Greg Gard fills his bench with assistant coach Dean Oliver

Jon McNamara, Editor
Badger Blitz

Wisconsin has found its replacement for Lamont Paris, and it's right in time for the live recruiting evaluation period, which begins Friday.

Thursday afternoon, the school announced that Dean Oliver, an All-Big Ten guard who was most recently on staff at Illinois State (2015-17), will join Greg Gard's staff.

"We are really excited to welcome Dean back to the Big Ten and the Wisconsin basketball family," Gard said in a release. "I have been impressed with him over the years and after getting to know him better through this process, it became easy to see why he has been so successful in the past as a player and most recently as a coach.

"Everyone I talked to about Dean had the utmost respect for his leadership, teaching abilities and passion for helping student-athletes. He has a tremendous reputation for building relationships, has great rapport with players and excels in player development, particularly with guards. It's rare to find a coach with his combination of professional playing experience and coaching ability and I have no doubt he is the right fit for our program."

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