Jaaber Set for First Season at Alma Mater

Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Luqman Jaaber knows Virginia Union basketball.  He wore the uniform as a player and now he's returning to his alma mater as the eighth head men's basketball coach in school history.

Jaaber played for the Panthers from 2002-2005 and is one of the best players in program history.  He was a three year starter for VUU, twice earning CIAA Male Athlete of the Year honors.  He finished his career as the program's leader in assists (446) and steals (276) and also accumulated 1,112 points during his time in a Panther uniform.  Jaaber also led Virginia Union to a national championship in 2005.  He's also a Richmond native who attended George Wythe High School.

The head coach, just 30 years old, has pieced together his coaching staff and is looking at a talented group on the bench.  15-year NBA veteran Anthony Peeler will join Jaaber on the bench as an assistant coach.  16-year VUU coaching veteran Jerome Furtado also will return as an assistant.

Jaabar has begun to assemble his first recruiting class, getting his first commitment from Highland Springs' Marcel Crump back in May.  He also will have a good core group of experienced players returning.  Ten players from last year's team that finished 19-15 are back for the 2011-2012 season.

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