By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on April 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm
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.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 23, 2010 at 9:02 am
Another spring weekend means plenty more AAU tournaments on the docket. The big tournaments this weekend include: The King James Classic (Akron, OH), Providence Jam Fest, and the Nike Spring Showdown (Merrillville, IN). There are also a several other regional tournaments of note: The String Music Showcase in Nashville, the Double Pump Classic in Vegas, The Indiana Spring Classic in Indianapolis, and The Next Level Tournament in Texas.
Joe and I will be headed down to Akron to take in the King James Shooting Stars Classic. The King James tournament features a number of the top teams from the midwest which feature a number of Michigan targets.
King James Shooting Stars Classic
Markus Crider, Carlton Brundidge, and Amir Williams will all be in action in Akron
Dayton wing guard Markus Crider will be playing with the host team, King James Shooting Stars. The Shooting Stars are loaded and Crider hasn’t exactly filled up the stat sheet so far this spring but I’m excited to get a chance to check him out first-hand. Kalamazoo Central guard TJ Buchanan also plays with the Stars and has had a strong spring after a state title run.
Amir Williams and Carlton Brundidge (Michigan commitment) will both be in action with The Family. Brundidge and Williams have both gotten off to a good start this spring and they will be looking to make some noise in Akron. The bad news for Michigan fans is that Amir Williams visited Duke last night.
The Michigan Mustangs will also be playing at the King James tournament. The Mustangs feature an array of local talent including Trey McDonald, Patrick Lucas-Perry, LaDontae Henton, and Dwaun Anderson. Most of these guys are top 10 in-state kids but they also make up the group of in-state prospects that are trying to play their way into some big time offers.
All of the in-state programs will also be bringing their 16U teams but we are excited to get another look at Indiana guard Gary Harris. Harris’ recruitment is poised to explode and he recently picked up offers from Indiana and Cincinnati. Another name to look for at the 16U level is Jordan Hare. Hare is a super-long post prospect from Saginaw Arthur Hill that I believe is playing with King James (although I’ve seen him connected to The Hurricanes as well). [click to continue…]
By Dylan Burkhardt | Recruits | Posted on April 20, 2010 at 9:09 pm
The quality is a bit lacking but we’ll go with the mantra that something is better than nothing. This isn’t a highlight tape of his whole season, just some footage is from a couple of games during the year. We will hopefully have some more footage soon.
By Dylan Burkhardt | Uncategorized | Posted on April 20, 2010 at 7:00 pm
Bacari Alexander, LaVall Jordan, and Saddi Washington
With the news that Dane Fife wants to stick at IPFW behind us, three names appear to have emerged as front runners for the Michigan assistant coaching position: Bacari Alexander, LaVall Jordan, and Saddi Washington (listed alphabetically). All three candidates have in-state connections but also have their own strengths and weaknesses and bring something unique to the table. I don’t think Michigan could really go wrong with any one of the three. Then again, I wouldn’t be shocked if Beilein surprised all of us and pulled a rabbit out of the hat.
Here’s a brief look at the three candidates’ resumes… after the jump.
Thornton recently removed Florida from his list and is still considering Georgia Tech, UGA, Clemson, Alabama, Kentucky, Texas, and Michigan.
John Beilein is expected to make his in-home visit tonight with Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt making a visit tomorrow:
“We want to get through one round of meeting everybody before making any decisions,” the elder Thornton said. “We have two more meetings with colleges (including Michigan coach John Beilein on Tuesday night), and then we’ll sit down as a family and discuss everything.”
Thornton has met with Mark Fox, Rick Barnes, John Calipari, Anthony Grant, and Brad Brownell over the last week. Michigan appears to be the long shot here as location has been stressed as an important factor for Thornton. Regardless of the odds, an in-home visit is an in-home visit and it seems that Thornton will give each coach their chance to impress.