In 2018, RecruitLook Hoops made a big splash in the grassroots basketball scene. The announcement of the RecruitLook Hoops League got teams buzzing about what the brand would bring to the table as far as talent, teams, and overall appeal.
A League for top independents, RecruitLook Hoops did not disappoint.
Announcing a collaborative effort with 13-year NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, was an immediate boost to the overall credibility of the League.
“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”
Fifty-five teams from across the country competed in the RL Hoops League, which consisted of 2 April Live Period events, an elite camp with Larry Hughes, and the League Finale at the Sunflower Showcase where over 140-teams competed in front of college coaches.
Top-level talent deserves top-level exposure. RecruitLook Hoops went beyond just running quality events. Recruiting exposure and media content is one of the important elements incorporated into the League this year.
“Figuring out how to get the players maximum exposure to college coaches was a main topic of discussion throughout the early stages of putting together the League,” says Jarrell Strong, Branding Director of RecruitLook Hoops. “Recruiting goes beyond the games now with social media and highlight tapes. We made it a point of emphasis to promote players through various media channels.”
As you’ll see, the media content is highlighted throughout each event and the overall context of what RecruitLook Hoops strives to present. Below is an in-depth look at the 2018 RecruitLook Hoops League.
RecruitLook Hoops Session 1
April 21-22, 2018
The first event on the RecruitLook Hoops League took place in St. Louis, Mo. The Midwest Throwdown featured 55 teams from 12 different states and Canada to kickoff League play. Games were intense as everyone had something to prove. The 2-day showcase event was packed with fans, and college coaches were onsite to evaluate the talent.
RecruitLook Hoops Session 2
April 27-29, 2018
The second stop of the April Live periods on the RecruitLook Hoops League was in Louisville, Kentucky. The same 55 teams from St. Louis came to compete to see where they would finish up in the standings. The RL Hoops League was a 2-event series with a League Finale happening during the July Live Period. Therefore, games were high-level as teams were jockeying for seed position in the bracket finale to come.
RecruitLook Hoops Invite Only Camp
July 24-25, 2018
RecruitLook Hoops was proud to present the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on July 24-25, 2018 in Kansas City. This was an invite-only camp that brought in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event featured a mixture of 50 national recruits in the 2019, 2020, and 2021 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.
The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provided athletes an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions, the camp focused on teaching valuable lessons off the court.
This camp was open to college coaches, with multiple D1, D2 & NAIA schools showing up: Arizona, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Air Force, Texas Tech, Iowa State, SMU, UMKC and others. There was media and scouting services in attendance, and RecruitLook Hoops provided media coverage, interviews, pictures, and video recaps.
The camp included: recruiting seminar, Q&A with Larry Hughes, skills and drills, player evaluations by Larry Hughes Basketball Academy, and 5-on-5 scrimmages.
The camp featured nationally ranked recruits from all classes. The #1 overall 2021 recruit, several top 100 ranked 2020 and 2019 players, and a camp list of players ranked within their respective states.
Hughes has an impressive resume having played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Bobcats, and Orlando Magic. He was drafted by Philadelphia in the 1st round of the 1998 NBA Daft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. He was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-05 NBA All-Defensive 1st Team as a member of the Wizards.
Even though now he’s mostly know as “Jayson Tatum’s Dad”, Justin Tatum is one of the top high school basketball coaches in the country. Justin played college ball at St. Louis University where he helped lead his team to a Conference Championship and NCAA tourney appearance in 2000. Since then, he’s shifted his focus to coaching, where he’s eclipsed 200 wins and 4 state title game appearances — winning twice.
RecruitLook Hoops Finale
July 26-29, 2018
The 2018 Sunflower Showcase / RecruitLook Hoops Finale!
Kansas City was the scene for the jammed-pack Sunflower Showcase that also featured the RecruitLook Hoops League Finale. The 140-team event featured teams from 21 different states and Canada. In it’s 18th season, the Sunflower Showcase has proven to be one of the top independent basketball events in the entire country. Numerous NBA-players have played in the event, with 8 draft picks in the last two years: Jayson Tatum, Colin Sexton, John Collins, Landry Shamet to name a few. Other notable alumni of the event include: Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, and Bradley Beal.
