College - Ohio State

Assistant Coach

Chris Jent joins the Kings from Ohio State, where he served as an assistant coach at his alma mater from 2011 to 2013. With Jent, the Buckeyes were 60-15 over the last two seasons, earning a Final Four berth in 2012 and an Elite Eight appearance in 2013.


Jent was the Cleveland Cavaliers director of player development from November 2006 to 2009, before being promoted to assistant coach. Jent was instrumental in the team's success as the Cavaliers posted a franchise-best 66 wins and finished the regular season as the NBA's top defensive squad, holding opponents to a league-low 91.4 points per game. He was also an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic (2004-05) - coaching the final 18 games of the 2004-05 season after Magic Head Coach Johnny Davis was relieved of his head coaching duties - and the Philadelphia 76ers (2003-04).


Prior to his coaching career, Jent spent 10 seasons playing professionally, including two years in the NBA. He was a member of the 1994 NBA Champion Houston Rockets and also played for the New York Knicks during the 1996-97 season. Jent spent five seasons in the CBA and also played overseas in Australia, Italy, Spain and Greece.


Jent played four seasons (1988-92) at Ohio State and helped lead the Buckeyes to three straight NCAA tournaments and back-to-back Big Ten championships. He played in 123 games and scored 1,007 career points, which included 112 made three-pointers. Jent's career 38.2 three-point field goal percentage ranks eighth all-time in Ohio State history. The Sparta, N.J. native graduated with a degree in communications. Jent (born Jan. 11, 1970) and his wife, Alice, have a daughter and a son.