NORMAL — According to multiple reports, Illinois State assistant coach DeAndre Haynes has been hired to fill one of two vacancies on John Beilein's staff at Michigan.
An article on the Detroit Free Press website Thursday credited a report from The Michigan Insider's Josh Henschke and a tweet from basketball scout Vince Baldwin with breaking the news of Haynes joining the Wolverines.
Redbirds coach Dan Muller declined to offer any comment when reached by The Pantagraph. Neither Michigan nor Illinois State has announced the hiring.
Haynes, 33, joined Muller's staff in mid May after Dean Oliver left for an opening at Wisconsin. Haynes, a Detroit native and former Mid-American Conference Player of the Year at Kent State, spent last season as an assistant at Toledo after four years with his alma mater.
Beilein had a pair of assistants leave the Wolverines' bench late last month when Northbrook native Billy Donlon took a position on Chris Collins' staff at Northwestern and Jeff Meyer joined LaVall Jordan's new staff at Butler.
Haynes was a four-year starter at point guard at Kent State from 2003-06, earning MAC Player of the Year honors as a senior while helping the Golden Flashes to regular-season and tournament titles and an NCAA Tournament berth. He is the program's all-time leader in assists (625), steals (229) and minutes (4,070).
Haynes went on to a pro career in FIBA Europe with stops in Belgium, Hungary, Germany and Finland.
“DeAndre was a high-level player in college who played professionally for a number of years,” Muller said when Haynes took the ISU job. "He has already coached under two terrific coaches (Tod Kowalczyk at Toledo and Rob Senderoff at Kent State) and is hungry and eager to continue to learn.”
Last week during a conference call regarding the Maui Invitational, Beilein addressed the process of filling his coaching vacancies.
"It's taking longer than I anticipated but that's okay," he said. "The bottom line is getting the right guys to lead us into the future."