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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Barry Rohrssen
Rick Barnes hadn't even seen Kevin Durant play when Texas offered the high school sophomore a scholarship. The offer actually came from an excited assistant coach.
A lot of nicknames garner instant attention in college basketball. There's Coach K. Magic was in college before the NBA. Don't forget The General, the Vs, Dickie and Jimmy, and Pistol Pete.
Manhattan College has hired Louisville assistant Steve Masiello as its men's basketball coach.
Rohrssen, who later spent five years as head coach at Manhattan, said a good assistant serves as "the bridge" between a recruit and a head coach.
"A head coach, like everyone else, only has X amount of hours in the day," said Barry Rohrssen, a well-regarded recruiter in seven years as an assistant under Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon at Pittsburgh. "It's the role and responsibility of a good assistant coach to always be a step ahead and leading their head coach to the next great and best available player."