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Horn adds one to new staff

One week after Darrin Horn’s introduction as USC’s new coach, the first of his assistants joined the program.

Cypheus Bunton, a former teammate and assistant for Horn at Western Kentucky, moved into his offices Tuesday. Bunton could not be reached for comment, but multiple sources confirmed that he was hired and at the USC basketball facility.

Horn is expected to bring the other two members of his Western Kentucky staff to USC. Scott Cherry is set to be the top assistant, as he was last season for Horn, and Neill Berry would become the Gamecocks’ director of basketball operations.

That leaves one assistant coaching spot yet to be filled.

The 36-year-old Bunton joined Horn’s staff four years ago after his playing career ended. A 6-foot-6 forward, Bunton played overseas, as well as the Continental Basketball Association and the NBA Developmental League.

A native of Louisville, Bunton played two years at Western Kentucky, where he entered this season ranked sixth in career blocks. He and Horn helped lead the Hilltoppers to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 in 1993, then did the same as coaches this past season.

Horn returned Monday night from the Final Four, where the national coaches convention was held. He spent part of Tuesday working with Gamecock players as part of the on-court program the NCAA allows during the offseason. Horn was unavailable for comment.

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