Four facts about new hire Josh Postorino

Greetings-

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.

This man could probably tell you more about Marcus Thornton than you could ever care to know.

This man could probably tell you more about Marcus Thornton than you could ever care to know.

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.”

31 comments Add your comment

Jacket Backer

April 19th, 2011
8:43 am

Thanks Ken…..Looks like CBG is putting together a solid staff.

Go Jackets!

GT Letterman

April 19th, 2011
8:45 am

All of this looks good. THWG.

First.

Sarge1

April 19th, 2011
9:12 am

Thanks, Ken. Good Post. It’s funny that you offer several new posts a week and that “homer” Doug Robertson did one new inane post every three weeks. What’s Doug covering now, the croquet beat?

threetrone

April 19th, 2011
9:20 am

Just like I alluded to the other night in my comment. Postorino worked as Dir of Ops under Purnell. And Pernell Roberts, “Adam”, on Bonanza was a Tech grad. Hoss Poss. Now if I watch a game next season and somebody pronounces his name as Post torino, the links to Tech will be replaced, and I will no longer find any amusing game to play with coincidental Postorino/Tech names. One coincidence is the last four letters of his name which are similar to Randy Rhino’s name.

The Bees Nees

April 19th, 2011
9:21 am

Thanks, Ken. Nice to have some tech stuff on board.

juvenal

April 19th, 2011
9:42 am

what a job, to sit through all those games-& for what? no wonder these kids are all on ego trips……..what are your feelings on giving opinions, or are you mainly a journalist, & not an editorialist, as DR once said?(wish Doug all the best, except if he’s pulling for man u vs. Schalke)

GTPhan

April 19th, 2011
9:42 am

Nice Ken, most informative update I’ve seen on Postorino to date.

collegeballfan

April 19th, 2011
9:54 am

Nice informative column Sugiura.

We will take more!

Bug Zapper

April 19th, 2011
9:58 am

73-72
73-66

THWGT

Ken Sugiura

April 19th, 2011
10:02 am

Thanks, all. he had a lot to say and has an interesting background, which made the blog fairly easy.
threetone – your observations are very … interesting.
sarge – doug blogged a lot, believe me. i’m going to try to keep it up, but i’m coming on at a time when stuff’s going on. i’m going to guess it’ll scale back.
juvenal – i didn’t ask him, but i imagine part of him must been a little grieved by all that time spent on a player who ultimately didn’t play for him. that’s the business, i guess. but i agree; it’s very easy for these kids to feel very entitled and self-important.

GT BBall

April 19th, 2011
10:07 am

I like everything I’m hearing about our new coach and his first two hires. Convince Shumpert to come back and I’m happy with the talent level for next year. Positive basketball news!!

DawginLex

April 19th, 2011
11:01 am

I’ll go on record now:

I hate AAU basketball.

I have heard high level recruits say “I’d rather win the AAU nationals than win the state championship for my school.”

It is an all about me, watch me, help me get a scholarship thing.

Teamwork?-Rarely
Fundamentals?-Rarely
Blocking out?-Rarely

I would not let my kid play. We were gone all the time, especially Sunday and we could not go to church. It costs thousands of dollars just to be on the team.

I can’t stand it.

Next time, I will tell y’all how I really feel. :) :) :)

cluett peabody

April 19th, 2011
11:26 am

The fact that the man pictured knows Marcus Thornton is more than I want to know.

cluett peabody

April 19th, 2011
11:28 am

Ken,

It would really be nice if you could blog a little more. LIke most college football fans anything will do this time of year.

Thanks Ken!

April 19th, 2011
11:48 am

This is the kind of information that we Tech fans are looking for. It’s original and gives to us a unique perspective that we normally can’t get as sports fans. This kind of writing is something that I never saw from Doug Robertson. I wish him well but I’m excited that you’ve taken over the Tech blog. Keep it up!

ManUp...

April 19th, 2011
11:59 am

Good things indeed. I’ll raise my glass o’ coke to that!

Go Jackets!

supersize that order, mutt

April 19th, 2011
11:59 am

I wonder if the reference to Posterino’s watching AAU games will satisfy Hewitt Fan? PROBABLY NOT!!!!

Headley Lamar

April 19th, 2011
12:17 pm

Good things indeed. I’ll raise my glass o’ coke to that!

Indeed !!! Here is to mediocrity !!!!!

KevinM

April 19th, 2011
12:33 pm

Good info on Postorino…glad to see he has landed on his feet.

Sure would have liked to have seen Thornton go to Clemson, but Purnell snuck out of town so quick, it probably even shocked the coaching staff.
Josh does seem to have made good contacts in Georgia and I would hope he would improve Tech’s local recruiting. Gregory sure didn’t have any ties here and that is critical from the get-go.
The time to get the up and coming juniors in now, during AAU time.
And AAU isn’t for everyone either, but it keeps the kids playing and hoping they improve their weaknesses.

Get back to World of Warcraft, nerd

April 19th, 2011
12:40 pm

The “Oracle of Annapolis” finally decided to address special teams.

Thats hilarious.

Tech goes 5-7 next year. You heard it here first.

The lack of talent and recruiting is going to catch up with you guys this year.

ManUp...

