At least five ACC head coaches – Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, North Carolina’s Roy Williams, Virginia’s Tony Bennett, Florida State’s Leonard Hamilton and Maryland’s Mark Turgeon – have evaluated talent at Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League event the past two days in Hampton. Other conference teams dispatched assistants.
The Tar Heels went full-court press with Williams and aides Steve Robinson and C.B. McGrath. Assistant Jason Williford accompanied Bennett, as did Stan Jones with Hamilton, Chris Collins with Krzyzewski.
Virginia Tech’s sole representative was John Janovsky, who wore his Hokies garb proudly.
Janovsky has never coached at the Division I level, but he appeared more than comfortable after his battlefield promotion in the wake of Seth Greenberg’s firing.
Prior to Greenberg’s exit, assistant coaches Rob Ehsan, James Johnson and John Richardson, plus operations director Jeff Wulbrun, resigned. That left Janovsky, a former assistant at Division II Indiana of Pennsylvania with myriad Division I contacts.
Janovsky spent this past season as Tech’s video coordinator. When Wulbrun left for an assistant’s job at Alabama-Birmingham, Greenberg promoted Janovsky to the operations gig.
With no coaches on staff to travel during this month’s evaluation window, Janovsky passed the required NCAA recruiting test and headed to last weekend’s EYBL session in Minneapolis, plus Washington-area high schools Paul VI and Sidwell Friends.
Continuing a long-standing Hokies’ recruitment, Janovsky watched all of Hampton High guard Anthony Barber’s games with the Boo Williams team. He also reunited with friends such as Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon and Marshall’s Tom Herrion.
A Syracuse-area product, Janovsky graduated from Pitt in 2004. He didn’t make the Panthers as a walk-on but worked all four years as a manger, three for coach Ben Howland, one for Dixon.
Janovsky then started the nomadic trek most coaches endure. He worked as an assistant at Division III St. Lawrence University in New York and Indiana (Pa.) before serving a graduate assistant to Herrion at Marshall and an operations coordinator at Duquense for Virginia Tech graduate Ron Everhart.
Janovsky politely declined an interview request Saturday, but it’s clear his work here is two-fold: Provide recruiting notes for the next staff, while networking in case he needs a new job.
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