Tom Konchalski typed his reports on young basketball players on this typewriter from his notes ... kept on legal blocks yellow. Barry Rohrssen
Coach K recalled how varsity coaches would approach Konchalski during games at the famous five-star basketball camp in order to get his perspective on the players, but Tom was not "looking at you" because he was focused on watching the players.
"Most popular guy in the gym," said Coach K. "If it was a dance, his dance card would be full.
Adds Calipari: "Before taking a child, you went to see Tom and told him. Tell me what you think. Tell me what vou think of this child. "
" Tom 's assessment was to help the young man but also to make sure he was going where he belonged, but also where he could succeed and help the young man. 'coach. ”
Konchalski was a devout Catholic who often asked his driver to drop him off at church during the Peach Jam or other basketball event (I have done this several times).
"I always thought he would be an infernal priest," said Coach K. "And reading about it, that's what he was.
Krzyzewski said it would be nearly impossible to count the number of players that Konchalski has helped over the years by matching them with the right college level for a scholarship. you add up all the scholarship dollars he's tallied up, it might be impossible to count them.
"He's literally hit thousands and thousands of guys," Coach K said . "Young men, trainedeurs, parents. He made sure that people were made aware of all children's performance levels.
"Imagine how much scholarship money he was able to earn for people through his screening report. Unbelievable. And you, when you start to put together such numbers, sometimes it is difficult to quantify the importance of a person. With him, it’s impossible. It’s absolutely amazing. "