Bacari Alexander Named Assistant Coach

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Bacari Alexander has been selected to fill Michigan’s vacant assistant coaching position.

I’m posting from an AAU game on my phone and I’ll post some thoughts later on but I definetely like the choice. Here’s the official release:

“I am very excited about the addition of Bacari Alexander to our coaching staff,” said Beilein. “From the very beginning of this search, I had specific qualities and characteristics I was looking for in our next basketball coach. Bacari fits that profile 100 percent.”

“He has strong roots in Michigan and significant recruiting experience both here and in neighboring states,” added Beilein. “He is a passionate teacher with strong communication skills. Bacari is a former post player and has a proven ability in the development of big men at the college level. With our young front court, that was an important factor in my final selection. I look forward to Bacari’s immediate and very positive impact on the growth of our program.”

“My family and I are very excited to be part of the Michigan family,” said Alexander. “As a native of the State of Michigan, I feel very fortunate to be associated with such a great program. For a lack of better terms this is a match made in heaven for me.

“I am anxious to start working with this young and developing team, and I am eager and motivated to recruit the kind of student-athletes that will put Michigan back to the top of the Big Ten.”

Alexander comes to Michigan after a nine-year Division I coaching career, spending the last two seasons as an assistant coach at Western Michigan (2008-10). Working with the Broncos’ young group of frontcourt players, Alexander helped Flenard Whitfield make the MAC All-Freshman Team in 2009, while assisting WMU to its second-straight Mid-American Conference West championship, its fourth in the last six years. WMU went 18-15 in 2010 with a runner-up finish in the west division of the MAC.

Before making his way to Western Michigan, Alexander spent one season (2007-08) in the MAC at Ohio where he helped the Bobcats finish 20-13 overall, 9-7 in the MAC, while advancing to the second round of the inaugural College Basketball Invitational.

Alexander began his coaching career spending six seasons coaching at his alma mater, University of Detroit, under head coach Perry Watson. Alexander helped the Titans compile 96 wins in six seasons, including 53 victories in the Horizon League. The Titans finished .500 or better in conference play in five-of-six seasons with Alexander on staff.

In his collegiate playing career, Alexander played two seasons at Robert Morris, where he was named to the Northeast Conference All-Newcomer Team in 1995, before transferring to Detroit.

In his final two seasons, Alexander helped the Titans win a pair of Midwestern Collegiate Conference regular season championships and reach back-to-back NCAA Tournaments (1998 and 1999). He started 57 of 62 games and was named to the MCC All-Defensive Team as a senior. Alexander played high school basketball at Detroit Southwestern.

  • bl11

    Great choice..glad to see this news.

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  • bl11

    Great choice..glad to see this news.

  • fresh

    very much like this

  • MaizeNBlueJ

    Good stuff. Welcome to the Michigan family, Mr. Alexander.

  • Wayman Britt

    Great News. Welcome aboard Coach Alexander.

    Coach Bacari Alexander To Do List…

    1. Celebrate the pay raise and buy a new suit.
    2. Drive to DCD and visit Amir Williams.
    3. Fly to NC and visit Plumlee.
    4. Immediately start working with McLimans and Morgan.
    5. Put program in place to add 20-30 lbs of muscle to Horford.

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  • waldo78

    Nice list. I agree on all 5 points. He should spend half of his time in the next few months on Amir Williams front porch and the rest beating the crap out of McLimans, Morgan, and Horford. Plus, get Horford some weight/muscle. The kid will be good but needs more mass on his body.

  • I would say he should drive up to eastern high school and offer DR. Tuckers son . WoW that kid is good he will be a sophmore but plays D1 already . Iwatched him eat up 6'9 (MSU RECRUIT ALEX GAUNA) He's gunna be among the nations elite .

  • Bluebufoon

    Great addition. U-M lacks toughness and adding a coach from Detroit, to work with our Big Men, can't hurt player development and helps the program with in-state recruiting.

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  • Tim

    I like your thinking but if Charles Tucker Jr does become a high major recruit he is a lock for MSU. Especially if they don't take a PG in the '12 class.

    But back to this subject, this is a good hire, one that should have been made a few years ago.

  • YpsiTuckyBoy

    Posted this on MGoBlog, and figured it'd be worth a drop here to see what you all think:
    Alexander seems like a great pick-up. However, I tend to have a steadily decreasing belief in the importance of Detroit-specific recruiting. It's great to have a guy like Alexander, since he's a State of Michigan guy, generally. But the city of Detroit is on a ventilator. The population has been shrinking at a fairly rapid rate for the past few years. From a sheer mathematical point of view, the importance of Detroit for basketball talent is quickly waning. I'm no hoops guru, but it seems like more talent is coming out of other cities (Saginaw, Grand Rapids, etc) these days. Even the best “Detroit” guys this year (Ray McCallum and Amir Williams) weren't PSL. They went to Country Day. I highly doubt McCallum would've been enrolled in a public Detroit high school if he didn't go to DCD. Don't get me wrong – I still think it's important to have a strong Detroit presence. But it's just a LOT less important than it used to be.

