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Throwback Thursday: A previously unpublished essay.

It is "Throwback Thursday!" once more on the site.

Let's open with some backstory...

When Scott Cacciola interviewed me last December for a Wall Street Journal piece on first year head coach Mitch Henderson, he reminded me that 10 years previous he had sent a six page essay my way on Princeton basketball that he wrote while in graduate school at Columbia.

I had only a vague recollection of this, so I was delighted when a hard copy turned up during this summer's mammoth garage/basement reorganization project. I checked with Scott and he said I could run it - though I neglected to mention Pete Carril's name is misspelled throughout...

All kidding aside this is an interesting, previously unpublished look at Princeton basketball in the early aughts using interviews with John Thompson III, Jamie Mastaglio, Gabe Lewullis, Mitch Henderson and others to drive the narrative.

Thanks for letting me share this, Scott!

Stuart Schulman said,

October 18, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

Thanks Jon, this was a great read.

I was always disappointed that Tommy McLaughlin was never able to make it due to the injuries. I worked with his uncle (who was also a friend of Howard Levy's dad Sid), so I had an extra rooting interest.

Jon Solomon said,

October 18, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

McLaughlin was such a strange situation. Didn't he transfer to William & Mary, only to realize he had made a terrible mistake and return to Princeton never to play again as by this point Thompson had left for Georgetown?

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