PODCAST: Paul Biancardi, ESPN National Director of Boys HS Basketball

 

Each week in the “Pick & Pop” series of the PSB Podcast, PSB co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, discuss and debate a relevant topic in their world of youth basketball.

For this episode though, Brendan talks with guest, Paul Biancardi, a former 20+ year college coach as well as current ESPN National Director of Boy’s High School Basketball.

In his current role with ESPN, Coach Biancardi’s job is to rank, grade, and evaluate the nation’s top talent, so he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the podcast.

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PODCAST: How New NCAA Basketball Recruiting Rules Will Affect Youth Basketball

Each week in the “Pick & Pop” series of the PSB podcast, PSB co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, discuss and debate a relevant topic in their world of youth basketball.

In this episode, however, Brendan talks with a guest, Sim Frazier, about the new NCAA basketball recruiting rules and how they’ll impact youth basketball. There has been a lot written about the college basketball recruiting rules changes, including a recent article with college coaches saying they don’t like the new rules, but Brendan and Sim try to distill it down into understandable topics.

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PSB PODCAST: Youth Basketball Organization Best Practices – Pick & Pop Series

Each week in the “Pick & Pop” series of the PSB podcast, PSB co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, discuss and debate a relevant topic in their world of youth basketball.

The hope for this youth basketball podcast episode is that other coaches and youth basketball organizations might take some of these practices and find success with them in their own teams and clubs.

Last week, we had a guest host, Meghan Winters, on the podcast to talk about girl’s and women’s basketball.

For this episode, Logan and Brendan discuss some of the best practices of Pro Skills Basketball because Brendan is going out to Las Vegas in July to give a breakout presentation on this topic at the USA Basketball Youth Coach Academy.

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PSB PODCAST: Andy Panko – Hoop for Thought Series

Every year thousands of high school players set out on the summer recruiting circuit in hopes of fulfilling their dreams of playing DI.

But what happens when the summer ends and none of those DI schools have come calling?

What do you do when the only schools that want you are at the DIII level?

Andy Panko D3 basketball player

This was the situation facing Andy Panko in the late 1990’s. His decision put him on a path that few expected.

Andy was an undersized, skinny high school player. Like everyone else, he had dreams of playing for a power conference DI school and moving on to the NBA.

But at the end of his high school career, it was clear that the DI schools weren’t coming after him.

Andy wanted to go somewhere where he would play and play right away, so he enrolled at Lebanon Valley College…and the rest is history.

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PSB PODCAST: Women’s Basketball – Pick & Pop Series

Each week in the “Pick & Pop” series of the PSB podcast, PSB co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, discuss and debate a relevant topic in their world of youth basketball.

This week, though, is a bit different than last week’s discussion about youth sports refs as we have a guest host in place of Logan. This week’s guest is Brendan’s sister, Meghan, who was a DI women’s basketball player and coach.

 

PSB PODCAST | Women's Basketball | Pick & Pop SeriesMeghan grew up mostly in the California Bay Area and Denver, CO. She went on to play D1 women’s college basketball at Gonzaga.

Afterward, Meghan ended up as a graduate assistant for the University of Oregon’s women’s basketball team.

After two years, she moved on to take the Director of Operations assistant coaching position with the women’s basketball team at DI Grand Canyon University.

She recently accepted a new position outside of women’s basketball in the marketing department at Grand Canyon.

In this episode, Brendan and Meghan discuss her career in basketball as a player and coach as well as some general topics about girls and women’s basketball.

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