Former Bonnies star Vanterpool takes Associate Head Coach position with Minnesota Timberwolves

David Vanterpool, then an assistant coach with Portland, talks with guard Damian Lillard (0) in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center. (Photo: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports)

Courtesy of GoBonnies.com

MINNEAPOLIS – St. Bonaventure basketball product David Vanterpool will continue his NBA coaching career this upcoming season, but he will do so in a new city.

Vanterpool recently accepted the Associate Head Coach position with the Minnesota Timberwolves where he will serve as the top assistant to head coach Ryan Saunders.

“David is someone I have had a great amount of respect for throughout his time in Portland,” Saunders said in a team press release. “His ability to connect with players and create lasting relationships is something that will be critical for us. Also, his basketball knowledge and attention to detail will be invaluable. We’re excited for David to implement his schemes and philosophies on the defensive side of the ball and maximize our players’ strengths. David is an important addition to our team as we look to build the best coaching staff possible. We welcome him and his family to our Timberwolves family.”

Vanterpool spent the previous seven seasons on the bench as an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity to join the Minnesota Timberwolves and work for (Timberwolves President of Basketball Operations) Gersson Rosas and Ryan,” Vanterpool said in the team release. “Obviously there is a lot of talent on this team. I look forward to working with Ryan and the rest of our staff to put our players in the best possible position to succeed.”

During his St. Bonaventure days, Vanterpool earned All-Atlantic 10 honors and finished his career as the first Bonnies player to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 200 assists and 100 steals. He helped lead the Bonnies back to national respect, taking Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team honors in 1991-92. As a senior, he averaged 17.5 ppg and was named First Team All-A-10. More importantly, he led the 1994-95 team to the NIT – the first national postseason bid for the program since 1983. Vanterpool stands 14th all-time in career scoring with 1,474 points and is also among the program’s leaders in assists (401, eighth), rebounding (630, 22nd) and three-pointers (106, 19th). His 247 steals were at the time a school record and a total that still ranks fourth in program history.

Following his Bonaventure career, he played in the NBA with Washington and New Jersey as well as overseas before transitioning to a coaching career. Named to the St. Bonaventure Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006, he is currently a nominee for the Bonnies All-Time Team.

One of the most well-respected assistants in the NBA, he has frequently had his name in circles for a head coaching position in the league. Vanterpool has aided greatly in the development of Portland star Damian Lillard as well as backcourt mate CJ McCollum.

Prior to Portland, Vanterpool also served with the Oklahoma City Thunder as director of pro personnel from 2010-12 and was an assistant coach of the Canadian Men’s National Team in 2015.

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