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Howard Head Coach Kenny Blakeney
Jul 28 • 39 min
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…
West Virginia Head Coach Bob Huggins
Jul 16 • 57 min
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…
GCU Head Coach Bryce Drew
Jul 14 • 28 min
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…
Keith Stevens Of Team Takeover
Jul 10 • 40 min
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…
USF Head Coach Brian Gregory
Jun 29 • 41 min
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…
Big East Coaches For Action Virtual Roundtable
Jun 24 • 44 min
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…
‘Black Wall Street’ Gets an Asset Reevaluation
Jun 17 • 44 min
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…
Claudell Clark and Roger Cador
Jun 11 • 51 min
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…
Pitt Coach Jeff Capel and Marquette Coach Steve Wojciechowski
Jun 5 • 43 min
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…
Missouri Coach Cuonzo Martin
Jun 3 • 47 min
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…
Dr. Scott Brooks
May 31 • 74 min
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…
UCLA Head Coach Mick Cronin
May 19 • 50 min
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…
Jon Rothstein
May 14 • 48 min
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…
Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart
May 8 • 31 min
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…
Chris Herren
Apr 29 • 34 min
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…
ESPN’s Paul Biancardi on Jalen Green, Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley
Apr 26 • 26 min
ESPN National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi joins us on this special edition as we break down top recruits Jalen Green, Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley as well as other top players as part of the ESPN 100 final listing for this season.
Former Michael Jordan Teammate Scott Burrell
Apr 17 • 35 min
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…
Sports Psychologist Dr. Joe Carr
Apr 9 • 65 min
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…
Penn State Head Coach Pat Chambers
Mar 29 • 23 min
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…
Utah Jazz Forward Georges Niang
Mar 22 • 55 min
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…
The Development of Dayton’s Obi Toppin
Feb 26 • 37 min
Dayton sensation Obi Toppin is poised to help his Flyers make a deep run in this year’s NCAA Tournament while being projected as a potential National Player of the Year and future lottery pick. Toppin’s growth on the hardwood has been far from an…
Mike Procopio Remembers His Years Working with Kobe Bryant
Jan 31 • 57 min
The basketball world and beyond was rocked this week by the loss of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and 7 others in a tragic helicopter accident over the weekend. One person who got unique access to Kobe and a look at his process was Mike Procopio, who worked…
Duncan Robinson - Miami Heat
Jan 7 • 34 min
Miami Heat forward Duncan Robinson came into the new year leading the NBA in both true shooting percentage and effective field goal percentage. Robinson is a New England native who was just 5-foot-7 as a high school freshman but has since grown over a…
Ep 23 - Pitt Head Coach Jeff Capel on Impact of One-and-Dones
Apr 2, 2019 • 21 min
Pittsburgh head coach Jeff Capel just finished his first season at the helm of the Panther program, reflects upon the last twelve months, while also looking back at his time as the associate head coach at Duke in order to share his unique perspective…
Ep 22 - Jordan Brenner’s Anatomy of a NCAA Tournament Upset
Mar 19, 2019 • 36 min
Jordan Brenner has covered the NBA and college basketball for over a decade at places including ESPN, Bleacher Report, and the Athletic. He also founded a site called Giant Killers back in 2006 which accurately projected George Mason’s Cinderella run to…
Ep. 21-Iona Gaels Head Coach Tim Cluess
Mar 12, 2019 • 19 min
Hot off of his victory in the MAAC tournament, Iona Gaels head coach Tim Cluess joins Adam for this special podcast. Coach Cluess will tell us about the importance of conditioning and how that pays off in tournament situations as well as the challenges of…
Ep. 20 - Harvard Head Coach Tommy Amaker
Dec 11, 2018 • 32 min
He’s served as an Assistant Coach under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke before coaching at Michigan and Seton Hall. Now the head basketball coach at Harvard, Tommy Amaker joins Adam to talk branding, basketball, bonding in the Ivy culture and so much more.
