Bacari Alexander is in his fourth year as an assistant coach for the University of Michigan. Not only is he strong when it comes to coaching big men in the post, but he’s as active as any basketball coach in the country when it comes to Twitter (18,502 tweets at the time of this post). He took time off from April until Tuesday to “recharge his batteries.” But he charged back Tuesday with 56 tweets.
If you follow @bacari34, you’re accustomed to his self-proclaimed “Coach BA Tweetblitz.” There is never a negative on Alexander’s Twitter feed. He spends some of his time away from the court metro Detroit area and surrounding communities, volunteering as a motivational speaker, specifically promoting optimism and responsibility. His positive attitude is contagious. Non-Michigan fans could find his Tweetblitzes nauseating, but he heads a one-man public relations firm for his players, fellow coaches and program.
On Tuesday, Alexander’s Tweetblitz consisted of a positive comment or two on every current Michigan basketball player. Like I said, he’s a one-man PR firm. It has to be a great feeling for a player to have your coach so publicly in your corner. At 36 years old, Alexander is a tremendous recruiter and his Twitter feed shows why. He’ll be in-line for a big-time head coaching job soon enough and when it comes, it will be well-deserved.
Here are his tweets about his players on Tuesday:
■ “Jordan Morgan earned his engineering degree early, find me another high major school that has an engineering graduate in basketball?”
■ “Jon Horford is on track to@finish early as well. What I’m really excited about is he’s been healthy all spring and summer.”
■ “Caris Levert has gotten stronger and Stands at 6’6″ and some change. The biggest change is his confidence. #mygoodness”
■ “Nik Stauskas is looking like a grown man physically. I wasn’t sure that he could looked so defined. His athleticism has spiked too. #yes”
■ “Spike Albrecht has benefited from the weight room as well, but the communication on the floor has been epic! Gonna be a great floor leader!”
■ “Max Beifeldt has really slimmed his frame and we’re not sure If he can be called the “Moose” anymore. Suggestions?? #bekind”
■ “Mitch McGary is on the summer circuit for college guys and its easy to see that he has an engine that any car would love.”
■ “Glen Robinson III is a beast! He is so tunnel visioned right now and is eager to help lead.”
■ “What surprised me most about Mark Donnal is he has a funny side. This young man is low key funny. #HALOL”
■ “Andrew Dakich is the epitome of a coaches son and has the confidence to speak his mind. #jbart2.0”
■ “Cole McConnell is a very unassuming young man who is smart as a whip. Please don’t leave him open on the court. #sniper”
■ “Derrick Walton Jr. Has a presence about him that seems very familiar. #hmmmm…”
■ “Zak Irvin is not afraid to take big shots at big times. Nice attribute to have. #intriguing”