Created with Sketch.
The Upside with Adam Finkelstein
29 minutes | Jun 18, 2021
Boston College Head Coach Earl Grant
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 2018 regular season and conference tournament championship. He also led the Cougars to their first NCAA Tourney appearance in 20 years. Now as leader of the Eagles, Grant looks to bring the passion back to Chestnut Hill as he joins host Adam Finkelstein on The Upside Podcast.
25 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Reecee Hollans of Adidas Grassroots Basketball
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 her to 'blindly' answering a Craiglist ad that got ReeCee to Nike. Now as a pioneer in the field of Grassroots basketball at Adidas, Ms. Hollans joins host Adam Finkelstein on The Upside Podcast.
31 minutes | May 13, 2021
Minnesota Head Coach Ben Johnson
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 bench. In his previous stint at Minnesota in 2013, Johnson helped recruit local standouts and current members of the Los Angeles Clippers organization Daniel Oturu and Amir Coffey to the Gophers. He also recruited current Gopher Gabe Kalscheur to the Maroon and Gold. Johnson was instrumental in recruiting and developing Jordan Murphy, who finished his career atop the Gopher record books in rebounds (1,307), free throws made (460), free throws attempted (698) and second in scoring (1,802 points).
29 minutes | Mar 2, 2021
'Sports Cards Nonsense' with Mike Gioseffi
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 in the world of sports cards. His brand, 'Sports Card Nonsense', is now the latest podcast on The Ringer Network and includes an active community on his website and a variety of social media channels. Mike's been able to take his talents to help both experts and newbies alike help navigate this suddenly hot alternative asset class. Visit Sports Cards Nonsense: http://www.sportscardsnonsense.com Subscribe to their podcast: On Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2MJwcKy On iTunes: https://apple.co/305y4QL Find them on social media: Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sportscardsnonsense Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sports_cards_nonsense/ TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@sportscardsnonsense Twitter: https://twitter.com/SCN_Gio YouTube: https://bit.ly/3rn0MbG
35 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Nike's Rachel Baker takes Grassroots Basketball to the Next Level
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 basketball space. Her current work ranges from working with families to coordinating EYBL events to contributing to Kevin Durant's product line. In this interview, she talks about her roots and path, obstacles she faced along the way, how her job has evolved, what she envisions for her future, and what her advice would be to the next generation of young women looking to break into this space.
30 minutes | Feb 2, 2021
Orlando Magic Director of Player Development Rebecca Bonner
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 with the Orlando Magic she is the leading candidate to become the first female General Manger in the NBA.
25 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
Phil Martelli kicks-off Coaches vs Cancer Week
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 challenges of fundraising in the current climate. Visit https://suitsandsneakers.org/ for more information on how to support Coaches vs Cancer.
34 minutes | Jan 19, 2021
Yale Head Coach James Jones
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 program long term as the nation slowly climbs out of the pandemic. He's still very busy looking at players, learning new aspects of the game all while always trying to continually get better and grow his program.
37 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Inside Mohegan Sun's 'Bubbleville' with Greg Procino
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 Basketball Operations, Greg Procino takes us inside the logistics of pulling off the 'minor miracle' of hosting 27 games in these unprecedented times.
50 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
Michael Carter - Williams, Max Zegarowski and Marcus Zegarowski
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 England native are joined by his 2 younger brothers, Max Zegarowski currently at Franklin-Pierce and Marcus Zegarowski with the #11 pre-season ranked Creighton Blue Jays. Who won those backyard battles? Who gives who coaching advice? You'll be surprised at some of the answers.
28 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Georgia Tech Head Coach Joshua Pastner
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 challenges student athletes faces while trying to fit in at one of the nation's elite engineering schools. As Pastner puts it "you can't hide anyone academically at Georgia Tech. You got to put your hard-hat on to get a degree". Going into the 2020-2021 season, Pastner has put together his best recruiting class ever. In the always ridiculously talent deep ACC conference, he will need his 5 star player development momentum to keep rolling.
51 minutes | Oct 9, 2020
Jimmy Baron, Jr.
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 skills coach. The Rhode Island native reflects back on his working relationship with his dad while being a mentor to his brother Billy Baron. Plus we hear of Jimmy's experiences playing in Turkey, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Lithuania and Russia. Get more of The Upside: On the web 👉🏼👉🏼 https://www.yurview.com/tag/the-upside/ On iTunes 👉🏼👉🏼 https://apple.co/35TnFMf On Spotify 👉🏼👉🏼 https://spoti.fi/2RHV8Rq
41 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Arkansas Head Coach Eric Musselman
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 racial turmoil in a nation looking to heal.
34 minutes | Sep 20, 2020
Rhode Island Head Coach David Cox
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 play. Not to mention that the new transfer rule was a big help. Plus the DC native and former educator discusses his communication with the Rams on the Black Lives Matter movement from a historical perspective.
34 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Bryant Coach Jared Grasso
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.
31 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
NBA Trainer Rob McClanaghan
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 NBA's hottest commodities.
51 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
Legendary Scout Tom Konchalski
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 photographic memory of players. Adam puts that recall to the test on this very special episode.
39 minutes | Jul 28, 2020
Howard Head Coach Kenny Blakeney
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 'When We All Vote' initiative with the goal of increasing black voter registration among young people. When Covid-19 forced students to abruptly leave campus, Coach Blakeney helped implement a virtual fundraiser through the student assistance fund to help students get home and give families that had someone laid-off or furloughed a bit of financial relief. His game plan at Howard is to utilize the brand of Howard to promote academics and basketball as the two can work hand in hand. Blakeney's strategy seems to be working as he is starting to land some of the top recruits in the nation.
58 minutes | Jul 16, 2020
West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins
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 humble origins and a coaching and mentor tree that includes the likes of Lou Carnesecca, Jerry Tarkanian and Al McGuire. His work with the McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative aims to improve the number of minorities scholarships in athletic administration roles. Huggins' accolades include Big 12 Coach of the Year (2015), Three times Conference USA Coach of the Year (1998-2000), Jim Phelan Award (2015), Big East Tournament Championship (2010), five Sweet Sixteens, two Elite Eights and two Final Fours. In this intimate sit-down here's a great chance to get to know one of the greatest college coaches of our time. While 'feeling blessed' for all he has received he still feels like he needs to give more back to others as a result of others giving so much to him.
28 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
GCU Head Coach Bryce Drew
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 faith.
Terms of Service
Do Not Sell My Personal Information
© Stitcher 2021