verbally at least, is Gotkin's No. 1 competitor. The bitter Dixie feud between
North Carolina and North Carolina State is carried on in miniature, but with no
less emotion, between Gotkin and Garfinkel.
Gotkin says, "You mow what he did? He sent a letter to Frank McGuire
telling him that I was no good. Frank didn't even read the letter. He just
threw it away."
Garfinkel says, "You know what he did? He sent a letter to Everett Case
telling him that I was no good. Case didn't even read the letter. He just threw
The rationale for
Garfinkel's involvement is somewhat obscure. He claims no personal friendship
with Case, the North Carolina State coach. He spent his college years far from
Raleigh at Syracuse University, which Garfinkel says he attended on a baseball
scholarship, graduating in 1951.
Like most of the
talent hunters, Garfinkel claims no basketball proficiency, out derives
vicarious pleasure from feats of his prot�g�s. He lives by himself in what he
describes as "the worst apartment" in New York, but he prefers to
discuss recruiting in his parents' impressive Park Avenue suite. Two original
paintings hang on one wall, a gigantic color television set nestles comfortably
in a corner, a bar backed by a picture mirror extends across one full side of
the living room, a Sophie Tucker record album reclines casually on the bar—all
a far cry from the outmoded gyms, concrete playgrounds and high school
youngsters in dungarees.
"I scout for
N.C. State," Garfinkel confides, "but I don't get paid for it. Far as I
know, Gotkin's the only scout who gets paid. I don't know why the hell anyone
"I work for my
father's garment company and I spend my own money to scout kids. You must think
I'm crazy. I'd think anybody else would be crazy to do it. That's why I don't
live at home. My parents can't understand this racket."
Garfinkel picked out one boy as his prize prospect—a youngster named York
Larese. Garfinkel watched over Larese like an expectant hen; he catered to the
boy's every whim. This year Larese is rated a top college freshman player—for
McGuire at North Carolina.
anything I can," Garfinkel says acidly, "to get even with the Carolina
Spook Stegmann is
usually at odds with Gotkin too. Stegmann is the only talent hunter who admits
frankly that he is looking for financial rewards. "Why not?" he asks.
"I spend a little. I get good players for lots of schools. Naturally, I