PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Jim Harrick said he would consider leaving as Rhode Island coach if a job in the NBA were offered to him.

``Depends on the situation. You don't want to go in where you are Denver and you win five games. But really, that is the pinnacle of coaching basketball. But there are only 29 of those jobs and only five or six of them open every year,'' Harrick said from St. Louis, where his team plays Valparaiso tonight in the NCAA tournament.

Harrick said he would also consider becoming an assistant coach in the NBA.

Speculation about Harrick coaching pro ball reignited this week following Rhode Island's defeat of heavily favored Kansas on Sunday. He didn't coach last season after being fired in 1996 from UCLA where he had coached the team to a national championship.