Kansas State University

Weber says he’s close to hiring Lowery for K-State basketball staff

New Kansas State basketball coach Bruce Weber is close to hiring Chris Lowery as his first assistant with the Wildcats.

Weber said via text message Sunday night that he is still working through details with Lowery, but that he is hoping they can finalize a deal Monday.

Lowery, who was recently fired after an eight-year run with Southern Illinois, would be a logical addition to Weber’s coaching staff. Lowery served under Weber for two seasons before becoming the Salukis’ head coach. Together, they helped Southern Illinois go 52-15 and reach back-to-back NCAA Tournaments, including a trip to the Sweet 16.

Weber left Southern Illinois for Illinois in 2003. Matt Painter replaced him for one season before leaving for Purdue. Lowery took over the following season and went 145-115 as the Salukis’ coach. He guided them to three NCAA Tournaments and two Missouri Valley Conference championships. His best season came in 2007, when Southern Illinois won 29 games and reached the Sweet 16.

He couldn’t follow up that success in recent years, with Southern Illinois posting one winning season in the past five years.