They have a couple of pros, and their coach is the real deal." Brey was talking about Speedy Claxton and Norman Richardson, and their young coach, Jay Wright. I started watching Hofstra, and I was drawn to Wright.
The next season, after Claxton had graduated, Hofstra made the NCAA tournament and played UCLA in Greensboro, North Carolina. I took a busman's holiday and went to watch Wright up close, from courtside.
Of course, that hardly made us Nostradamus. Jay Wright represented the very best the coaching profession had to offer.