Jermaine Jackson retained as UD assistant coach

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

New Detroit basketball coach Bacari Alexander's staff is starting to take shape.

Jermaine Jackson will remain as an assistant coach on Bacari Alexander's staff.

Alexander announced Thursday that Jermaine Jackson, who joined former coach Ray McCallum's staff last season, will remain on the job, and also will be the team's recruiting coordinator.

Jackson is credited with bringing in Gerald Blackshear and Josh McFolley, who contributed as freshman. McFolley earned All-Freshman honors in the Horizon League.

"Coach Jackson has demonstrated in his short collegiate coaching span that he has a high care level for student-athlete welfare," Alexander said in a statement.

"His leadership during the program's transition has not only demonstrated this, but our program is stable due to his efforts. I'm confident that his mentorship of our players and understanding of our core values will shine through his contributions moving forward."

Jackson was interim coach while Detroit searched for the replacement for McCallum, who was fired after eight seasons.

Alexander was hired away from his job as an assistant coach at Michigan.

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Jackson also is credited with helping guard Carlton Brundidge improve his play as a senior. Brundidge had his best season, averaging 10.5 points.

Jackson was a four-year letter-winner at Detroit, where he was a teammate of Alexander's. Jackson twice earned All-Horizon League honors and was Horizon League player of the year in 1999, averaging 13.9 points as the Titans finished 25-6 with a league championship.

The Detroit native, who attended Finney and played five seasons in the NBA for five teams, was inducted into Detroit's Hall of Fame in 2010.

"I am happy to stay on staff and work with someone who is much closer than just a former teammate, Coach Alexander is family," Jackson said in a statement sent out by the school. "I want to be here for the kids and that is my goal, just working with these kids and helping them achieve the most they can in the classroom and on the court, while preparing them to graduate."

Jackson interviewed for Detroit's head coach job, which went to Alexander last month.

It's been a busy week for Detroit, which recently cut ties with players Paris Bass and Jalen Gibson.

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