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Known as a top recruiter, Earl Grant recently became the 13th head coach at Boston College. Under Grant's leadership the College of Charleston was one of only 21 NCAA Division I schools to have players drafted in both the 2019 and 2020 NBA Drafts. Grant led the Cougars to a top-four finish in the CAA in each of the last five seasons, including the …
 
She's a pioneer in the world of grassroots basketball. ReeCee (Aisha) Hollans is the first female in charge of a grassroots basketball circuit. She was born and raised in the Bay Area while winning a state championship at Berkley High School. Highly decorated out of high school she got a full ride at USC. Playing overseas in several countries led h…
 
He's had to build a brand new coach staff during a pandemic. Agreeing to a 5 year deal Ben Johnson joins his alma mater after spending 3 seasons at Xavier as an assistant coach.Johnson helped lead Xavier to consecutive top-30 recruiting classes in 2019 and 2020 and the Musketeers posted a collective record of 51-37 in three seasons with him on the …
 
The sports card trading market is absolutely blowing up right now. If you're hold a Michael Jordan rookie card in a high-grade condition, you are sitting on hundreds of thousands of dollars. So what (and who) is behind the madness? Mike Gioseffi is one of the lucky ones who was able to trade in his hammer and construction career and make a go of it…
 
Rachel Baker may be the most influential person in the world of grassroots basketball that the average college basketball fan has not heard of. She grew up the son of longtime college and professional coach Rod Baker, began interning with Nike shortly after her college graduation and ended up becoming a pioneer for women in the grassroots basketbal…
 
Rebecca Bonner comes from one of the more well known basketball families in New England. She played her college ball at Stanford and Boston University and later had a pro career overseas. After coaching stints at Louisville and Maryland, Becky moved into the administrative ranks.Now, after 4 years as Director of Player Development and Operations wi…
 
The Coaches vs Cancer initiative kicks off this week, January 25-31. Head Coaches around the country will wear sneakers with their suits during games to create awareness for the cause.Current Michigan assistant and long-time St. Joseph's coach Phil Martelli joins us, along with Brian Casalinova from the American Cancer Society to discuss the challe…
 
The Ivy League was one of the first conferences to opt out of the 2020-2021 basketball season. In 21 years at the helm in New Haven, Jones has never had a single player transfer. He also has finished in the top four in the Ivy every single season. Yale Head Coach James Jones gives us insight on how the dark period will effect recruiting and his pro…
 
Mohegan Sun was the host site for one of college basketball's first 'bubbles' in 2020. The sheer size of the property and the amenities that the Uncasville, Connecticut property offered made it alluring for teams to feel they were putting their student-athletes in a safe situation in which to compete. Naismith Hall of Fame Vice President of Basketb…
 
He was 5'9" as a high school freshman leading his team to a league title in Massachusetts. A few short years later growing to 6'6" Michael Carter-Williams would become the 2014 NBA Rookie of the Year. Now, this Syracuse University alum is in his 9th year as an unrestricted free agent. In this very special edition of The Upside, Adam and the New Eng…
 
He's recruited for and studied under the likes of Lute Olson and John Calipari. In 2017, Joshua Pastner was named the ACC Coach of the year in just his first year at Georgia Tech. This self-claimed 'gym rat' catches up with Adam as he readies his Yellowjackets while discussing the changes in recruiting rules due to the Pandemic and the academic cha…
 
He was one of the most prolific pure shooters in all of college basketball, and still holds the Atlantic 10 record for 3 pointers made from his time playing for his dad at the University of RI. Now, after an 11 year pro career overseas, Jimmy Baron Jr, is retiring from the hardwood as he moves on to a new career at the prestigious IMG Academy as a …
 
Even though he's coached and had success at just about every level in the game, Arkansas head coach Eric Musselman is constantly looking to innovate and learn. As college basketball attempts to push through the Pandemic, the 2nd year Razorbacks coach gives us an idea of his personal and professional experience through an unprecedented summer of rac…
 
At the end of the 2019-2020 season, the URI Rams had some serious roster holes to fill. That's when David Cox went to work. Now with the additions of transfers Jalen Carey, Malik Martin, along with the Mitchell twin and others, the new look Rams will be in a position to bolster their depth and play the defense style that Cox has been wanting to pla…
 
Entering his 3rd year as head coach of the Bryant Bulldogs, Jared Grasso has offered nearly 500 scholarships. How does the coach of a mid-major playing in the Northeast Conference expect to land top talent? Find out as host Adam Finkelstein takes a close look at this 'out of the box' approach to recruiting.…
 
He's the man behind the scenes of some of the NBA's biggest stars. Rob McClanaghan has worked with Steph Curry, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant and John Wall just to name a few. His book 'Net Work' gave fans a unique look at the world of the NBA superstar. McClanaghan's ability to gain the trust and confidence of the game's elite makes him one of the NB…
 
After more than 40 years in the business of being a professional scout, the legendary career of Tom Konchalski is coming to an end. He was the first scout to tell then North Carolina assistant Roy Williams about a talented kid out of Wilmington that he should take a look at. That kid was Michael Jordan. Some say the Missouri native has an photograp…
 
Kenny Blakeney took over as head basketball coach at Howard over a season ago and is already having a huge impact, not only on the basketball community at Howard but at the University as a whole. Outside of basketball, Blakeney is an entrepreneur and leader in the black in community. He is currently working with Michelle Obama and Chris Paul's 'Whe…
 
