Lamont Paris has reportedly been hired as the new South Carolina men's basketball head coach, according to Pete Thamel and Jeff Borzello of ESPN.
Paris, who signed a five year deal, according to ESPN, replaces Frank Martin who was fired after 10 seasons as head coach last Monday.
Paris comes to Columbia after four seasons as the head coach at Chattanooga where he had a 84-71 overall record.
The Mocs ended their 2021-2022 season as a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament in a close loss to No. 4 seed Illinois.
The loss to Illinois ended Chattanooga's best season under Paris. The team finished 27-8 and was the Southern Conference regular season and conference tournament champions.
Paris also helped four players garner All-SoCon honors in his time at Chattanooga, one of which was junior guard Malachi Smith, who was this years SoCon player of the year.
Prior to his time with Chattanooga, Paris was an assistant coach at five different schools. As an assistant coach at Wisconsin from 2011-2017, Paris was a part of a program that made several trips to the Sweet 16 and played in a national title game.
Paris also has spent time as an assistant coach with DePauw (1999-2000) and Indiana U. of Penn. (2001-2004).
His first coaching gig was as an assistant coach at College of Wooster, where he played from 1993-1996, in Wooster, Ohio.
Paris will inherit a team coming off an 18-13 record that was eliminated from the SEC Tournament early with a 22 point loss and failed to make the NCAA Tournament or NIT.
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