After two seasons as an assistant basketball coach at St. Joseph's, Doug Overton is taking his talent to the highest level.

Overton, a member of the Big Five Hall of Fame who played 11 seasons in the NBA, has been named an assistant coach of the New Jersey Nets.

"This opportunity came and was hard to pass up because it's the NBA and the chance to coach at the highest level," Overton said. "It's always been a goal of mine to coach at that level. I believe the time I spent here at St. Joseph's has definitely prepared me for this."

The Nets are among eight teams Overton played for during an NBA career that ended in 2004, when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers. A standout guard at La Salle from 1988 to '91, Overton was named first-team all-MAAC and all-Big Five for three consecutive seasons. Along with Lionel Simmons, one of the all-time greats in Big Five history, Overton led the Explorers to three straight appearances in the NCAA tourney.

Overton went to St. Joe's after working as director of player development for the Sixers.

A second-round pick by the Detroit Pistons in the 1991 NBA draft, Overton played for Washington, Denver, Orlando, New Jersey, Boston, Charlotte and the Sixers (1996-98, 1998-99). Overton starred at Dobbins Tech, where he, Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble led the team to the Public League championship.