I spoke with new men’s basketball assistant coach Josh Postorino, an engaging sort whom you’ll enjoy meeting if you get the opportunity. He’s been busy recruiting and visiting with old contacts in the Atlanta area. I’ve got four Josh Postorino facts. I’ll post something in the afternoon spring football-related.
1. Postorino’s first job was at Dayton in 2000, where he also played, as director of operations under Oliver Purnell. He shared a small, windowless office with Shaka Smart, who joined him after one season. They later worked together at Clemson under Purnell and have remained friends. Postorino, in fact, watched VCU play Butler in the Final Four from behind the VCU bench.
2. Postorino met Brian Gregory at a recruiting seminar that Gregory led and Postorino and Smart both attended. Postorino said he still uses a lot of the stuff Gregory shared, including trying to making contact with recruits and their coaches daily – five phone calls, five hand-written notes and five e-mails.
“I think about it all the time, about maximizing and managing time, being efficient all day long,” Postorino said.
3. When Postorino was at Clemson – he was director of basketball operations in 07-08, then an assistant from 2008-10 – 80 percent of his recruiting time was spent in metro Atlanta. He led the recruitment of Marcus Thornton, the Westlake star who signed with Clemson before Purnell left for DePaul, leading Thornton to get his release and sign with Georgia.
Postorino watched every AAU game that Thornton played in the summer following his sophomore year with the Georgia Stars, sitting each time in the front row with his Clemson gear on. (The recruiting element of coaching can be a funny way to make a living sometimes.) Postorino estimated Thornton played 50 games that summer.
4. Since his hire on Friday, Postorino has been busy recruiting. He, Gregory and assistant Chad Dollar have been making the rounds and are still going after Class of 2011 members. AJC recruiting writer Michael Carvell posted last week that two players Gregory signed at Dayton have been granted their release, leading to the possibility that one or both could end up at Tech. Michael also posted late last night that Miami commit and Norcross High junior Chris Bolden has de-committed from Miami and is considering Tech.
“We’re looking at ‘em all,” Postorino said. “From any prospective age, freshman to senior to all classes right now.”