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Former Drury basketball standout Steven Gum is returning to the Panthers' bench as an assistant coach, DU head coach Steve Hesser announced on Tuesday.
Gum, 26, helped the Panthers to their only Great Lakes Valley Conference championship in 2007-08, the last of his four seasons in a DU uniform.
Upon graduation from Drury with a degree in Exercise and Sports Science in 2008, he spent two seasons at Missouri-St. Louis - another GLVC school - as an assistant for coach Chris Pilz before returning to the Ozarks for the past two years as an assistant coach at Republic High School under former Panthers' head coach Gary Stanfield.
The former Willow Springs standout scored 1,205 points in his Drury career from 2004-08, ranking 24th on the school's all-time scoring list. His 277 made 3-pointers in his career are second in the books behind only the 351 by Matt Miller from 1998-2002.
"Drury is a special place to me and I'm excited about the opportunity to work with and give back to a university and basketball program that has given me so many great memories," Gum says. "Coach Hesser is a great basketball mind and I look forward to learning more from him."
The Panthers finished 88-31 and made three NCAA-II tournament appearances in Gum's four seasons, including a 25-6 overall mark his senior campaign that netted a GLVC title.
"We're very excited to have Steven return to our program," Hesser said. "Not only is he a winner, but he knows the ins and outs of how we want to play and he picked up valuable recruiting experience in our league in his time at UMSL. Just as he was as a player, he'll be a tremendous asset for us going forward."
Gum will join a DU program coming off a 17-11 campaign in 2011-12, one that returns key personnel in the All-GLVC senior backcourt of Alex Hall and Brandon Lockhart and junior forward/center Ian Carter as well as a host of freshmen who picked up valuable experience last season.
Gum and wife Lauren reside in Republic.
Joining the Panther men's basketball coaching staff this season as a graduate assistant will be former Panther great Brandon Kimbrough. After a stellar career at Drury, Brandon played for the Manchester Magic in 2008-09 and averaged 19.3 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per contest and 5.8 assists per game and earned Second Team All-League honors. In 2009-10 he averaged 22.5 ppg.,5.3 rpg., and 6.8 apg for the Magic. He earned Second Team All-League honors, First Team All-Airport honors and helped the Magic to the playoffs and earned MVP honors in the finals.
In 2010-11 he played for the Noerdlingen Giants and averaged 25.4 ppg., 3.8 rpg., and 5.1 apg. He helped them win the league championship, earned First Team All-League and First Team All-Import honors...He was also named Import of the Year and Player of the Year for Noerdlingen. Brandon ranks seventh all-time with 434 assists and is 33rd all-time in scoring at Drury with 1,052 points. Kimbrough earned Second Team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors his senior season, Honorable Mention All-GLVC honors his junior season and First Team All-Heartland Conference honors his sophomore season.
Averaged 13.2 ppg. and dished out a team high 155 assists his senior season and scored a season high 23 points at Missouri S&T with a season high 11 assists at Lewis. Averaged 11.2 ppg. and led the team with 146 assists his junior season with a season high 22 points vs.Quincy. Brandon played at Drury from 2004-07. Brandon played his high school ball for Glendale High School where he was coached by current Panther head coach Steve Hesser.