Posted on: August 12, 2010 8:53 am
Edited on: August 12, 2010 8:55 am
Eric Musselman will be introduced today as the new coach of Reno's NBDL franchise.
Good for him.
I've gotten to know Eric over the past few years because of his work with high school prospects, and his passion for basketball is easy to spot. He's the son of a coach, someone who belongs on the sideline. So it's nice to see him get another opportunity at the professional level, this after spending the first part of the week instructing a group of Class of 2011 standouts in the adidas Nations tournament.
Yes, that was Musselman coaching the winning team Monday night on CBS College.
Asked for some thoughts, he told me LeBryan Nash and Quincy Miller were his two most talented players, that Deuce Bello is an "NBA athlete," and that it would've been nice to have coached Kevin Ware, a 6-foot-4 guard committed to Tennessee who was injured. But the highest praise was reserved for Cody Zeller, the 6-10 forward from Indiana, consensus top 20 national recruit, and younger brother of former Notre Dame player Luke Zeller and current North Carolina standout Tyler Zeller.
"I loved coaching him," Musselman said. "He's a winner -- a big who plays so hard and can shoot. Great kid."
Zeller is still considering three schools: Butler, Indiana and North Carolina.
He plans to visit all three before making a decision.
Posted on: September 18, 2009 8:08 pm
Edited on: September 18, 2009 8:10 pm
AUSTIN, Texas -- I'm on football duty this weekend.
I've got Texas Tech at Texas -- otherwise, known as a game so good Cory Joseph decided to visit.
"He's phenomenal," said former NBA coach Eric Musselman. "He's mature beyond his age and very, very confident."
Musselman familiarized himself with many of the elite Class of 2010 prospects last month at the adidas Nations event, and it should be noted that when I asked for the player who most impressed he immediately started talking about Joseph -- a 6-foot-3 point guard who is currently on campus here visiting Texas. Joseph averaged 24.8 points and 5.6 assists at adidas Nations, where he caught the attention of Musselman and everybody else, really. MaxPreps.com ranks the Canadian as the 22nd-best prospect in the Class of 2010.
"He just has total control of the ball, and he's very composed," Musselman said. "He's confident yet not cocky."
As for Musselman, he worked the adidas Nations event for the same reason that he helps with a local high school team and both of his sons' youth squads, because he's a coach who still enjoys coaching and doesn't want to get too far away from his profession. Musselman hasn't coached in an official capacity since the 2006-07 season with Sacramento, when a year with Ron Artest resulted in a 33-49 record. But the recently married Bay Area resident is still in the gym all the time, and next week he'll head to Russia to conduct a coaching clinic.
"I don't want to get rusty," Musselman said. "Just like a hitter needs reps in a batting cage, a coach needs reps, too."