Ex-NBA player Anthony Peeler wants to coach in Missouri


anthony-peelerEx-NBA player Anthony Peeler who is currently an assistant coach at Division II Virginia Union University, said he would want to coach the Missouri Tigers team, according to Missourian.

“It would be a dream come true,” Peeler said by phone. “That’s the reason why I started coaching.”

Currently, Peeler is an assistant coach at Division II Virginia Union University, but wants to come coaching to Missouri.

One of the most versatile players that has played at Missouri, Peeler was as much of a threat on offense as he was on defense.

He starred for the Tigers from 1989-1992, a stellar career that led to an All-American selection (’92), being named conference male athlete of the year (’92), scoring 1,970 points (third all-time at Missouri), and the 15th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1992 NBA Draft.

Peeler played 12 years in the NBA, for Los Angeles Lakers, Vancouver Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings and Washington Wizards.

Peeler averaged career high 14.5 ppg for the Grizzlies in 96-97 season. He holds career averages of 9.7 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 2.4 apg in 24.7 minutes per game.

In total he played in 827 NBA games, starting 296.

Peeler has been coaching for six years now since he retired from the NBA in 2005. He was a head coach for two years in China, and is now in his fourth year as an assistant at Virginia Union.

He says he loves coaching, not only because it allows him an opportunity to teach young players, but it also gives him an incentive.

With success, he might some day be able to return to his alma mater.

“Every day when I’m here with Virginia, that’s all they hear: Missouri this, Missouri that,” Peeler said. “They do all the drills that Missouri does. I wear a lot of Missouri stuff. They know my heart is in Missouri.”

Coaching, like most things in life, requires a lot of experience and support, something that he will gain with time.

“When Missouri was unsure about who they were going to hire, I had to keep going,” Peeler said. “It gave me more time to teach, learn, and get better at my craft.”

Much of that craft comes from one of his former coaches.

Whether or not Peeler will have an opportunity to coach at Missouri in the future remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure; coming back to Columbia is the ultimate goal.

Asked when he would like to return, Peeler laughed and responded, “yesterday.”

For now, Peeler will continue to improve his technique at Virginia Union.

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