Source: NIU narrows coach search

Updated: March 18, 2011, 11:17 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Indiana assistant coach Tim Buckley, Gonzaga assistant coach Ray Giacoletti, Purdue assistant coach Paul Lusk and South Dakota State head coach Scott Nagy are among the candidates Northern Illinois is considering for its men's basketball coach, according to a source.

The Huskies fired Ricardo Paton as coach earlier this month after four seasons.

Buckley is in his third year as an assistant coach at Indiana. He previously was Ball State's head coach for six seasons. He had a 143-139 record at Ball State. He also was an assistant at Iowa and Marquette. He has a history of recruiting the Chicago area.

Giacoletti has been assistant at Gonzaga for four seasons. He was a head coach at Utah, George Washington and North Dakota State. He coached Eastern Washington to the NCAA tournament in 2004 and Utah to the Sweet 16 in 2005. He resigned from Utah in 2007 after back-to-back losing seasons. He is originally from East Peoria, Ill.

Nagy is in his 15th season at South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits were 19-12 overall and 10-8 in the Summit League this season. He has a 275-174 record at South Dakota State. He is originally from Champaign, Ill.

Lusk has been on Purdue's staff for seven seasons. He was under Gene Keady for one season and has been with Matt Painter for the past six years. He also was an assistant under Painter at Southern Illinois. Lusk has had success as a recruiter in the Chicago area.

Scott Powers covers high school and college sports for ESPNChicago.com and can be reached at spowers@espnchicago.com.

Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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