Aaron Miles’ basketball career is not officially over, but he’s getting a head start on a possible coaching career anyway.
Miles, a former Kansas point guard and the program’s career assist leader, will join the KU men’s basketball staff for 2015-16, coach Bill Self announced Wednesday. Miles will carry the official title of assistant director of student-athlete development.
“Aaron’s basketball career may not be over, but he is certainly going to be forced to miss this year because of a torn labrum that required surgery,” Self said in a release announcing the addition. “I’ve always told Aaron I wanted him to work for me someday. This is an opportunity for him to get a jump start toward the coaching profession, see how he enjoys it and if he would want to make a career of it after his playing days are over.”
Miles, who played at Kansas during 2001-05, helped the Jayhawks to two Final Fours during a decorated career, playing two seasons for Roy Williams and two under Self. Miles finished his career with 954 assists, the most in Kansas and Big 12 history. After leaving KU, Miles had a brief stint with the Golden State Warriors before spending most of the last 10 years playing professionally in Europe. Since 2008, Miles and his family have kept an offseason home in Lawrence.
“I love helping people,” Miles said. “I love basketball and I love the University of Kansas. This is an ideal situation for me to be able to do all three of those things. I am thankful to Coach Self for this golden opportunity to work under him and learn from his staff. Everybody in this office is special and I can learn from them all.”