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Reactions mostly optimistic after Arizona’s hiring of Tommy Lloyd

Apr 14, 2021, 5:32 PM | Updated: 6:38 pm
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)...
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The Arizona Wildcats have found their new men’s basketball head coach.

Gonzaga’s associate head coach Tommy Lloyd will now take the helm in Tucson for the Wildcats.

Lloyd has spent the last 20 seasons with the Gonzaga Bulldogs as coach Mark Few’s right-hand man.

Despite not having any prior head coaching experience or a connection to the program, people are optimistic for Lloyd’s future in Arizona.

Here’s a look at some of the early reactions from the Lloyd hire:

Former Gonzaga Bulldog standout Dan Dickau had nothing but high praise for his former coach who helped him develop his game to the next level after transferring to Gonzaga in 2000.

Many people credit Lloyd for his international recruiting efforts by bringing in high-level talent such as Rui Hachimura, Kelly Olynyk, Domantas Sabonis and Ronny Turiaf, all of which got drafted into the NBA.

However not everyone was happy to see Lloyd leave Spokane, as some Bulldog fans were sad to see one of their coaches depart to Tucson.

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