Isaiah Canaan. Amir Abdur-Rahim

Murray State guard Isaiah Canaan, left, is consoled by Murray State assistant coach Amir Abdur-Rahim at the end of their NCAA second-round college basketball game against Butler in San Jose, Calif., Saturday, March 20, 2010. Butler won the game 54-52. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Texas A&M basketball coach Billy Kennedy is hiring Amir Abdur-Rahim to fill the vacancy of assistant coach, according to an A&M athletic department member very close to the men’s basketball program.

The official announcement of the hiring should come as early as Thursday.

Abdur-Rahim, 33, spent the last two years as an assistant at the College of Charleston under hed coach Doug Wojcik. He was promoted to associate head coach last June.

Glynn Cyprien, who was Kennedy’s first hire when he came to A&M in May of 2011, was released of his duties last week.

Abdur-Rahim has strong ties to the Southeast region. He is a native of Georgia and coached at Georgia Tech for one season before moving to the College of Charleston.

He was a three-time all Sothland Conference selection for Kennedy at Southeastern Louisiana and was a graduate assistant for two years and an assistant coach for three years with Kennedy at Murray State.

Abdur-Rahim is the brother of former NBA all-star and current assistant general manager of the Sacramento Kings Shareef Abdur-Rahim.

The Advocate of Baton Rouge had printed that Southern coach Roman Banks was being talked to for the opening by A&M because of his ties to Kennedy. I was told Abdur-Rahim was the only serious candidate.

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