According to Lawrence Westbrook's
head coach at the
"I've talked to the new staff as
long as with Mr. Westbrook (
Notably, Byrnes also coached
Curtis Stinson at the
Westbrook's top draw to
"Now there's a situation where he can step in and earn those minutes but he has the opportunity to step in. There are a lot of minutes available for guards. He now has the opportunity to step in and fight for those minutes," said Byrnes.
A lot has been said about the relationship between Wayne Morgan and his players since the firing. That wasn't necessarily the case with Westbrook. Westbrook was closer to assistant coach Damon Archibald who did the majority of recruiting in Westbrook's case.
"Coach Archibald did 90% of the
Byrnes compared similarities in recruiting between Westbrook and Stinson.
"As far as the recruiting process, it was the same exact situation with Curtis. When Curtis signed, obviously he signed under Coach Eustachy, but Wayne Morgan had done 80% of the recruiting so Curtis felt comfortable," said Byrnes.
Byrnes went on to say that he didn't know much about Coach McDermott personally but he has a relationship with one of McDermott's brand new assistants, Jeff Rutter.
"I know Coach Rutter, the assistant coach. I know him just because he's been in my gym. He's tried to recruit prep school kids, I don't even know if he ever got any but he's a very nice guy who worked his tail off. I was impressed with him, impressed with his personality," said Byrnes.
Byrnes was confident that the new coaching situation was going to work out for both parties in this recruiting situation.
"They are both honoring their
commitment and both sides seem to me like they are very excited about next
year's situation. I think that all of the people in