2021 W Matthew Cleveland joined us for our first episode since June 4th to briefly discuss his recent Top 5 list of schools, his recent showing at The Opening on June 27th, and what he's been focusing on during the coronavirus pandemic. Cleveland has flown up the national rankings over the past year and showed last weekend why he may be due for another bump up into Top 10 territory.
Next up is Wofford Head Coach Jay McAuley, who recently completed his 1st season leading the Terriers after previously being the Associate HC at Wofford. Coach McAuley is a Georgia native who graduated from Pope High School and then the University of Georgia. He brings tons of energy and intensity to coaching and has been a huge part in helping me in what I do. Earlier today, he spoke on the transition to being a head coach, Wofford's brand, and how their team has gone about addressing the current racial issues in our country.
Coach Justin Bradley from Dartmouth is the next college coach guest and spoke with us about a lot of different things. He has been a 30-Under-30 honoree and has gained vast experience early in his coaching career. To go along with touching on his coaching path, recruiting in the Ivy League, and Division 3 basketball, Coach Bradley provided valuable insight on Coach LeVelle Moton & his voice in addressing racial injustice in our country, and how we can ignite change and progress as a nation.
Coach Aaron Parr from St. Pius joins us for Episode 15. We haven't had a high school coach in a while so Coach Parr is a great one to bring on. He is going into his 10th year as the head coach at Pius and has already surpassed 200 wins. His Golden Lions teams are known for their defense, speed, and competitiveness each year, which has led to tons of playoff success. He went into detail about building the Pius program, what they're about, how they've maintained success, and more.
Chris Kreider is the next college coach to come on the podcast. He just finished his 1st season at Georgia State after most recently being at Rice. Coach Kreider has been at a variety of spots during his coaching career, including numerous in-state Georgia schools. He is a genuine, honest guy who is one of my favorite coaches to see out at games. He talked about how his coaching experience at different places has helped mold him, gave a lot of recruiting insight, and gave some details on Georgia State's program.
Adam Blake from North Georgia is the next college coach to join us. The 2019-20 season was the 1st for the current UNG staff, led by Dan Evans, and accompanied by Coach Blake and Austin Burnette. Blake is originally from Ohio and has made a few coaching stops prior to coming to UNG. He is a very passionate and energetic young coach who demands a lot from his players. Coach Blake reflected on Year 1 at UNG, the Nighthawks' impressive recruiting class, what he looks for in players, what it's like being a young coach, and more. There is a positive outlook on North Georgia's program and I'm excited to see what they do in the coming years.
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Ryan Greer of Northwestern is the 1st current college player to join us. I first met Ryan when he was in 8th grade while helping with his travel basketball team when I was a senior in high school. Now entering his junior season at Northwestern, Greer started out at The Lovett School in Atlanta, and then went to Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts after his sophomore season. He spent one year at NMH and then reclassed back up to 2018 and moved on to Northwestern in the Big 10. He spoke with us about his unique high school path, his recruitment process, the importance of academics, majoring in journalism, and more.
Another high school player jumps on for Episode 11 as Sutton Smith joined us after recently receiving his 1st Division offer from Navy. Smith is a player who I first watched when he was in 7th grade and he has developed a reputation as one of the best true point guards in Georgia. He gave us details on receiving the offer from Navy, the variety of things he brings to a team, what it's like being a high-academic prospect, and more. Smith is an extremely bright, mature kid who has done great things in each of his 2 seasons at Denmark so far.
Director and coach of Team Dickerson, Demond Stephens, joins us for Episode 10. Stephens has been around the Atlanta basketball scene for a while and was a long-time coach of the Atlanta Celtics. This year he decided to form his own independent program, Team Dickerson, to honor the late Derrick Dickerson, who had a great impact on Atlanta travel basketball during his time. Stephens has a very talented 17U group to go along with 16U and 15U teams that are on the rise. He described what Team Dickerson is about, his training methods, his roster, and more.