This year the RecruitLook Hoops Finale will run in-conjunction with the Sunflower Showcase. RecruitLook Hoops League featured some of the top independent AAU teams competing to be crowned the League Champion. Two early stops during the April Live Periods determined where League Teams will be seeded for the Finale Bracket.
Two big-time events happening at the same time at the same facilities!
Some of the 100+ colleges in attendance: Arizona, Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Bradley, UAB, Colorado State, Southern Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota State, Iowa State, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Nebraska-Omaha, St. Louis, UMKC, SMU, UW-Milwaukee, Kent State, Valparaiso, Drake, Southern Mississippi, UT-Martin, Mississippi State, Oral Roberts, Santa Clara, Ball State, Dayton and others.
17u : KC Pacers Blue
16u : Tennessee Tigers
15u : Jets United
RecruitLook Hoops Media & Recruiting Coverage
At RecruitLook Hoops, we feel it is vital to promote the success of teams and individuals throughout the year, especially during our events, which helps bring more recruiting exposure to all the talent we come across.
Our team was dedicated to covering events from many different angles, which we highlight below.
Player Tweets : quick way to highlight a player that has performed well. We’ll tweet before, during, and after events to promote players.
League Awards : graphics that highlight the success of individuals. All graphics shared over our various media channels.
Player Interviews : it’s important to get insights from the players and coaches — we’ll highlight the top performers and get their take on how the performed, who is recruiting them, etc.
Player Spotlights : providing a recap of a player’s body of work along with when they’ll be playing, and then promoting that through a blog posts that gets distributed to college coaches.
Team Pics : our media team took pictures of all the teams that competed in RecruitLook Hoops events that were available for download and print.
Insider Reports : quickly recapping events through a graphic to capture the attention of fans and college coaches. We followed up with college coaches with expanded content on each of the Insider Reports.
Larry Hughes x @RL_Hoops Elite Camp
Top Player Report: Jayden Stone (’20) of @Teamcarroll2020 is an extremely smooth player who can get to the rim and score from deep. Stone display’s calm demeanor on the floor but don’t get it twisted, kid is a killer w/ serious game#RLHOOPS pic.twitter.com/2ClYL7qbTC
— Hoop’s Factory (@HoopsFactoryTV) July 26, 2018
ATTN: College Coaches,
Marlon Ruffin is one of the TOP unsigned Seniors in 2018. He’ll be running with @WisconsinPGE at the Midwest Throwdown in St. Louis. All-State performer with multiple D1s in the mix. Learn more 👇https://t.co/cN4RtAj97F #RLHOOPS pic.twitter.com/I1KQGl16dZ
— RecruitLook Hoops (@RL_Hoops) April 18, 2018
RecruitLook Hoops Past News
2018 Event Highlights
140 teams from 21 different states and Canada competed in the RecruitLook Hoops’ Sunflower Showcase event. Nationally ranked recruits from all over brought in hundreds of college coaches. #1 ranked in the 2021 class, Mike Foster, proves he’s worthy of being the guy on top of the rankings.
2017 Event Highlights
150 teams from 19 different states and Canada compete in the RecruitLook Hoops’ Sunflower Showcase event. Over 200 college coaches were in attendance. Cole Anthony puts on a show!
2016 Event Highlights
Players like Jack Nunge (Iowa), Mark Smith (Illinois), James Wiseman (#1 ranked), Darius Garland (Vanderbilt), Javon Pickett (Mizzou), Zion Harmon (2021 #1 PG), Brady Manek (Oklahoma) and others were at RecruitLook Hoops Events.
2015 Event Highlights
Tons of talent again in 2015 with the likes of Colin Sextion (Alabama), Chaundee Brown (Wake Forest), Rodney Miller (Miami), Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s), Al Durham (Indiana), Malik William (Clemson) and others were at RecruitLook Hoops Events.
2014 Event Highlights
Highlighting the Sunflower Showcase was 5-star Allonzo Trier of Athlete’s First. Trier was unanimously named D1 Circuit’s MVP of the NIKE EYBL. Trier lead Nike’s EYBL circuit at a whopping 29.4 ppg, and is the all-time leading points scorer for the league.