Fantastic story by Jerry Brewer on former Washington Husky Hall of Famer Eldridge Recasner who talks about his several failed attempts to break into coaching that led him to create a basketball academy.
I had a chance to stop by one of Recasner’s workouts and he provides individual attention for players of all ages. He’s detailed, demanding and he stresses the fundamentals of the game.
There’s many personal trainers, basketball camps and shot gurus around town and Recasner knows he’s got to distinguish himself from the rest. He also makes no bones about his desire to coach at some level.
You can also learn more about Recasner and his first upcoming basketball camp at his website.
THURSDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Coach Lorenzo Romar and coach Steve Sarkisian will appear 1 p.m. Wednesday at Pike Place Market to toss and catch fish. Wonder who has the better hands?
— Here’s another video on UW recruit Gabe Parker who is talking about why Arizona is on his final list of 10 schools.
— Bob Condotta had a Q & A with UW athletic director Scott Woodward. There’s not much on basketball, but he touched on the new Pac-12 network.
— UCLA coach Ben Howland is drawing attention because of the latest addition to his staff. He hired Korey McCray, who coaches the Atlanta Celtics, an AAU team that features a couple of five-star prospects.
— If you think the UCLA hire is sketchy, consider Texas A&M, Texas Tech and LSU have offered an assistant coaching job to Bryan High (Texas) coach John Reese, the father of 2012 recruit J-Mychal Reese. The younger Reese is considered a four-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com.
— Gary Parrish at CBSSports.com sees nothing wrong with hiring a recruit’s dad.
— Sean Miller’s flirtation with Maryland allowed the Arizona coach to coax an increase in chartered flight time from 30 to 45 hours as well as a $100,000 raise that brings his total annual compensation to $2.1 million including bonuses. Clearly Miller didn’t stay with the Wildcats for the extra money because he would have likely made more at Maryland.
— Arizona sophomore guard Lamont ‘MoMo’ Jones is transferring to Iona.
— Washington junior Isaiah Thomas had an important workout with Toronto yesterday that included guards Brandon Knight and Kemba Walker, who are projected first-round draft picks.
— ESPN and the West Coast Conference (WCC) agreed to an eight-year media rights extension that guarantees seven conference games on ESPN or ESPN2 and seven on ESPNU.