A Detroit Pistons scout has been hospitalized with COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, a person with knowledge of the situation told the Free Press early Thursday.
“One of our scouts, who works out of his home office in another state, has been hospitalized with COVID-19 in that state,” the source said. “We do not have any information as to the potential vector of exposure.”
The source spoke on condition of anonymity because of health privacy rules. East Tennessee State basketball coach Steve Forbes tweeted Wednesday that the scout’s name is Maury Hanks, a college scout in the Pistons organization since 2014.
According to the source, the scout hasn’t been in Pistons headquarters or made physical contact with the team or staff in “some time.” The scout’s condition is considered serious.
“Our prayers are needed tonight for my good friend Maury Hanks, who has enjoyed a life-long association with the game of basketball in college and the NBA,” Forbes tweeted. “He is fighting the #coronavirus and needs our help. #Bigs (prayer emjois) He has so many friends & he needs all of our (prayer emojis) #SonnyBoy”
Hanks is based out of Knoxville, Tennessee, where Forbes was an assistant under Bruce Pearl from 2006 to 2011.
Before joining the Pistons, Hanks spent a season scouting for the Toronto Raptors and had previously worked for the Nets and coached in college for many years.
Hanks is credited with pushing for the Pistons’ acquisition of rookie Jordan Bone, a second-round pick out of Tennessee who played 10 games with the Pistons this season on a two-way contract.
News of Hanks’ COVID-19 diagnosis brought out many well-wishers on Twitter, including longtime coach Fran Fraschilla.
“Wow! Praying for Maury Hanks, one college & NBA Basketball’s favorite people,” Fraschilla tweeted.
Earlier this month, Pistons forward Christian Wood was one of 10 NBA players diagnosed with the coronavirus; Wood is expected to be cleared by doctors Thursday.
Michigan is up to more than 2,200 confirmed cases of coronavirus, with 43 deaths. Tennessee was u to 784 confirmed cases as of Wednesday.
Free Press sports editor Chris Thomas contributed to this report.
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Published at Thu, 26 Mar 2020 05:53:19 +0000