He arrived in Westwood after spending seven years as an assistant coach at the University of Oregon (2000-07).
"Coach Duncan has a great background in coaching and is very well-respected as an outstanding recruiter," Howland said. "He is a very experienced coach, an outstanding person, and I feel very fortunate to have with our Bruin family."
Duncan has 30-plus years of experience as a major college basketball assistant coach.
Howland and his talented staff have landed back-to-back-to-back Top 15 nationally-ranked recruiting classes. Duncan helped land the 2010 Bruins' recruiting class that ranked No. 15 by ESPN.com. The class included Joshua Smith, 6-10, C; Lazeric Jones, 6-0, G; Tyler Lamb, 6-4, G; and Matt Carlino, 6-1, G. He also helped secure the 2009 Bruins' recruiting class that ranked ranked No. 4 by Scout.com. That class included five players that were all 6-foot-7-inches or taller (Tyler Honeycutt, 6-7, F; Brendan Lane, 6-9, F; Mike Moser, 6-8, F; Reeves Nelson, 6-8, F and Anthony Stover, 6-10, C).
Recognized as one of the nation's best assistant coaches and top recruiters, Duncan's hard work and dedication paid off in 2007 for Oregon when the Ducks reached the "Elite Eight" and won the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament. That investment continued to pay off with all four freshmen in the recruiting class of 2004 ranked amongst the nation's top 75 players in the country.
During his stint at Oregon, the Ducks won three Pac-10 titles (the 2002 regular-season championship and the 2003 and 2007 Pac-10 Tournament championships). Oregon also reached the "Elite Eight" in the NCAA Tournament twice during that span (2002 and 2007).
Duncan was recently named the eighth-best assistant coach in the country by Hoop Scoop and was recognized as one of the nation's top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com. In 2001, he was noted as one of the hardest-working assistant coaches and one of the nation's best recruiters in a pair of surveys compiled by Rivals.com's Dave Telep. During the summers of 2002-03, he was an assistant on Ernie Kent's USA Basketball Junior National team trials camp staff.
The 55-year-old Columbus, Ohio, native has been associated with Division I programs that have advanced to postseason play 17 of the past 23 seasons. Oregon's 2002 NCAA Elite Eight run marked the first time in his coaching career that his team advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
He officially joined the Ducks' coaching staff in 2000 after spending the previous three seasons under Larry Shyatt, assisting Wyoming to its first postseason berth in seven campaigns in 1997-98 before moving with Shyatt to Clemson the following year. During 1998-99, Duncan helped coach the Tigers to their seventh 20-win season (20-15) in school history, while working with ACC scoring leader Terrell McIntyre. He played a major role in the school signing four of the nation's top 100 recruits.
Encompassing a span that began with a two-year stint at Washington State during the 1995-96 season, Duncan has helped attract recruiting classes that have been recognized among the top 25 in the country 10 of the last 13 years.
Duncan was born on Sept. 18, 1955 in Cleveland, Ohio. Graduating in 1978 with an undergraduate degree in physical education and economics from the College of Wooster, Ohio, the three-year letterman began his coaching career as a part-time assistant for Ray Dieringer at Cleveland State in 1978-79. Two years later, he joined head coach Gary Colson at New Mexico for a 10-year tenure. Duncan also spent time with Colson at Fresno State and then four years at Northern Illinois (1991-92 through 1994-95) under Brian Hammil prior to his stops at Washington State (under head coach Kevin Eastman), Wyoming and Clemson.