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NC State Director of Basketball Operations Travis Hackert joins staff at UNCW

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COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NOV 23 Arkansas-Little Rock at NC State Photo by John McCreary/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Kevin Keatts now has two spots to fill on his coaching staff—Takayo Siddle left to become the head coach at UNC-Wilmington, and this week he brought NC State Director of Basketball Operations Travis Hackert with him.

Hackert was on Keatts’ staff at Wilmington, as was Siddle. Keatts brought both of those guys with him to NC State. Hackert was a student manager at Louisville before Keatts gave him his first opportunity in coaching at Wilmington. Now he’s getting the chance to move out of the administrative side and onto the bench.

It’s been a slow process to replace Siddle, no doubt because circumstances make everything more difficult these days. Normally it’d be worrisome to be operating with an incomplete staff during a recruiting period, but everything’s been shut down—no recruiting events, no in-person visits—and Keatts can afford to be deliberate with these hires.