  • GeorgeEsq

    His value goes beyond the PSL. He has connections to AAU coaches and other areas in-state. He has experience recruiting the midwest. Saginaw and Flint have suffered as much as Detroit with similar demographics. Alexander will be a very valuable recruiter. BTW, Keith Appling is a pretty good PSL product in the 2010 class.

  • waldo78

    I agree. Detroit PSL is over rated. Not that much talent over the past few years. Outside of Appling and Sykes (overrated IMO) with Kearney next year, who else is impact in the PSL? Between Saginaw and Flint, there is plenty of talent to keep both MSU and UM happy. Alexander knows the state so this has to help us. I would love Amir Williams next year to go with Brundige, and then Hawkins from Flint the following year. Go Blue!!!

  • JB01

    what talent is coming out of grand rapids? kelvin grady and the kool guy? i prefer a detroit area coach.

  • Mgo

    Thats why you want a guy who can recruit in general. It's not about recruiting an area, it's about being a good recruiter

  • kainkitizen

    Drew Neitzel was also a Grand Rapids Product. Loy Vaught was from the Grand Rapids Area (East Kentwood High). David Kool is probably the last good basketball talent from the Grand Rapids area to do well in D1 College Basketball. We'll see how Devin Oliver does at Dayton before we put a label on him.

  • Joe and I will both have reports from King James as well as tons of footage.

    Carlton went off night in the nightcap for something like 40+ points. We've got video.

    We had to take off but The Family is in the final four

  • Joe and I will both have reports from King James as well as tons of footage.

    Carlton went off night in the nightcap for something like 40+ points. We've got video.

    We had to take off but The Family is in the final four

  • David Hart

    The two best players in the state ( last 2 Mr. Bball) came out of PSL

  • fresh

    who is that one pig writer that said brundidge doesnt have that much of an upside…………..yeah he scores 40 plus points and dominates in every game he plays in on the aau circuit against some of the best players in the country but he has a limited upside in his game…………people are dumb

    id take people playing zone on williams and leaving carlton open for 4 years, that sounds about right

  • The argument that he doesn't have a lot of “upside” or “potential” could be made. He's an undersized off guard. When you think potential you think 6-foot-8 athletes with developing skill. What Carlton does have is a lot of production…

  • JB01

    that being said, i think these scouts get tunnel vision when labeling players' upside. the way carleton is tearing up the aau circuit, i think it's apparent he will be a great college player, even if he doesn't dunk from the free throw line with a seven foot wing span. plenty of their players with “great upside” don't pan out either. i'm with fresh, questioning that writer.

  • SamGoBlue

    Not to be too picky, but you guys realize that assistant coaches aren't allowed to work with the players for about the next five months right? The only members on staff that can work with current players are strength and conditioning coaches, if I'm not mistaken. He can coach up the big guys starting in October or so, but til then his time will probably be spent recruiting and learning the system from Beilein. Leave the strength/weight issues to Sanderson.

  • JCB5

    I'm not very concerned with upside. Petway had it. Courtney Sims had it. Plenty of players have it.

    Carlton may not have the upside but he can play basketball and will produce at any level. His “upside” might limit his appeal to NBA scouts but I have no problem with him developing into a hell of a college basketball player.

    I like to think Scottie Reynolds when I imagine Carton's potential impact.

  • zrl

    How many coaches are able to tell recruits that they were undefeated as a pro?

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  • zrl

    How many coaches are able to tell recruits that they were undefeated as a pro?

  • jmoney

    come on what games are u watchin….amir is a awesome big and cb can do it on any level … u most not have watched him this weekend at lebron james he was unstopable against all ohio red scored 38 in the flow…. learn the game u must be a tennis player…………

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  • jmoney

    come on what games are u watchin….amir is a awesome big and cb can do it on any level … u most not have watched him this weekend at lebron james he was unstopable against all ohio red scored 38 in the flow…. learn the game u must be a tennis player…………

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  • I agree here.. Carlton was unstoppable this weekend.

  • I agree here.. Carlton was unstoppable this weekend.

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  • One of the most respected men in my life, a great role model. Should and I expect him to be a great winning asset to MICHIGAN GO MAZE & BLUE!!!!!!