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Report: Villanova to hire Washington assistant Raphael Chillious

Raphael Chillious

Villanova thought it had filled out its bench with the hire of Paul VI (Va.) coach Doug Martin, but his resignation over resume inaccuracies put the Wildcats back in search mode, looking to round out the coaching staff.

According to Jeff Goodman of, Jay Wright has found his man.

Washington assistant Raphael Chillious will be hired to replace Martin on the Villanova staff, Goodman says, with the official announcement coming sometime next week.

Chillious has important ties to the grassroots basketball scene, having worked with Nike as its business manager for the EYBL circuit, as well as on the prep level as the head coach of South Kent (Conn.) School.

He was hired at Washington in April of 2009 and has focused his work on the Huskies’ guards, including Isaiah Thomas and Tony Wroten, both of whom are now in the NBA.

Villanova finished this past season with an overall record of 13-19, including 5-13 in the Big East. The Wildcats will need to patch some holes, being that they will be without top scorers Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek for the start of the 2012-13 season.

Both left school early to pursue professional careers.

The Wildcats bring in two players from the Class of 2012, guards Ryan Arcidiacono and Mislav Brzoja, and center Daniel Ochefu.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_