCU, Georgia confirmed Friday morning.

The move had been widely expected for nearly three weeks, so Fox has had plenty of time to mull how he would fill his first assistant opening in his four seasons at Georgia.

Fox had said Wednesday that Johnson had not made any decision, but the delay in Johnson leaving didn’t seem to bother him.

The Oklahoma native is joining the staff of Trent Johnson at TCU. Johnson and Fox coached together at Nevada and Washington and are best of friends.

“Kwanza is like family,” Fox said Wednesday. “He’s done a great job for us, we got through the school year and he’ll decide what is the right path for him.”

That’s going to TCU.

“He’s done a grat job for us the past seven years, both at Nevada and here at Georgia, so his contributions to our staff will be missed,” Fox said in a statement Friday. “We certainly wish him and his family the very best.”

Georgia posted the opening on the university employment website on Thursday.

Coaches aren’t on the road recruiting again now and won’t be again until July, Fox noted.

“May is the slowest time for basketball coaches,” Fox said.

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