- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. Michigan coach John Beilein is an assistant for the first time in his life and loving every second. Beilein, who flew back from USA basketball's training center in Colorado Springs to the NBA draft in Brooklyn last Thursday to be with No. 9 overall selection and national player of the year Trey Burke, is a member of the USA's World University Games staff. Davidson coach Bob McKillop is the head coach with South Carolina's Frank Martin the other assistant. The WUG team left Monday from DC en route to Russia where the games will begin next week. "I am really enjoying the experience of sharing ideas with Bob McKillop and Frank Martin,'' said Beilein. "Plenty of new concepts to consider.'' Beilein reiterated that you can never stop learning. Beilein has had a remarkable coaching run but at every stop at all levels of basketball he has never been an assistant -- until now.
2. Miami coach Jim Larranaga said he has his fingers crossed in hoping his son Jay gets the Boston Celtics head coaching job. If that occurs, and there is a chance, it would be quite a remarkable event to have a father-son combo coaching in major college basketball and the NBA. And there's no way anyone would have guessed it would be with the father coaching in college and the son in the NBA. The father-son combo of note in college basketball right now is Rick Pitino (Louisville) and Richard Pitino (Minnesota). But this Larranaga item would be even more unique based on how low the odds were of this even being considered at some point. Jay Larranaga has had a successful stint with the Celtics organization this past season. He was very impressive in running the Celtics NBA draft workouts, as witnessed in early June. He had a command of the material, was energetic, taught drills and plays easily and was engaging.
3. The World University Games is providing a feed for ESPNU and that's why the games are on television later this month. WUG is making the project cost-effective. FIBA should take a cue from the World University Games event. The FIBA World Championships in the 19- and 18-under events have traditionally involved high-level players from the United States and abroad (last year's 18-and-under event was in Brazil and this year's 19-and-under is currently going on in the Czech Republic). These tournaments are the precursor to the World Championships and the Olympics. FIBA would be wise to help get these games on television in the United States to continue to grow the FIBA brand and create more of an awareness in the States. Americans would have interest in following names they know and others they will in the future. A fail by FIBA, but a big win for WUG.