There's certainly more to future Hall of Fame coach Bob Huggins than meets the eye. Most fans glimpse of the Morgantown native is that of a hard-nosed sideline general. Those close to Huggins know there's a lot more to understand. Beloved by his players and the coaching community Huggins' road to success is one paved by gritty hard work born into h…
 
Bryce Drew came to national attention as a player in the 1998 NCAA tournament as 13 seeded Valparaiso upset 4 seed Ole Miss on Drew's buzzer-beating bomb. Now in his third head coaching job and 1st year with a rebuilding Grand Canyon, Drew discusses the challenges of coaching during Covid-19 while raising a young family and utilizing his strong fai…
 
Team Takeover CEO Keith Stevens is one of the most influential people in the basketball world that most average fans have never heard of. His Nike sponsored grassroots program is annually one of the nation's best with dozens of alums competing both professionally and in college, and over 20 coaching alums having now moved on to college staffs. Stev…
 
How does a coach get his team ready during a pandemic? USF head coach Brian Gregory sheds some light on the challenges, procedures and pitfalls of navigating pre-season conditioning drills while trying to keep his student athletes safe.Gregory's coaching tree includes Kevin O'Neal, Tom Izzo, Jud Heathcote, and was a former teammate of David Robinso…
 
21 minority Big East assistants have announced they’ve formed Coaches For Action, a coalition created to use their platform of athletics to educate and bring awareness to social injustices.Four of the coalition member coaches joined Adam Finkelstein for a live roundtable on The Upside to discuss the initiative.We welcome Dwayne Killings of Marquett…
 
In 1921 one of the nation's most heinous acts of racial injustice occurred on the streets of Tulsa, Oklahoma.Tulsa was home to one of the most prosperous African American communities in the country. Nicknamed, 'Black Wall Street', hundreds of black business owners and families flourished.That all came crashing down as the result of an alleged sexua…
 
In the fourth installment of our series 'Race in Sports' the Upside broaches the subject from a slightly different perspective as we look at the sport of college baseball and HBCU's. We welcome legendary coach Roger Cador. Coach Cador is the 'John Thompson' of college baseball when it comes to black leadership. He is also a member of a Major League…
 
They were both teammates and later co-workers on the staff of Mike Krzyzewski at Duke. In the third installment of our series 'Race in Sports' University of Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel and Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski join Adam.These two friends witnessed through their careers the same situations while looking through different len…
 
During this period of intense racial discord in America, The Upside has looked at some of the black leaders in the community of sports to give us their perspective on these historic events that are effecting every corner of our nation. Today we welcome Missouri Coach Cuonzo Martin to the show.Not that long ago the names John Thompson and John Chane…
 
Dr. Scott Brooks joined The Upside Podcast in the first of a series of discussions about the racial issues we're facing in this country and how they impact athletes, coaches, and families. Dr. Brooks is the Director of Research at the Global Sports Institute at Arizona State. He is also a senior fellow at the Wharton Sports Business Initiative and …
 
The son of a well known high school coach in the Cincinnati area, Mick Cronin's (@CoachMickCronin) coaching tree association includes the likes Bob Huggins and Rick Pitino.As a head coach, Cronin has led his teams to 11 NCAA tournament appearances and guided the Bearcats of Cincy to 9 straight bids.Now in his second year as head coach at UCLA Croni…
 
CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein is the latest guest on the Upside Podcast with Adam Finkelstein. Rothstein is one of the most prominent analysts in all of college basketball and someone that Adam describes as having "an entrepreneurial approach to the media industry" through his use of branding, marketing, customer engagement, a…
 
Texas head men's basketball coach Shaka Smart is the latest guest of The Upside Podcast with Adam Finkelstein. In this wide-ranging conversation, Shaka and Adam talk about the recent signing of five-star prospect Greg Brown III, not only discussing what he brings to the Longhorns but the added challenge of recruiting against the NBA G-League to get…
 
Chris Herren was once a childhood basketball prodigy who battled addiction throughout a career that went from Durfee High School to the Boston Celtics. He's been drug and alcohol free since 2008 and, in that time, has developed into one of the nation's most recognizable speakers on issues of addiction and mental health while also building three org…
 
The Last Dance is a highly anticipated sports documentary miniseries profiling the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls and their season long quest for a sixth NBA championship. With Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, Dennis Rodman, and Steve Kerr are some of the most recognizable names on that roster, current Southern Connecticut State University head c…
 
Dr. Joe Carr is perhaps the most well-known sports psychologist in the world of basketball. With over 30 years of experience in clinical, sports, and community psychology, Dr. Carr is a co-creator of the NBA's "Rookie Transition Program" and has worked privately with individuals including Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, and Victor Ola…
 
This was the season that Pat Chambers, his staff, and program had been building towards for literally the better part of the last decade. They were a ranked within the top ten programs in the country at one point this winter and a virtual lock to hear their name called on Selection Sunday. Of course, after the season's abrupt end due to the coronav…
 
Georges Niang had just finished warm-ups with the rest of this Utah Jazz teammates last Wednesday, March 11th when officials ran onto the floor at Oklahoma City to stop the game before the opening tip. The next 24-hours essentially shut down the sports world as the NBA suspended their season, college basketball conferences tournaments were cancelle…
 
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