by Scott Agness – Follow Scott
A familiar face has returned to the Indiana Pacers’ scouting department after a few years away.
The Pacers have rehired Brian Winters as a collegiate scout, replacing Carl Nicks, who moved over to player relations after eight years on the daily grind of being a scout.
The Pacers’ scouting department consists of 11 people with various roles, including the scouting of upcoming opponents, players around the league, international talent, and those in the college ranks. It’s headed up by Ryan Carr, who started with the franchise as a video intern under Larry Bird in 1997.
Many of the scouts are scattered across the United States, but they were all in town last week as the team ushers in a new season. Winters attended the Pacers’ first two preseason games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and sat beside scout Kevin Mackey.
Winters, who is still based in Denver, has almost a decade of experience working for the organization.