P.J. Carlesimo

P.J. Carlesimo is a college basketball analyst for Westwood One and has covered the NCAA Tournament for the network since 2009. He served as an analyst at the 2012 London Olympic Games and returns in the same capacity for Rio 2016.

Carlesimo served as an assistant coach for USA Basketball for the gold-medal winning team at the 1992 Olympic Games, the 1990 World Championships, the 1990 Goodwill Games and the 1988 Olympic Trials.

Carlesimo also covers the NBA extensively for ESPN and ESPN Radio. He served as an NBA head coach in Portland (1994-97), Golden State (1996-2000), Seattle/Oklahoma City (2007-09) and Brooklyn (2012-13). He was also an assistant coach for the Toronto Raptors (2010-11) and the San Antonio Spurs (2002-2007).

Carlesimo began his coaching career as an assistant at Fordham University in 1971, before being named head coach at New Hampshire College for one season (1975-76). He then spent six seasons(1976-82) as the head coach at Wagner College, and led the Seahawks to their first NIT appearance. In 1982, Carlesimo was named head coach at Seton Hall University, a position he held for 12 years. In 1987-88, he guided Seton Hall into the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. His teams qualified for the NCAA Tournament in six of his final seven years. He was named NCAA Coach of the Year in 1989 after registering a 31-7 mark, and advancing to the NCAA Championship Game. In addition, he was named Big East Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989.

Between coaching stints, Carlesimo was also an NBA broadcaster for NBC Sports, Turner Sports and Spurs Television.

P.J. Carlesimo's Posts

College Basketball Highlights: Oregon takes down Washington

04 January 2017 Comments are off for this post.
SEATTLE – Tyler Dorsey hit eight three-pointers as Oregon cruised to an 83-61 win over Washington on Wednesday night. Dorsey finished with 28 points. Jordan Bell added 10 points and 11 rebounds. Spero Dedes and P.J. Carlesimo called the…
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South Regional Final: Villanova tops Kansas to advance to Final Four

27 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
LOUISVILLE, KY – For the first time since 2009, the Villanova Wildcats are headed to the Final Four courtesy of a hard-fought 64-59 win over top-seeded Kansas on Saturday night. Kris Jenkins, Ryan Arcidiacono and Josh Hart shared the load with 13 points apiece. The Jayhawks were led by Devonte Graham’s…
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Interview: Villanova Coach Jay Wright on Kansas matchup

26 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
LOUISVILLE, KY – Villanova head coach Jay Wright knows what it means to the Wildcat fans and program to have “Rollie” Massimino–former coach of the 1985 ‘Nova champion team–sitting behind his bench.  He also knows how fortunate he has been to have his team playing this hot on both ends of…
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Interview: Kansas Head Coach Bill Self on facing a gritty ‘Nova team

26 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
LOUISVILLE, KY – Kansas head coach Bill Self knows how hard Jay Wright gets his Wildcats team to play for every game, but this Villanova team might also be the hottest offensive force in the tournament, going into the Elite Eight.  Guarding the perimeter is going to be key for the…
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Louisville Preview: Kansas and ‘Nova set to battle for a Final Four berth

26 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
LOUISVILLE, KY – The South Regional will culminate with chalk this weekend, but the Wildcats will try their best to prevent “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk” from getting chanted by the blue- and red-clad faithful, as second-seeded Villanova is set to take on top-seeded Kansas Saturday night with a spot in the Final Four on the…
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NCAA South Regional Highlights: No. 1-seed Kansas stymies Terrapins

25 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
LOUISVILLE – Perry Ellis shot 10-of-17 and scored 27 points to drive Kansas past Maryland, 79-63, in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen at KFC Yum! Center. Wayne Selden added 19 points for the Jayhawks, and Landen Lucas contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds as KU advanced to meet Villanova in Saturday’s…
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NCAA South Regional Highlights: High-octane Wildcats race past Miami

24 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
LOUISVILLE – Ryan Arcidiacono and Kris Jenkins each scored 21 points to pace No. 2-seed Villanova to a wire-to-wire, 92-69 win over Miami in a South Regional semifinal at KFC Yum! Center. The Wildcats advance to Saturday’s regional final against either Kansas or Maryland. A balanced Wildcats offense placed four…
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Louisville Preview: Miami-Villanova and Kansas-Maryland in the South

24 March 2016 Comments are off for this post.
LOUISVILLE, KY – After a crazy day of upsets last Friday, things largely returned to normal over the weekend as most of the top seeds made it through to the Sweet 16. In Louisville, four of the five top seeds will be on hand as fifth-seeded Maryland takes on #1 seed…
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