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Bilal Batley enters his first season as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Paris Junior College.
“I am grateful to have the opportunity to work under my mentor, Coach Chuck Taylor. I am looking forward to successfully contributing my efforts to Paris Junior College,” he said.
“Just call me Coach B. That’s what everybody calls me,” he said.
Batley was as an assistant basketball coach at Navarro College from 2010 to 2012. The 2011-2012 team won the Region XIV tournament championship and made a national tournament appearance. The 2010-2011 team achieved a 20-win season and an All Academic Team Award, earning above a 3.0 grade point average.
In 2009, Coach John Lucas hired Batley as head of player development with his company, John Lucas Resources. Batley specialized in skill development, working with basketball players to prepare them for the NBA draft, and with veteran NBA players looking to improve their skill sets. Batley also assisted in the Life Skills Department, which helps players excel in the community and become better people.
Batley was an assistant director of basketball operations at the University of Kentucky in 2009. The Kentucky staff was responsible for assembling the nation’s No. 1 recruiting class and accomplished an Elite Eight appearance. Batley held the same role the previous year at the University of Memphis, when the team earned a Sweet 16 appearance.
Batley was a graduate assistant coach at Indiana University in 2007-2008. The Hoosiers had a successful season led by future NBA players such as Eric Gordon, Jordan Crawford, and D.J. White.
Batley was a student basketball manager at the University of Oklahoma from 2004 to 2006, making two NCAA tournament appearances and helping the Sooners earn a Big XII Conference Championship.
Overall, Batley has been a part of five 20-win seasons, two conference championships, four NCAA tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance, nine NBA first round picks, four NBA lottery picks, the number one NCAA Recruiting Class in the nation, and has worked with over 75 NBA players.
Batley earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Oklahoma in 2007.