2011’s Brad Stevens? Shaka Smart

One of the greatest stories of the tournament, without a doubt is Virginia Commonwealth and head coach Shaka Smart.

Smart has appeared to be the positive influence driving this team, and rightfully so. He seems young, poised, educated and passionate. Everyone has noticed and everyone is on the Shaka Smart train.

He has his team playing in the Final Four for the first time in the school’s history and there is already speculation about where he’ll end up at season’s end.

VCU has become a school that churns out coaches in a frenzied fashion. Jeff Capel (ex-Oklahmoma) and Anthony Grant (Alabama) have been the last two head coaches and turned into the young guns of the coaching game, each garnering bigger conference jobs after successful runs with VCU.

There is no doubt Smart is next, but where will he go?

His options will be limited because there aren’t any big name schools searching for coaches with the exception of Purdue. You never know, he may not only be the tournament’s Brad Stevens of 2011, but he could also be the post-seasons’s Brad Stevens, turning down big dollars from a bigger program to stay where he is and keep his good thing going.

Here is a great article from the AP addressing Smart’s success.