Wizards Coach Randy Wittman hired David Adkins as a player development assistant, filling a vacancy on the coaching staff left when Ryan Saunders departed for Minnesota.
While the Wizards’ hire might seem unusual, Adkins was a longtime high school boys’ basketball assistant coach at DeMatha and Montrose Christian, where he worked with future NBA players Kevin Durant, Greivis Vasquez and Victor Oladipo. He has also trained Linas Kleiza, Alex Len and Austin Freeman.
Saunders left for Minnesota after the draft to join the staff of his father, Flip, who added coaching duties to his responsibilities as team president of the Timberwolves.
Adkins has been with Wizards’ this week during summer league minicamp. Al Harrington has also volunteered to help but hopes to continue his playing career. The Wizards will play the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday in Las Vegas.
Wittman’s staff now consists of Adkins and holdovers Sam Cassell, Don Zierden, Don Newman and Pat Sullivan.