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High Point hires Cherry away from USC

Darrin Horn is losing his top assistant after one season at South Carolina.

Scott Cherry will be introduced today as the new coach at High Point, according to multiple sources. The 37-year-old Cherry, a former player at North Carolina, spent the past two seasons with Horn, including one at Western Kentucky.

Attempts to reach Cherry were unsuccessful. Horn declined comment through a team spokesman.

High Point, a Big South Conference school in North Carolina, went 9-21 this season and fired coach Bart Lundy after six seasons. The school was apparently looking for a young coach with instate ties, as it also interviewed Wake Forest assistant Pat Kelsey, Virginia Tech assistant Ryan Odom (son of former USC coach Dave Odom) and G.G. Smith (son of Minnesota coach Tubby Smith, a High Point alum.)

Cherry played for North Carolina's 1993 national championship team. He had two stints as an assistant at George Mason and was on the staff when the Patriots made the 2006 Final Four.

Horn's remaining assistants are Cypheus Bunton and Mike Boynton. Neill Berry, a former WKU assistant, is USC's director of player development, and Robert Knotts is director of basketball operations.

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