Ep 19 - Providence College Friar Standouts A.J. Reeves And David Duke
Nov 22, 2018 • 22 min
Last year when they were freshly committed to Ed Cooley’s Providence College Friars, both David Duke and A.J. Reeves were our first guests this Podcast. Now after 5 games with the program, both Freshman standouts are living up to the hype. Not only are…
Ep. 18 - Basketball Statistical Analyst Dean Oliver
Aug 28, 2018 • 50 min
Dean Oliver is considered by many to be the Godfather of Advanced Basketball Analytics. The author of the groundbreaking book “Basketball on Paper”, Oliver was the first statistical analyst in the NBA. He has worked in the front office for the Sacramento…
Ep. 17: Dream Teams Award-Winning Author Shane Snow
Jul 23, 2018 • 44 min
Adam visits with author Shane Snow. Shane is an award-winning journalist, celebrated entrepreneur, and the bestselling author of the books Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking and DREAM TEAMS: Working Together Without Falling Apart, as…
Ep. 16 - ESPN NBA Draft Expert Jonathan Givony
Jun 20, 2018 • 35 min
Jonathan Givony is in his first year as ESPN’s NBA Draft analyst and reporter but established himself as the foremost authority on the NBA Draft long before that. He is the founder and former director of Draft Express and spent the previous two years…
Ep. 15 - Providence Coach Ed Cooley
Mar 22, 2018 • 28 min
Fresh off their fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, Providence College head coach Ed Cooley sits down with us this week. Adam also discusses some of the recent coaching changes including UCONN’s hiring of Dan Hurley, Memphis coach Penny Hardaway…
Behind the Scenes of the NCAA Tourney with Bob Walsh
Mar 17, 2018 • 39 min
Bob Walsh has carved a career in the northeast to become one of the most respected coaches in the area. As a former Providence College assistant coach, Rhode Island College head coach and his most recent stint at Maine, Bob now prepares for the next phase…
Ep. 13 - NCAA Tournament Bracketologist Brad Wachtel
Mar 6, 2018 • 40 min
Brad Wachtel has been described as the best bracketologist you’ve never heard of. While he may not yet have the national popularity of others that project the NCAA tournament field, his history of being able to predict the bracket is unmatched. In fact,…
Ep. 12 - Former Indiana and Marquette Coach Tom Crean
Feb 28, 2018 • 38 min
Former Marquette and Indiana head coach Tom Crean is the latest guest on the Upside Podcast. In addition to being one of the most well-known college coaches in the country over the course of the last decade, Crean has also proven to be an exemplary…
Ep. 11 - Micah Shrewsberry Boston Celtics Assistant Coach
Feb 20, 2018 • 58 min
Micah Shrewsberry has been an assistant coach with the Boston Celtics for the last four seasons. Prior to that he was also by Brad Stevens’ side during Butler’s consecutive Final Four runs and also spent two years at Purdue. While he has now coached at…
Ep. 10 - Xavier Assistant Coach Luke Murray
Feb 2, 2018 • 44 min
Xavier assistant coach Luke Murray is the latest guest of the Upside Podcast. Murray speaks candidly about what it was like to grow up as the son of one of the world’s most famous actors and how his love for the game and current career is rooted in his…
Ep. 9 - ESPN National Director of Recruiting Paul Biancardi
Jan 25, 2018 • 42 min
ESPN National Director of Recrutiing Paul Biancardi joins Adam as they discuss Duke’s big snag of top recruit Zion Williamson, North Carolina’s recruiting class. Plus your Twitter questions and more.
