RSU assistant

Rogers State men's basketball and head coach Justin Barkley have announced the addition of Lucas Hunter to the coaching staff for the Hillcats.

"I am extremely excited to add Lucas, who is a young, up and coming coach in our business, to our staff," Barkley said. "Lucas presents a lot of qualities we believe in at RSU. He will fit in great to our staff.

Hunter will join Rogers State from East Central University and will serve as an assistant coach on the men's basketball staff.

"I am excited to join the Hillcat basketball family and very appreciative of Coach Barkley for this opportunity" Hunter said. "I am eager to get to work and help continue to build upon the success that this program has had in previous years.

"I would be remiss not to thank the many coaches and players I have learned a great deal from that have helped shape me in my young career.”

Over the last two seasons, Hunter worked under East Central head coach Ja Havens as an assistant coach. With the Tigers, Hunter worked with the forwards and helped lead the team to consecutive postseason appearances.

Along with his role on the floor, Hunter helped assist with player development, recruiting, overseeing student-athlete academics, team fundraising, teal travel and scouting opponents.

"Lucas is coming from a program I have great respect for at East Central University," Barkley said. "They have been one of the most successful programs in the state over the past few years. I can't wait to get started working with him."

Prior to his two-year stint in Ada, Hunter served as the lead manager for the men's basketball program at Southern Illinois University.

In two seasons, Hunter assisted the Salukis, who finished in the top four in the Missouri Valley Conference both seasons.

While at SIU his duties included on floor skill development of guards and forwards, assisting with scouting reports, evaluating recruiting prospects, helping with on campus visits, working on film breakdown and coordinating team travel and meals.

Hunter moved to Southern Illinois after spending a season at the University of Alabama, where he also served as a student manager.

The Carterville, Ill., native earned a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois in Civil and Environmental Engineer in May 2017 and graduated with his master's degree in Sports Administration from East Central in May of 2019.