What’s There Not To Like About Doug Bruno?

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One of the best things about Big East media day is having the chance to spend some time with DePaul coach Doug Bruno, without question one of the nicest people I personally know in the game.

He is without apparent ego; for a coach as accomplished and respected as he, that is remarkable. He is self-effacing, humorous, honest, insightful and he always – and I mean, always – wears a dress shirt with the name of his favorite designer on it – DePAUL University.

If USA Basketball is looking for its next Olympic coach – and I know it is – I would suggest it look no further than Doug. He has worked with the elite players since many of them were 17. And he deserves the chance. If he wants the job,  please give it to him.

Anyway, he displayed his patience again Thursday by answering many questions about UConn and Geno Auriemma, whom he assisted for the last four years on the 2010 World Championship team and the 2012 Olympic team.

The harsh reality of Big East women’s media day is  most of the conventional print and broadcast media is there to write and talk about UConn, always has been, always will be.

I saw only one writer from a non-Eastern media outlet at the function, and he was from Louisville. Doug seems to understand this, even though one of the players by his side, Anna Martin, led the conference in scoring last season.

“Do I see anyone beating UConn this season? If everything goes to form? No,” Bruno said. “I think UConn is that good, and that’s before you even mention the freshmen.

“Listen, to me Kelly Faris [who did not make the Big East’s preseason team] is one of the top five players in the league. I vote her that way every chance I get. That [player] is a professional. And she gets no recognition and she is really good. … Stefanie Dolson is a pro. Bria Hartley is one of the Top 10 players in America. And Mosqueda-Lewis is really good, too.

“But this is a special freshman class. I think it has a couple Hall of Famers in it. I’m just telling it like it is. Look, for UConn, last year may have been considered a bit of a down year [33-5, Big East Tournament title, national semifinals]. But those kids all got great experience.

“Now Geno is understanding what we’ve all known in Chicago, that Morgan Tuck is really, really special. This is a player that I feel is a combination of Nykesha Sales and Jamelle Elliott. She is a throwback, a really, really good basketball player.”

Thank you, Doug.


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7 thoughts on “What’s There Not To Like About Doug Bruno?

  1. Andy Panda

    In the few all-star games that I have seen, Tuck gave a very good account of her self. The talent is there,but, how well will she adapt to Geno A’s style of play? That is a question for Tuck and the other freshmen as well. Here’s hoping hey make the transition to Div. 1 ball very quickly!

  2. MaryAnne Hartley

    John–I like everything about Bruno, except he uses orange “gravy” on his pasta. Everything he’s said, ever, everything he’s done proves he is a PRo and a super nice guy. Ms Martin is the real deal, and he needs tout her up with the press, she doesn’t get her share.
    But his bit on Kelly FARIS is right on in every way. I liked him before that, now I love him. Kelly Faris is a PRO as is Dolson and KML. But mark my words TUCK will be one before the year is out.

  3. mark

    thank’s for the kind word’s mr. bruno. i persoalyy. am a morisha jefferson fan. what a little sparkplug. with hes blinding speed to break down any defense throw at the huskies this year. iis such a major bonus for geno. talk about great all star games/ jefferson. mark my words. especially off the bench. people are saying wer’e losing some recruits! maybe? but the college game has gotten so much biger,tha it was ten years ago. kids! instead of oin to uconn,tennessee. want to beat these teams. especially the way their portraid on television. everything uconn,temmessee. get’s to a point psychologically! they want to be the ones to beat them. it’s like playing against the yankee’s in baseball. got get em huskies! smell a final four. hopefully! with better results. god bless. husky nation.

  4. Walterlinesjr

    doug bruno is a cool nice guya nd honesta nd a class act ive met him a coupld of times and hes a good caoch 2 thanks doug takecare all gouconn

  5. Palimpsest

    Geno as an Oligopoly in basketball has made the Women’s game broader and more ubiquitous. Schools that had relegated Womens basketball to intramural or less now have programs that exude talent. Baylor and Oklahoma meet this criteria. University of Arkansas Little Rock is another example of the impact of Geno on the game.
    Do not despair, Geno’s teams will get better and bigger. This trend will drag the Vermonts, Seaton Halls and alike along albeit kicking and screaming all the way.

  6. Palimpsest

    Mark, I too am a fan of Moraih Jefferson. If all the pre recruiting hype is correct, she shall be an impact player. As you have defined.

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