In our first year at Providence College, we coached a kid from Chester, PA named John Linehan.  John was a 5-7 (generous) point guard who is still today the all-time NCAA leader in steals.  He had a huge impact on our program and just finished up a 13 year pro career.

So John brought his young cousin up to campus one weekend when we had a home game and told us we needed to take a look at him.  He was a junior in high school at the time.  Our staff had seen him play and decided he was a good player but was too small to play in the Big East.  His cousin was Jammer Nelson, who would go on to be an NBA All-Star and is still playing in the league at 35.

Recruiting is an art, not a science.  We were coaching John Linehan, a 5-7 guard who was our best player, and we passed on his cousin because we thought he was too small!

Great article on what Jameer is doing to stay in the league and be productive at 35.

“The greatest thing about him, he has never been afraid to be alone.”

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