LSU hires Patrick as men's hoops assistant

David Patrick, a graduate of the Dunham School in Baton Rouge, La., and a native of Bermuda with extensive international basketball ties, was hired as an assistant men's basketball coach at LSU, it was announced Wednesday in an LSU news release.

Patrick, who was a player personnel scout for the Houston Rockets when he was hired by LSU, replaced Shawn Forrest, who resigned for personal reasons.

"We are definitely excited about the addition of David Patrick to our staff," LSU head coach Johnny Jones said. "He will not only be able to help us with game planning and practice preparation, but we look forward to forward to him helping us raise our level of recruiting at LSU, both regionally, as well as nationally."

Patrick's expertise has been as an international recruiter. He coached as an assistant at Nicholls State and St. Mary's (Calif.), helping establish a pipeline of Australian players for both programs. Patrick grew up in Australia and played for Australia's junior national team before attending Dunham (then called Chapel Trafton) as an exchange student in the 1994-95 school year. He played one year at Syracuse before transferring to finish his college career at Louisiana-Lafayette.

He played professionally in Australia, England and Spain before returning to the U.S. to join the staff at Nicholls State in 2005-06, where he worked for his high school coach from Dunham, Nicholls head coach J.P. Piper. He left Nicholls to spend three years at St. Mary's. At both stops, he helped bring in Australian players and St. Mary's became a top-25 program and an annual contender in the West Coast Conference with a roster heavy on Aussies.

He left St. Mary's for the Rockets, but he was going through a suspension by the NBA for contacting players during the NBA lockout when he was hired by LSU.

Patrick arrives at LSU just as a top Aussie prospect, 7-foot center Thon Maker, is set to begin his high school career this fall as a freshman at Metairie Park Country Day High School in suburban New Orleans. Maker attended Country Day as an eighth grader last in 2011-12.