Campus Corner

MU expected to hire Western Michigan assistant coach

Updated: 2012-08-09T07:58:02Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

It appears Missouri men’s basketball coach Frank Haith has rounded out his staff, as the Tigers are expected to hire Western Michigan’s Rick Carter as an assistant.

A source close to the Western Michigan basketball team told The Star Wednesday that Carter, who is currently the Broncos’ top assistant, will replace Ryan Miller, who left Missouri in July to become the top assistant for Tony Barbee at Auburn. A spokesperson at MU declined to comment.

Carter, who was set to begin his fifth season at Western Michigan, also spent two seasons as an assistant at Fairfield University in Connecticut and was also an assistant under Tom Izzo at Michigan State, his alma mater, from 2003-06.

At Western Michigan, Carter, who grew up in Grand Blanc, Mich., and was a basketball coach at East Lansing High School from 1998-2003, worked extensively with the guards, including career leading scorer David Kool.

Carter’s bio on Western Michigan’s website says he has extensive AAU ties in Michigan, and Missouri is known to be actively recruiting at least one player from the state — four-star Class of 2014 shooting guard Devin Booker. Booker, who grew up in Grand Rapids, Mich., is the son of MU great Melvin Booker, who starred for the Tigers from 1991-94.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send e-mail to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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