It's safe to say Rod Strickland knows a few things about the game of basketball.
A first round draft pick by the Knicks in 1988, Strickland scored over 14-thousand points during his 17 years in the NBA.
The focus now for the veteran point guard is developing a new career in coaching...as the Director of Student Athlete development at the University of Memphis.
Tigers coach john Calipari knew of Strickland from his days in the NBA, but it was a connection with former Tiger players Dajaun Wagner and Arthur Barclay that paved the way for a position on the Tiger staff.
(Calipari)"I think what he is, is a resource for them. Because the position limits what he can do on the floor, but he's there. Checking all the classes, he's around, they stop in the office and chat with him. What a resource."
Now a student at the U of M, finishing up his degree, Strickland is still adjusting to life outside of the NBA.
(Strickland) "The hardest transition is being on the sideline and not the court. A lot of times, you watch them play and you want to be out there. I'm only one, two years removed from the NBA, and I still love the game, still love to play."
And the Tigers have an invaluable tool for the upcoming season.