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NCAA Basketball Rumors: Top 3 Coaching Prospects
Sports Report 360 examines the top 3 coaching prospects.
Josh Pastner 49-20 in 2 seasons at University Of Memphis
Pastner is an enthusiastic coach who is known for being an excellent recruiter. He did a great job this season of dealing with fighting among teammates and general internal issues this season without letting it affect the team’s performance on the floor. The team is rapidly improving under his leadership evidenced by going to the NIT in year one and making it to the NCAA tournament this season. It is going to be tough for him to consider staying at Memphis for a long time because if he goes to another university with more resources he will almost assuredly win a national championship.
Shaka Smart 53-20 in 2 seasons at Virginia Commonwealth University
Smart has flown under the radar, but his coaching talent cannot hide anymore. He is one of the best coaches in the country. Last year he coached the team to becoming CBI Champions and this season he has led the team to a deep NCAA tournament run. When you watch his teams play the thing that stands out the most is just how much fun and joy the players seem to be having playing for him. His players would go through a wall for him. Smart is an intelligent coach who is ready to lead a major program. Be on the look out for Smart in the future.
Brad Stevens 114-24 in 4 seasons at Butler University
Stevens’ teams are known for being extremely well prepared. His teams are very detailed oriented and win. After coaching the team to the NCAA tournament championship game last season in a narrow lost to Duke, this season he has coached the team back to a deep NCAA tournament run. All of his success is not by accident, he knows what it takes to build a program. The powerhouse universities will be prepared to offer him a record contract to get him away from Butler, which is going to be difficult for him to turn down. He is extremely competitive and ready to lead a powerhouse university to a national championship.