By CODY WORSHAM
Tiger Rag Editor
Former LSU point guard Randy Livingston is the newest assistant coach on Johnny Jones’ staff, the program announced Tuesday.
Livingston, 41, is a New Orleans native who played under Dale Brown and Jones, then Brown’s assistant, at LSU from 1994-1996, playing just 32 games due to chronic knee injuries. He previously coached and played for the Idaho Stampede in the NBA D League, and has since run LivOn Basketball, an Australian based scouting and coaching service.
“I’m very excited,” Livingston said in a statement. “At the end of the day, coming back home was just too hard to pass up. I want to come in and work to help the basketball team win the ultimate prize. I want to blend in with Coach Jones and the staff in trying to achieve great success on and off the court.”
The former prep star at Newman High School, where he was the National Prep Player of the Year with Jason Kidd in 1992, was recently inducted into the New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame. Despite an injury-ridden career at LSU, he was selected in the second round of the 1996 NBA Draft. At LSU, his accomplishments included an 18-assist game in 1994 against George Mason, part of a team-record 38 assist performance. Those 18 assists ranks second only to Kenny Higgs’ 19 for a single game in school history. His 151 assists as a freshman rank seventh all-time at LSU for a single season and first among freshmen, and the 9.4 assists per game from that year remain a school record.
He would go on to play 11 NBA seasons for several teams, including the Houston Rockets, the Phoenix Suns, the Golden State Warriors, and the New Orleans Hornets. In 2006-07, he was the NBADL MVP, and the next season, he won the league championship.
After finishing his playing career, Livingston became the first scholarship recipient named through a partnership between the NBA D-League and the University of Phoenix. There, he earned his degree in Business Communications.
Here's Randy Livingston on the cover of @Tiger_Rag in March 1993. pic.twitter.com/pRoezTvtd3
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“I am very excited about the new addition to our staff, Randy Livingston,” Jones said in a statement. “He was a tremendous high school player, an NBA player and a true student of the game. He has coached in the summer leagues and in the NBA D-League as well as developing scouting services at the high school level. All these things have positively shown that Randy has the desire, commitment, and a great love for the game of basketball. We are excited about his passion and enthusiasm for the game and he bleeds purple and gold. The impact he will have on our players this coming season will allow for continued success and growth within our program.”
- National Prep Player of the Year (1992)
- LSU single-season per game assist record (9.4, 1994-95)
- LSU career per game assist record (7.6)
- CBA Champion: 2004–05
- NBADL Champion: 2007–08
- Finished career as Idaho Stampede All-Time leader in points (2,248), assists (1,517) and games played (163)
- NBADL MVP: 2006–07
- All-NBADL First-team: 2006–2007, 2007–08
- All-CBA Second-team: 1998–1999, 2003–2004
- Most assists in an NBADL game (22)
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