Class valedictorian. Ivy League graduate and Player of the Year. Pro basketball player in France and Finland. Proofreader extraordinaire. REM’s Melville office has its own former pro athlete—Alexander Barnett.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Alex was motivated (and badgered) by his older brother into the world of athletics. Though he started in baseball, Alex found himself craving more energy and excitement. In the fourth grade, he discovered what he needed: basketball. By middle school, Alex was playing basketball year-round. In high school, he was the only sophomore on the varsity team. Alex was on the Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory team all the way to the state championship and beyond, garnering the title and a 31-0 undefeated season.
Alex was also a gifted student and class valedictorian. He was recruited by numerous universities, but ultimately chose Dartmouth College. His college basketball career was remarkable, to say the least. Primarily a small forward, Alex played many positions, including shooting guard, power forward, and center. Alex is only the second Dartmouth player ever to win the title of Ivy League Player of the Year, a member of Wearer of the Green (Dartmouth’s Sports Hall of Fame), and one of the top ten highest scorers in Dartmouth history.
Seeking a professional career after Dartmouth, Alex found an agent and an opportunity in France. For several months, he played on Cholet’s Pro A team and later, on Nantes’ Pro B team. He then moved north to play half a season on a professional Finnish team. After the Finland season ended, Alex returned home and began work in mortgage consulting.
Since his professional days, Alex has played in a few summer basketball leagues, but all in all, he has moved on from the sport. He worked for mortgage consulting firms in Texas for several years. After having a child, Alex settled down in New York. He is now in REM’s Quality Control department, and is considering going back for his MBA.
If REM’s champion basketball team returns to the courts, we know who our first pick will be. But will he say yes? Probably not, because he’s a restricted free agent of the QC department in Melville. (Basketball fans will understand.)