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Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 at 12:09 am  |  10 responses

New York Magazine Profiles Tom Konchalski

by Ben Osborne

If you’ve played, watched or written about high school basketball in the New York area, you know Tom Konchalski, writer of the HSBI Report for college coaches.

As friendly a man as you’ll ever meet, Konchalski always treats me and my SLAM colleagues with complete respect, typically remembering our names since he is a complete genius in that regard.

New York Magazine skillfully turns its attention to Konchalski in this week’s issue, with writer Jason Zengerle painting the picture of a man who has resisted all forms of technology yet remains one of the best talent scouts in the country, all while remaining above the fray of “scouts” who have alterior motives.

You can and should read the entire story here, but if you’re too lazy for that, this paragraph gets to the crux of the matter with Konchalski:

Indeed, Konchalski is the rare figure in the world of big-time high-school hoops whose integrity remains unimpeachable. “If you’ve ever been around those summer camps, you walk in and out and you feel like you need to shower for three days,” says sportswriter John Feinstein. “But that’s not Tom. He’s the last honest man in the gym. He’ll tell you exactly what he thinks about a player. He’s not in it to try to get to know players and broker them to a school. He’s just trying to evaluate kids and give them honest marks.”

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  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Ed Cota .

  • The Philosopher

    Shout out to Felipe Lopez.

  • http://www.twitter.com/rodgerbohn Rodger Bohn

    Great read. Had the chance to talk with Tom a few times myself. In a day and age where everyone is sticking a tape recorder in a 15 year old’s face to hear his latest list, he def has an old school approach and just does his thing…

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Matt Lawyue

    A link to a nymag piece early in the morning? Nice. Just saw this issue on stands, might have to pick it up. Thanks for the find Ben.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Matt, the issue also has a Madoff-behind-bars feature. Good stuff all around.

  • ol ricky rhodes

    Shout out to Winfred Walton

  • Homie

    Great read.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Franklyn Calle

    Good stuff! Remembering names and faces is most definitely what amazes me the most about him. He still remembers me from my sophomore yr in HS. And I was in JV not varsity! Says hi everytime we’re in the same gym. As classy & honest as you’ll find in the hs circuit.

  • http://illinoishsbasketball.com Daniel Poneman

    Tom is incredible. So many of the older scouting guys resent and disrespect the new age web scouting dudes, but Tom could not be nicer to everyone he encounters. A man that is just filled up with love from head to toe. Always remembers my name, shakes my hand, and looks me in the eye. So much respect for Tom, so much.

  • http://illinoishsbasketball.com Daniel Poneman

    Tom is incredible. So many of the older scouting guys resent and disrespect the new age web scouting dudes, but Tom could not be nicer to everyone he encounters. A man that is just filled up with love from head to toe. Always remembers my name, shakes my hand, and looks me in the eye. So much respect for Tom, so much.

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