April 19th, 2011
12:42 pm

Mr. Lamar, yes, I’ll totally take my second swig to the continued mediocrity of YOUR program…and I’m sure we don’t have to guess which one it is, do we? Nevertheless, think what you will. I believe we have strong evidence of a Georgia Tech resurgence in the next two seasons. Anyone not wearing the White and Old Gold will, naturally, tell us we should focus on a different sport. This has most recently happened in baseball the past two seasons. It was SUCH a big deal in this state when “the other state school” did well in that sport, but get pasted by Tech for two straight seasons and everyone’s all “well college baseball is not a sport to waste your time on anyway!” No, I think I’ll just be proud of my Jackets and enjoy them where they succeed, thanks. All I’m saying is basketball looks to be on the up and up!

Go Jackets!

ManUp...

April 19th, 2011
12:45 pm

What is a warcraft? I’ve been at Tech a long time and my fraternity has never been to this World of Warcraft place. Is it someplace I should be aware of? I keep hearing about it from Dawg fans. I guess if everyone at UGA parties there I should be jealous and want to go too, right?

oracle1

April 19th, 2011
1:26 pm

As a Tech fan for 60 years, I do miss one aspect that many on both sides do NOT begin to fully realize.

Until about 15 years ago, UGA REALLY WAS just a cow college. When they brayed, “How ‘Bout Them Dawgs?!” a good number among them had no clue that the affected spelling was not correct! Those on God’s Side used to rightly tell “Georgie” jokes like Polish jokes.

But the HOPE morphed UGA ALSO into a solid state university academically. SAT scores (already high at GT before the HOPE) have since SOARED at both schools, albeit with Tech’s remaining proportionately higher. In Athens, the SAT average (math/verbal) is approaching 1,300, which BLOWS AWAY the likes of Auburn at 1,100 or so.

GT is 3rd or 4th in the nation as a technical/engineering school (math/verbal SAT average now bumping 1,400), trailing ONLY Berkeley as a public school (MIT, Stanford and Cal Tech are private schools).

Have you noticed your children or friends’ children getting rejected over in Athens, perhaps? Well GT is nipping at Emory’s and Duke’s heels for most competitive academically in the South. UGA has left Auburn, Bama, UT, LSU, Ole Miss, etc., FAR BEHIND in academic competitiveness. UGA is on par with UNC and UF, and not far behind UVA among southern flagship state universities.

Why did I mention the HOPE? Because it began to keep our smartest kids in state instead of their going off to Vandy, Duke, UNC, UVA, W&M, W&L, Davidson, the Ivies, etc.

One thing about the respective fans…my daughter graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna C.L. from UGA in 2008…she confirmed what I had always imagined–> that many, probably most, of the most rabid Mutts’ fans NEVER darkened a classroom door there. Those drunken rednecks are often just that!

One other thing…they have indeed maintained the joke courses for the jocks over in Athens (no calculus or statistics to be seen)…we have a good family friend who recently was on a football scholarship his freshman year in Athens and announced, “Hey, Georgia is easy!”

When he dropped his football scholarship, and they were no longer hand-picking the “Theory of Athletics” ilk courses for him, suddenly he found it a LOT tougher in Athens. Hmmm.

ManUp...

April 19th, 2011
1:35 pm

I’m 100% in favor of both state schools being the top of their respective (and now overlapping and directly-conflicting) academic fields and both ranked Top 5 ON THE FIELD when they meet in competition every year. I’d still be all Ramblin Wreck.

Go Jackets!

dolla dolla bills y'all

April 19th, 2011
2:10 pm

Thanks oracle1 … the HOPE really has changed the landscape of college education in GA for all of the schools. Personally I missed the HOPE scholarship offering by about 3 years, otherwise I would have been all over it and it surely would have saved me a lot of $$ in my 20’s and early ’30’s paying back student loans. Even without the HOPE though, in-state tuitions to both GT and UGA are among the best education values in the country.

Regarding Postorino … he and Chad Dollar sound like great hires to this GT fan. Its clear to me that Hewitt never understood (or just never cared enough) about the need to have solid coaching experience sitting next to him on the bench … not just “Yes Men”. Many great business leaders will tell you that they are successful because they hire people that are smarter and/or equally (if not more) experienced than they are.

51WTGW50

April 19th, 2011
2:12 pm

Sarge1
Doug is a UGA grad and an English Football fan. He just got stuck covering TECH because nobody on this side of the pond cares about the English Premier League.

CoolBreeze

April 19th, 2011
3:17 pm

DawginLex, you’re a hoot, and a class act ! Oracle – nice info, but be careful about UNC and UVa….those are two fine academic schools. I began noticing the difference between the Tech/UGa rivalry and the Auburn/Bama rivalry about 20 years ago, and I was concerned that the hate level in Georgia seemed to be going down. No more; I hope both schools will be top achievers in academics and sports. As they say, the biggest difference between Georgia and Alabama is Atlanta. Our cousins in Alabama have won NC’s lately, but at what cost? Who respects them?

CoolBreeze

April 19th, 2011
3:19 pm

Oh, and I think CBG knows exactly what direction he needs to take. It may require a couple of years, but look for GT to be back with the front runners in the ACC.

Winder

April 19th, 2011
4:08 pm

UGA is attracting better high school students (because of population growth & Hope), but the curriculum and school didn’t fundamentally change. With brighter kids, the level of free time has only gone up. Overall, it’s good we are keeping more of a top scoring students in state, just don’t confuse an increase in applications with an increase in the overall quality of education at UGA. Recruiters haven’t.

Jason

April 19th, 2011
4:56 pm

UGA will 4-8 in football and win no more than 11 games in basketball next year. You heard it hear first.

GT GRAD

April 19th, 2011
5:43 pm

I would love to see Josh playing B-Ball at GT!!