Brian Reese, who was a teammate of Rice's at UNC under legendary head coach Dean Smith, joined the Hawks as an assistant coach after a season at High Point University, where he was an assistant under another UNC grad Scott Cherry.
"Brian has worked his way up the coaching ranks," Rice commented. "Brian was a great player, who can really teach the game on the floor. His interaction with the kids is amazing, and he will help them in their lives."
Reese, who won a national championship with the Tar Heels in 1993, played in 134 games during his four years, averaging 8.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, while shooting over 50 percent for his career. He was the 40th player in UNC history to score at least 1,000 points in his career, finishing with 1,113. Reese's best season was UNC's national championship year of 1992-93, when he averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game to help lead the Tar Heels to their third NCAA title.
Reese, a McDonald's High School All-American out of St. Nicholas of Tolentine H.S. in Bronx, New York, was also named to the 1993 All-ACC Tournament Team, and was awarded the 1993 Jimmie Dempsey Award as the team's most improved player, and the 1994 Foy Roberson Award, as the team's most inspirational player.
After graduating from UNC with a degree in Communications, with a minor in African-American Studies in 1994, Reese spent the summer and preseason with the Milwaukee Bucks. Reese played professionally in Austria, Belgium, the Dominican Republic, England, Finland, Iceland, France, Korea, Taiwan and Puerto Rico, and was frequently honored as Most Valuable Player and led the team in scoring.
Prior to his season at High Point, Reese was an assistant coach at Wingate University, where he helped the Bulldogs improve to 14-14. Prior to his time at Wingate, Reese spent one season as the head varsity coach at South Iredell High School in Statesville, S.C., and two seasons at JV head coach and varsity assistant coach at Porter Ridge High School in Indian Trail, N.C.
Originally from Bronx, N.Y., Reese spent 14 years as a coach and counselor for the Carolina Basketball Camps, and was also a volunteer coach for four months with the 2XSALT ministry founded by Bobby Jones, David Thompson and Bart Kofoed. Reese was also named as one of New York City's top-25 players in the last 25 years, by the New York Post.