Leigh Alan Klein

Parent, journalist, adjunct professor, host-That Bracket Show on SB Nation Radio and former Five-Star Camp CEO. Principal of Klein Sports and Education Consulting. Current clients include; The Highlands Current, Kinexon Sports, Krossover, and the Stem Achievement Foundation. Current member of the USA Basketball Working Group on Youth Development Member: USA Basketball Writers Association, AIPS, AP Sports Editors, NABC and Society of Professional Journalists

  • Events
    He was standing behind the bench in a Black Soul Cycle Shirt…

    We were in Basketball City, New York City with 6 courts of high-intensity action going on.  It was Under Armour’s UAA circuit, sponsored teams, recruited players – competing under the watchful eye of some of the nation’s top college coaches.  Dozens and dozens of college coaches came through every day, in total...

  • Challenges
    We Are All Paying the Price For Coaching Changes

    Word has just come in, Coach Jack Perri from Long Island University has been fired. I don’t know Coach Perri AT ALL, never met him, never spoke on the phone. His team won 20 games this year, their last 6 in conference play before losing by one point at home in the...

  • Events
    The Ten Commandments of the Underdog

    During a three-year stretch, I tried on the slipper as part of a team living the role of Cinderella.  Three consecutive years as a double-digit seed in the NCAA tournament with uniquely different teams that found ways to advance.  Why were we successful and what commonalities did other successful underdogs have? Is there...

  • Issues & Items
    The Undefeated Season That Wasn’t…

    The D2 Junior College National Tournament invites 16 teams throughout the country of 118 teams.  Returning to the National Tournament is South Suburban College out of South Holland, Illinois.  South Suburban College lost in the National semi-finals to Triton 82-77 last season.  It was the 7th trip to Nationals in 10 years,...

  • Challenges
    Search Firm Accountability is Needed

    This week the dominos have started to fall as several coaches in both men’s and women’s basketball have been asked to step down. Change of leadership is something we see everywhere and it could be a good thing for an organization and even for the disposed leader. This happens for several reasons...

  • Challenges
    Baylor University Needs Scott Drew

    Coming off the heels of what may the worse run of publicity a modern University has encountered through its sports program, Baylor Men’s Basketball continues to win on and off the court – quietly. Despite the reports of 52 rapes by Baylor football players in a four-year period, a University-wide cover-up that...

  • Events
    College Basketball’s Untold Story – Too Many Empty Seats

    There are many great story lines to follow with men’s college basketball this year. There is a wide open field with nearly a dozen teams with a realistic chance to cut the nets down in Arizona April 3rd. Scoring is up, the pace of play is quicker, the game has a great...

  • Events
    Briarcliff Outlasts Haldane 66-61

    The Bears advance to 11-1 but Haldane looks ready to make a run through the New York State C playoffs.  Briarcliff suited up only 8 and struggled with the frantic pace Haldane pushed.  Ultimately, Briarcliff’s ability to rebound the basketball and score on the interior proved to be the difference. Haldane was...

  • Events
    Sphere of Influence Continues…All American Votes Often For Barter In Exchange For Appearances

    Last night, the McDonald’s All-American Committee announced their rosters for the 2017 McDonald’s All American Boys and Girls games and predictably the announcement was met with a flurry of criticism regarding the omissions to the rosters. Dinos Trigonis, well respected west-coast club program operator and owner of the Pangos All-American Camp noted...