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Posted on Thu, Aug 2, 2012 : 1:45 p.m.

ESPN names Michigan basketball assistant LaVall Jordan an 'underrated impact recruiter'

By Nick Baumgardner

John Beilein's the Michigan basketball program's head man, Jeff Meyer is the elder statesman and Bacari Alexander is a borderline Twitter celebrity.

But LaVall Jordan isn't exactly chopped liver, according to's Jay Bilas.

Bilas unveiled his list of five "underrated impact recruiters" Thursday, and Jordan -- a third-year assistant -- made the cut.

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LaVall Jordan

"He is not at all about flash; he is about substance," Bilas wrote. "Jordan supports his head coach, and he supports his players. He is not coaching for show but is teaching to reach the players. He is the same as a recruiter.

"He got a degree in journalism, but fortunately for the Wolverines, he aimed higher. You can trust LaVall Jordan."

A former Iowa and Butler assistant, Jordan -- along with Meyer and Alexander -- signed a multi-year extension this past spring to remain with the Wolverines for the immediate future.

Jordan inked a three-year deal through the 2014-15 season. Along with Meyer and Alexander, Jordan has helped Beilein grab top-rated recruiting classes in both 2012 and 2013.

The other four names on Bilas' list were Michigan State's Dwayne Stephens, Syracuse' Mike Hopkins, Texas' Russell Springmann and Florida State's Stan Jones.

Nick Baumgardner covers Michigan sports for He can be reached at 734-623-2514, by email at and followed on Twitter @nickbaumgardner.