James Barrett has joined the Monroe College men’s basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2019-20 season. Coach Barrett recently completed his first season with Seward County.
Barrett had been instrumental in developing Seward County’s players into leaders in the country, including Isiah Small, who was an All-American last season. Barrett also recruited Freshman of the Year and Region 6 Tournament MVP, Marco Morency.
Seward County finished ranked No. 13 nationally and finished first in the division, winning the conference and Region 6 championship. Seward also had three players move on to play basketball at Division I institutions. Isiah Small went on to play at Texas State University, Reggie Miller – Abilene Christian University and Yarden Willis – Binghamton University.
Barrett came to Seward County after two years as the coach of the New York Rens AAU program where he helped with the development of NBA Dunk Contest Winner Hamidou Diallo and ACC most improved player Jordan Nwora. Barrett’s responsibilities included travel logistics which includes securing transportation, hotel registrations and meals. He helped organized in game preparations through opponent scouting and schedule responsibilities. He also developed practice and skill development schedules for the entire seasons.
Coach Barrett is the Founder and CEO of Unsigned Hype Senior Games. Unsigned Hype Senior Games provided a platform and recruitment opportunities for for college coaches at all levels. He provides collegiate coaches with backgrounds and contact information for each participant.
Barrett’s coaching career started at Western Texas as an assistant coach. He was responsible for on- and off-campus recruiting. He prepared scouting reports through film breakdown and developed and implemented an athletic strength and conditioning program.
He went on to become an assistant coach at the prestigious Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, NY. While at Lincoln HS, Barrett assisted in the development of daily practice plans and development of the players. Among those players was McDonald’s All-American Isaiah Whitehead who was drafted by the Brooklyn Nets. During his time at Lincoln, the team captured the NYC PSAL Basketball Championship.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, he attended Abraham Lincoln High School. He went on to play basketball at Howard College in Big Spring, Texas, where he received his associate’s degree. After that, he moved on to play Division I basketball at Sam Houston State in Huntsville where he received his bachelor’s degree.
Barrett hails from Brooklyn, New York.