- Chris Forsberg, ESPN Staff Writer
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WALTHAM, Mass. -- Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens lost one of his former Butler University guards when Ronald Nored took a job as an assistant at Northern Kentucky in late April, but has restocked by adding a Bulldog to his staff.
Stevens confirmed Tuesday that the team has hired Alex Barlow as a video assistant. Barlow, who recently completed his final season at Butler, spent his first two years with the Bulldogs under Stevens.
"It's a great opportunity for an entry-level spot into coaching, to see kind of the ins and outs of the day-to-day work," said Stevens. "It's a grinder of a job. It's a tough job. But he's a really bright guy."
Stevens listed off Barlow's academic accomplishments, noting he was an academic All-American, a two-time Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and earned the 2014-15 senior class award at Butler. Stevens then cracked, "I guess he's probably not as smart as his accomplishments if he wants to coach, but he's great. I like Alex a lot. We're happy he's here."
Even from the time Barlow arrived at Butler, Stevens knew he wanted a future in coaching.
"That's why he came to Butler -- he wanted to go into coaching," said Stevens. "So you always had a relationship with those guys, where you’d talk a little bit about why you’re doing things instead of just what you're doing. It's great to see him doing such a great job in his four years and representing that school so well, as a lot of these guys do, and then getting an opportunity to get his feet wet."
Barlow shot 37.3 percent beyond the 3-point arc for the Bulldogs this season while averaging 8.9 points, 4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.2 steals over 33.9 minutes per game. It won't be a surprise to see him getting up shots on the floor when he's not cutting video for the coaches.
"Two years ago, when [Stevens] left to work for the Celtics, I didn't know what was going to happen," Barlow told the Indianapolis Star. "I don't know that I could have told you that I'd work for the Celtics out of college. Two years later, that opportunity has presented itself, and it's everything I could have asked for."
Stevens offered praise for Darren Erman while acknowledging the reports that Erman is bound for Alvin Gentry's staff in New Orleans. Stevens said he is in no rush to fill the impending vacancy in his coaching staff.
"I've done it pretty much every summer I've been a coach," said Stevens. "If you've got a good staff, you’re going to lose them at times, and that's great. It's great for the opportunity for upward mobility for your staff and for your environment. I think that's a positive feel when guys get a chance to move on and grow and do other things. I think that's all good. So I'll take my time in figuring out what's next. I'm in no rush, certainly."
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