at home with his wife, lounging on the couch watching Auburn play North
Carolina in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament last week, Nick
Barosh perked up.
had a vested interest in the game, having coached Auburn junior guard J’Von
McCormick from 2012-13 to 2015-16 at Mayde Creek High. And he saw McCormick, in
his first season as a Tiger after two years at Lee Junior College, about to do what
J’Von McCormick does.
playing in the SEC is a huge accomplishment in itself,” said Barosh, now at
Seven Lakes Junior High. “But the other night is when it really, really hit me,
when he went end-to-end for a layup at the end of the first half against North Carolina.
I told my wife, ‘This is J’Von’s specialty. This is J’Von.’ He goes full court
and does these types of things. It went viral on social media, but it was
“In my opinion, he’s the fastest guard in the country.”
wrapping up a brief stint as a graduate assistant coach at NCAA Division III
Lake Erie College in 2005, Brian Burg did not know where the next chapter of
his career would be written.
he knew was he wanted to be a college basketball coach.
for 29 straight days, the Katy native wrote letters to then-Texas Tech head
coach Bob Knight and then-assistant Chris Beard. Burg met Beard as a 13-year-old
when Beard coached summer camps at the University of Texas in Austin. Burg had
since followed Beard’s career because of his “obvious passion and ability to
communicate with young people.”
single possession, in a summer camp, you could see his drive and passion,” Burg
On the 29th day, Burg finally received a call from Beard.