As Jeff Hornacek is busy watching draft prospects parade through Talking Stick Resort Arena many wonder if he’ll be evaluating college players in different capacity later this summer.
Many have linked the Phoenix Suns head coach to the same position at his alma mater Iowa State as Fred Hoiberg is expected to officially be named the Chicago Bulls new head coach in the immediate future.
On the surface a potential move back to the midwest seems to make sense on a number of fronts.
“Jeff would bring a lot of qualities to the job that are similar to what Fred Hoiberg has had,” Sporting News college basketball insider Mike DeCourcy told Sports360AZ.com’s Brad Cesmat moments after listing Hornacek as his top candidate in Ames. “That NBA experience. The knowledge of the game that comes from that. The love of Iowa State.”
He also mentioned the two coaches mirrored personalities and “cool demeanor[s]” as further evidence Hornacek and ISU could be a prefect marriage.
The Suns, on the other hand, are far from perfect, missing the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season this summer. Hornacek just completed his second-year on a three-year contract with a fourth-year club option. He could find stability at Iowa State returning to an area he’s quite familiar with and comfortable in.
“You don’t have to sell Iowa State basketball,” DeCourcy explained to Cesmat. “They have a great fan base. All they need to be is good…I think Jeff is a capable enough basketball man.”
Question is do the Suns feel the same and will Robert Sarver make the financial commitment to Hornacek?
Only time will tell.
Probably sooner than later.