Tom Konchalski Wiki – Tom Konchalski Bio
Tom Konchalski was a well-respected and popular high school basketball scout.
Konchalski, one of the country’s most respected high school basketball scouts and a legendary figure in the Northeast, died, according to friends.
He was 74 years old.
Tom Konchalski Died
He died Monday at age 74. He had battled metastatic cancer for the past two years, per the New York Post, and was moved into hospice care last week.
The last several days, there was an outpouring of support on social media from current and former players, coaches, reporters and scouts — basically anyone who had crossed paths with him.
RIP Tom Konchalski 🙏🏾 Glad I was able to meet you and gain some wisdom. #Legend
— Harry Giles III (@HGiiizzle) February 8, 2021
Konchalski had spent 43 years evaluating college basketball prospects and wrote and ran the High School Basketball Insider Report since 1979.
He also took over ownership of the Five-Star Basketball Camp, which has seen NBA legends including Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Dominique Wilkins, LeBron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving and more participate in the camp in their high school days.
“Tom Konchalski was a local scout, but he was a national treasure,” Barry “Slice” Rohrssen, the former Manhattan head coach and Pittsburgh, Kentucky and St. John’s assistant and a close friend of Konchalski, told The Post in a phone interview.
“He was as genuine a human being as anyone is going to meet and find in their life.”
Konchalski wrote for and ran the High School Basketball Insider (HSBI) Report since 1979 and took over ownership of it from Five-Star Basketball Camp founder Howard Garfinkel in 1984.
Konchalski, who retired last May as his health declined, learned the game from Garfinkel and legendary Molloy coach Jack Curran.
He was nicknamed “The Glider” because of how he moved in and out of gyms without trying to call attention to himself.
Konchalski usually sat in the top row to take detailed notes on a yellow legal pad in his famous chicken-scratch handwriting.
His photographic memory allowed him to describe prospects he’d seen — from Division I-caliber to Division III — with both his famous catchphrases (“he scores as we breathe”) and a nuanced breakdown of a player’s footwork or shooting form.
Former NBA star Jamal Mashburn, Konchalski wrote in the HBCI that Mashburn had “the body of a blacksmith and the touch of a surgeon.”
Man this is so tough! Rest In Peace to a basketball legend!! Did so much for the game! I remember playing AAU and anytime you saw Tom in the gym you knew you had to go out there and do something special!! RIP TOM!! 🙏🏾 https://t.co/UfMPo5UcXU
— Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) February 8, 2021
Future All-NBA guards Penny Hardaway, he said: “deals like Trump, dishes like Julia Child and delivers like Domino’s.” He also once said of Kenny Anderson’s college prospects: “Only the Father, Son and Holy Ghost are ahead of him.”