For Episode 9, we are joined by 2 guests- Greg Blythe and Tarrik Mabon, the co-founders of Inspire Atlanta. Along with the Inspire travel basketball program, Coach Mabon is the Head Coach at Mount Vernon Presbyterian, and Coach Blythe is an Associate Head Coach at Pace Academy. They spoke with us about their unique coaching paths so far, starting and building Inspire Atlanta, the CP3 Rising Stars Camp, and the outlook for their high school programs. Coach Mabon and Coach Blythe are tireless workers who do things the right way and have helped countless high school players through their coaching and mentorship.
Virginia Tech's Mike Young joins us as the 1st College Head Coach to be on the podcast. Coach Young recently completed his 1st year at the helm of the Hokies program after a long & successful run at Wofford. He reflected on his inagural season at VT, recruiting & building the program in Balcksburg, and his journey at Wofford, while also touching on a lot of other things that both players and coaches should listen to. His resume speaks for itself and his time & insight are valued greatly.
Another college coach, Jonathan Mattox from Morehead State, joins us for Episode 7. Mattox is a Georgia native who attended Oconee County HS and finished his playing career at Emmanuel College. He came to Morehead State in 2013 and has served in numerous roles while working his way up to an assistant coach on the Eagles' staff. He went in-depth with us on his coaching path, the Morehead State program, and his approach to recruiting. The thoughts and experiences that he shared in this episode should be very helpful to both young coaches and high school players who are hoping to elevate their recruitment once the coronavirus pandemic is over.
In Episode 6, RJ Keene joins us as the first high school prospect to come on the podcast. Keene is a 6'7" Texas-based prospect who plays with Houston Hoops and attends Concordia Lutheran School. He is getting a good amount of recruitment already, but would have had a good chance to take another step up during the April Live Periods if we were able to play. He speaks with us about his recruitment currently, playing with Houston Hoops, and why he thinks coaches would have been impressed with him this travel season.
Our 1st college coach guest, Drew Gibson from Navy, joins us in Episode 5. Gibson played at Wofford where he was a 1,000-point, 500-assist and All-Conference player for the Terriers, and then played overseas for multiple years before transitioning into coaching. He started his coaching career at Wofford as the Director Of Basketball Operations, then was the top assistant at Augusta for 2 years, and now just completed his 1st season at Navy as an assistant coach. Gibson speaks with us about his coaching path so far, gaining experience and learning from well-respected coaches, the Service Academy aspect of Navy, how he's adjusting during the coronavirus pandemic, and concludes with some advice for HS prospects.
Next up is our 2nd player guest, Fletcher Magee, who holds the NCAA's all-time record for 3-pointers made in a career. Magee played in Spain's top professional league this year but is now back in his hometown of Orlando during the coronavirus pandemic. He speaks with us about his career at Wofford, his work ethic, his recruitment as an HS prospect, and how to get better during this time. Magee also speaks about his recently started Fletcher Magee Academy, which combines online videos and summer camps to help younger players.
Episode 3 brings on our 1st player guest, Brandon Robinson, who just recently finished his playing career at the University of North Carolina and also attended Douglas County High School in Georgia. He had an uncommon path to UNC and experienced a ton during his time as a Tar Heel. As he now gears up for his professional career, he spoke with us about his rise as a high school prospect, his work ethic, his experience within college basketball, and why he believes Georgia basketball is among the best in the country.
David Bentley joins us for Episode 2 of the Relentless Hoops Podcast. Bentley currently works with the Upward Stars and Hargrave Military Academy's basketball team. He had successful years with a few Upward Upstate teams after starting out at Anderson University and plans to have an Upward SE Select team this summer. Bentley is well-connected within the high school & college basketball scene and brings a lot of good insight to the podcast. In this episode he talks about his stops at different spots, his previous Upward teams, how he gets his guys seen, and networking as a coach.
In our very 1st episode, I am joined by Sim Frazier, 17U head coach of Team Curry of the UAA and the director of PSB Elite Charlotte. Sim has helped build PSB Elite into one of the best independent programs around over the last 5 years and the program was rewarded with a full UAA sponsorship this winter. Team Curry is the result of this sponsorship, which is sponsored by NBA Star Stephen Curry. Sim discusses with us what it's like to rise as an independent program, this year's 17U Team Curry roster, how PSB has found its niche, and other topics.