Ep. 8 - Big East Sr. Associate Commissioner Stu Jackson
Jan 16, 2018 • 45 min
There are few basketball professionals that can come close to duplicating the diverse experiences that Stu Jackson has had over the last 30 years. Currently the Big East’s Senior Associate Commissioner for men’s basketball, Jackson’s career also includes…
Ep. 7-ESPN’s Jeff Goodman Live From Lithuania with The Ball Family
Jan 8, 2018 • 41 min
ESPN Insider Jeff Goodman is the latest guest on the podcast and he checks in directly from Lithuania where he is currently covering the arrival of the LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball, the younger brothers of Los Angeles Lake rookie Lonzo Ball, who arrived this…
Ep. 6 - Hall of Fame and former UCONN Coach Jim Calhoun
Dec 28, 2017 • 35 min
He’s won 3 national championships with the UCONN Huskies. He’s in the Naismith Hall of Fame. He’s none other than Jim Calhoun. On this very special episode Adam and coach Calhoun take us on his basketball journey, philosophies of coaching young players…
Ep. 5 - Michael Peck
Dec 20, 2017 • 45 min
Michael Peck is currently Associate Head Coach at Texas at San Antonio. Once a head coach at Findlay Prep., Michael then moved up to be a D-League head coach and is now a college coach. Mr. Peck is one of the few people who has coached in the pros,…
Ep 4 - Jeff Borzello
Dec 15, 2017 • 41 min
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello joins Adams Finkelstein on the podcast to discuss national recruiting, college basketball results to date, and much more. Borzello and Finkelstein discuss some of the best recruiting classes in the country to date, whether or not Duke…
Ep. 3 - ESPN NBA Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz
Dec 4, 2017 • 43 min
College basketball recruiting expert and host Adam Finkelstein speaks with ESPN NBA Draft Analyst Mike Schmitz. Their conversation ranges a number of topics beginning with Schmitz’ unique path to his current spot as one of the leading experts on the NBA…
Ep 2 - Rhode Island Ram Associate Head Coach David Cox
Nov 23, 2017 • 35 min
URI Ram Associate Head coach David Cox catches up with Adam right before the Thanksgiving holiday as Dan Hurley’s Rams boast one of top recruiting classes among mid-majors in the nation. It’s little wonder why people in Kingston are starting to get very…
Future Providence Friars AJ Reeves And David Duke
Nov 10, 2017 • 34 min
Mass Rivals teammates and future Friars A.J. Reeves and David Duke talk about their respective commitments to Providence College on The Upside with Adam Finkelstein.
NEPSAC Recaps And National Prep Championship Preview
Mar 7, 2016 • 20 min
NERR’s Adam Finkelstein recaps the 2016 NEPSAC Class A, AA and AAA Championships and previews the 2016 National Prep Championship on The Upside podcast.
NEPSAC Championship Weekend Preview
Mar 4, 2016 • 15 min
Adam Finkelstein gives his insights into NEPSAC Basketball’s 2016 Championship Weekend.
Observations From The 2016 Hoophall Classic
Jan 22, 2016 • 16 min
Adam Finkelstein recaps the action from the 2016 Hoophall Classic where we saw some of the most talented high school basketball players in the country.
2015 NEPSAC Preview with 3 Head Coaches
Nov 5, 2015 • 48 min
On The Upside, Adam Finkelstein talks with South Kent’s Kelvin Jefferson, Bridgton’s Whit Lesure, and Northfield Mount Hermon’s John Carroll about the 2015 NEPSAC basketball season.
Big East Coaches on Kris Dunn and Recruiting New England
Oct 16, 2015 • 25 min
In this episode of The Upside with Adam Finkelstein, Big East basketball coaches discuss the importance of recruiting New England, and how they go about preparing for Kris Dunn.
Kevin Marfo Set to Announce his College Commitment, Elite 75 Recap
Oct 7, 2015 • 22 min
Adam Finkelstein talks with Worcester Academy and BABC Forward Kevin Marfo, who is set to announce his college basketball commitment between three schools, Boston College, Providence College, and George Washington. Finkelstein then recaps the Elite 75…
Wenyen Gabriel on his Final 5 & the Summer’s Rising Stars
Aug 25, 2015 • 30 min
On The Upside podcast, Adam Finkelstein talks with Luc Smith about the summer breakouts on the recruiting trail before speaking with Wenyen Gabriel, who has narrowed his college choice to Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, UConn and Providence.