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Masiello comfortable back in NYC

Posted on: July 13, 2011 11:50 am
Edited on: July 13, 2011 12:44 pm

By Gary Parrish

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- It's always nice to see first-year head coaches out during July navigating the summer circuit in a different role. They usually seem a little more focused, a little more energized and a little more anxious to get things moving.

And they look different, too.

Which brings me to Steve Masiello.

I don't think I've ever seen him in a color other than red or black because he spent the past six seasons as an assistant for Rick Pitino at Louisville. But Masiello landed the Manhattan job last April. So there he was in Gym 3 of the Riverview Park Activities Center early Wednesday, decked out in Manhattan's colors of green and white, and watching a team from New York, which just so happens to be the state where Masiello was raised.

"It's great to be home," Masiello said here at the Nike Peach Jam. "It's great to be around people I know."

Including the New York summer coaches who control most of the area's top prospects.

Masiello helped build Louisville into a Big East power by recruiting New York, point being that he's long had relationships in and around the city. Consequently, Masiello didn't have to spend much time introducing himself to the power-brokers in the weeks after he was hired. He already knew them -- all of them. And so now the goal is to use those relationships to get the Jaspers back to respectability.

"The recruiting game has turned into nothing but relationships because of the success of the VCUs and Butlers," Masiello said. "Kids really think they can go anywhere today and get noticed and win. So if you have a relationship with good programs you can now get a kid who might be a definite Big East or Big Ten player to take a look at you. You can probably get involved with those kids now, and I'm definitely going to use those relationships and try do it."

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