ATHENS — For the first time in three years, Mark Fox has an opening on his Georgia basketball coaching staff.
Yasir Rosemond, who had been a Georgia assistant coach since May 2014, is leaving for a similar job at Alabama. That’s according to someone familiar with the news, first reported by Rivals.com on Monday night.
Rosemond, a 40-year-old native of Atlanta, joined Fox’s staff after a two-year stint at Samford, which followed jobs at Seattle University and Oregon.
When he was hired, the hope was Rosemond would bring a lift to Georgia’s recruiting. He was very close with then-recruit Jaylen Brown, who ended up going to California for a year before becoming a lottery pick.
Rosemond was credited with being the lead recruiter on forward Derek Ogbeide, now a rising junior, and incoming freshman guard Teshaun Hightower. But Georgia’s other two assistants made more waves on the recruiting trail, with Hayes reeling in Yante Maten, among others, and Phillip Pearson bringing in Tyree Crump and Jordan Harris. As for this year’s top recruit, forward Rayshaun Hammonds, Fox was regarded as leading a team effort to sign the national top 50 player, with Hayes playing a prominent role in Hammonds’ signing as well.
Pearson has been with Fox at Georgia since both were hired in 2009. Hayes, a former Georgia player, was elevated to assistant coach in 2013. Fox now has an opportunity to add another good recruiter to the mix.