Yasir Rosemond Biography
Yasir Rosemond is a former collegiate basketball player and assistant coach at Indiana University starting who was hired in 2021 by Mike Woodson. Rosemond played at the University of Oregon from 1997 to 1999. After a professional career in Brazil, he has coached for Redlands CC, University of Oregon, Seattle, Samford, University of Georgia and University of Alabama in assistant coaching positions.
- Name: Yasir Jamar Rosemond
- Position: Guard
- Height: 6’1″
- Nationality: American
- Age: 45 years old
- Birthday: April 28th
- Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia
- High School: Douglass High School (Atlanta, GA)
- Position: Assistant Men’s Basketball Coach
- 1995-1996: Okaloosa-Walton Junior College
- 1996-1997: Butler (Kan.) Community College
- 1997-1999: University of Oregon
- 1999-2000: Seattle Pacific University
- Professional Career:
- Professional Basketball in Brazil (Sao Paulo, Mogi das Cruzes, Hebraica) from 2000-2003
- Coaching Career:
- 2003-2005: Redlands Community College (Assistant)
- 2005-2007: University of Oregon (Director of Basketball Operations)
- 2007-2010: University of Oregon (Assistant)
- 2010-2011: Seattle University (Assistant)
- 2012-2014: Samford University (Assistant)
- 2014-2017: University of Georgia (Assistant)
- 2017-2019: University of Alabama (Assistant)
- 2021-Present: Indiana University (Assistant)
- Twitter: @Coach_Ya
Yasir Rosemond’s High School, College, and Professional Career
In high school, Yasir Rosemond was a guard at Douglass High School in Atlanta, Georgia. He earned All-State honors each of the final three seasons. In the 1993 Class 4A state tournament, Yasir helped them reach the semifinals. It is his hometown roots to Atlanta that has helped him establish a lot of his relations to the area when it came to recruiting in the future and the connection to Cameron Dollar who was the coach at Seattle University when he was hired as an assistant.
He decided to enroll at Okaloosa-Walton Junior College in Florida for one season in 1995-1996. He then transferred to Butler (Kan.) Community College where he redshirted for 1996-1997. He was teammates with NBA star Stephen Jackson while at Butler.
For the next two seasons, he transferred to University of Oregon where he played 58 games for the Ducks. During his time in Oregon, he averaged 4.3 points per game and was 37% at three-point attempts. He was honored as the recipient of the team’s John Warren Award in 1999, which is given to the most inspirational player on the Oregon basketball team. He started to see more playing time near the end of his time at Oregon and started for five games under head coach Ernie Kent. However, both him and Donte Quinine opted to transfer to Seattle Pacific for the 1999-2000 season.
Per Yasir, “I realized Coach Kent wasn’t going to build his offense around me. So I decided to go somewhere where I could expand my game. I could’ve stayed, but any ballplayer would think they should play more.” Yasir saw his production increase under Coach Ken Bone to 11.2 points per game, 3.6 assists (team-high) half-way through the season.
After his college career, he played professionally in Brazil for several years while finishing his collegiate degree for University of Oregon. He finished his final class (calculus) in Eugene, OR and received his bachelor’s degree in sociology in 2003.
Yasir Rosemond’s Coaching Career Prior to Indiana
In 2003, Yasir joined the staff at Redlands CC in Oklahoma. During his time, Redlands was ranked No. 1 in the nation in 2003-2004 and reached the national junior college championship game before losing. Yasir coached three JC All-Americans while at Redlands – Taj Gray, Brandon Polk and Sylvester Mayes.
Afterwards, he joined the staff at University of Oregon, his alma mater as the Director of Basketball Operations and then an assistant coach. He was initially going to join Portland State as an assistant coach, but could not pass up the opportunity to join Oregon. During his time at Oregon, he coached multiple NBA draft picks including Aaron Brooks (26th overall, 2007 NBA Draft), Maarty Leunen (54th overall, 2008 NBA Draft), and Malik Hairston (48th overall, 2008 NBA Draft). He also coached Tajuan Porter who holds the University of Oregon and PAC-12 record for three-pointers made in a single season (110) and the career record (345). While on the Ducks’ coaching staff, he helped them assemble a Top 25 recruiting class in 2008. They reached the Elite Eight in 2007 as well.
In 2010, he left University of Oregon to join Cameron Dollar who attended the same high school as Yasir. Their time in high school overlapped by several years. Dollar had high praise for Yasir joining the program. “We are extremely fortunate to have someone of Yasir’s caliber join our program,” Dollar said. “He is one of the finest young coaches in the game. He is also a proven recruiter with nationwide contacts.”
He stayed with Seattle University for a year before leaving to join the staff at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama as an assistant coach. At Samford, he recruited and coached the Southern Conference Freshman of the Year award for two years including leading scorer Tim Williams, a forward from Chicago who was the Southern Conference freshman of the year in 2013.
Yasir subsequently joined University of Georgia in May 2014 to join Mark Fox who was in his sixth year of being head coach. “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.”
The Bulldogs reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament and lost to Michigan State his first year. He failed to reach the NCAA Tournament in subsequent years at Georgia and did not have NBA Draft picks at that time.
He joined the staff at University of Alabama in 2017 to join Avery Johnson’s staff. He spent two years at Alabama and coached first round draft pick Collin Sexton who was drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also coached Kira Lewis Jr. who was picked 13th in the 2020 draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. Herbert Jones was awarded the SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in each of his first two seasons at Alabama.
He spent two seasons at Alabama as a member of Avery Johnson’s staff and coached first round draft picks Collin Sexton who currently plays with the Cleveland Cavaliers after being selected with the 8th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and Kira Lewis Jr. who was the 13th pick in the 2020 draft by the New Orleans Pelicans. He also coached SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Herbert Jones while at Alabama. Alabama reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2017 and 2018.
He was named but not charged in the 2019 federal trial stemming from an FBI investigation into college basketball corruption. He was alleged to have met with agent Christian Dawkins, FBI informant Marty Blazer and FBI undercover agents in a Las Vegas hotel room in July 2017 according to testimony. He was deemed not close enough to any NBA caliber prospects and was not given money.
Yasir Rosemond’s Career at Indiana
Yasir was hired by Indiana to join Mike Woodson’s staff on April 14, 2021. He was selected to be the third and final hire after Dane Fife and Kenya Hunter being the other two assistants. Yasir signed a contract to make $300,000 per year and is a two-year deal with extensions automatically every year on June 30, starting June 30, 2022 unless Rosemond is given notice of non-renewal. He was given $20,000 in moving expenses and $2,000 annually for Adidas gear along with a university car and benefits. There are additional bonuses based on NCAA Tournament performance as well.
Cover Photo: Robert Sutton/IU Athletics