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Adam Morrison joining Gonzaga staff

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Gonzaga's Adam Morrison was a National Player of the Year in 2006. (USATSI)

Former Gonzaga star and National Player of the Year Adam Morrison is taking classes at the West Coast Conference school and will be a member of the Bulldogs' coaching staff this season, coach Mark Few told CBSSports.com on Thursday.

"He'll be a student assistant," Few said. "It'll be great. The players really respect him."

Morrison, 28, became a college basketball icon -- thanks in part to a 28.1 points per game scoring average and unforgettable mustache -- in 2006 while leading Gonzaga to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. The 6-foot-8 forward was named a First Team All-American and the Chevrolet National Player of the Year that season before becoming the third overall pick of the 2006 NBA Draft. He spent four years in the NBA, where he was a member of two championship teams with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.

Gonzaga is ranked 16th in the preseason Top 25 (and one).

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and frequent contributor to the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts the highest-rated sports talk radio show -- The Gary Parrish Show -- in the history of Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two children and a dog.
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