Great article from Dave Lomonico of PressBox! It's all about the assistants: "the Silent Sniper, the Mercurial Maven and the Flamboyant Finisher." You have to read to figure out who is who.
A few clips:
In many ways, Hill is more counselor than car salesman. During one phone conversation, he might give a prospect advice on a family problem. The next, he'll talk about studying for a tough history test. Sometimes he'll give instruction on footwork and shot selection. The point is, Hill never touches on the same subject twice, always trying to offer something different, always keeping the topics interesting.
"So this kid calls Bino and Bino is so happy he stands up and starts doing jumping jacks and running around the office," Hill said, "Coach Spinelli and I were just rolling on the ground laughing, dying. We were like, 'Look at this guy -- he's excited just to get a phone call.' "
One person who has been on Ranson's tree since his prep schools days is Scott Spinelli, who coached him at Milford Academy in New York. Ranson vividly recalls a motivational tactic Spinelli used before a major tournament game at Fork Union in Virginia. Right before they took the floor, the energetic coach pulled out a roll of athletic tape and had all the players wrap both of their wrists like boxers bound for a heavyweight bout. When they were finished, Spinelli taped his wrists, too.
"He's wearing this nice long-sleeve shirt and he's taping his wrists up," Ranson said. "It's the warrior mentality. He really gets after it. The passion has always been there."