UPDATED: UGA hires Atlanta native Rosemond as men’s basketball assistant

Georgia is turning to an Atlanta native to help it make inroads in its men’s basketball recruiting efforts.

Mark Fox has hired Samford assistant Yasir Rosemond to fill the vacancy on his coaching staff, the program officially announced Friday night.

Rosemond played at Oregon from 1997-99 before transferring to Seattle Pacific for his senior year.

He spent two seasons as an assistant for Cameron Dollar at Seattle University before spending the last two seasons at Samford, located in Birmingham, Ala.

“I am excited to add Yasir to our staff,” Fox said in a statement. “He came very highly recommended by his former employers, high school coaches and summer programs he worked with. Here at Georgia he will spend a great deal of his efforts recruiting and he will work with our perimeter players on the court.”

Rosemond’s other coaching stops include Redlands Community College in Oklahoma and Oregon, where he was director of men’s basketball operations before moving up to be an assistant coach.

Rosemond, 37, replaces Stacey Palmore, who was not retained after last season.

Among others applying for the Georgia position, according to an open records request: LSU assistant Korey McCray (former head coach for the AAU Atlanta Celtics), Miller Grove High coach Sharman White, former Tennessee State head coach Travis Williams, George Mason assistant Chris Kreider and Western Kentucky assistant Shawn Forrest.

Rosemond is a product of Douglass High School and played AAU ball for Team Georgia. He played professionally in Brazil from 2001-03.

“I am confident he will be a great addition to our program with his experience and his roots already in Atlanta,” Fox said. “He should be able to be fully in place when our players return for schools and workouts this summer.”

Samford signed two players from the Atlanta area in its 2013 class: guard Isaiah Williams from Buford and forward Jordan Capps from Suwanee. Williams was the Freshman of the Year in Southern Conference and Capps was a part-time starter.

He was the key recruiter for leading scorer Tim Williams, a forward from Chicago who was the Southern Conference freshman of the year in 2013.

“I’m really excited to be joining the Georgia program,” Rosemond said in a statement. “Being from Georgia myself this is a place that’s always been on my mind as somewhere I’d like to be. I knew of coach Fox during my time on the West Coast. When I finally met him, he was a really down to earth guy. He has this program headed in the right direction, and I’m looking forward to being part of it.”

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