RecruitLook Hoops : 2020 Rewind
2020 was a strange year. A year that was altered by COVID-19; however, we still managed to host some really good events that attracted hundreds of college coaches from every division level.
We had over 100 teams lined up for year 3 of the RecruitLook Hoops League, and we fully anticipate 2021 being similar with all the buzz around our events.
We hired Coach Tim Fuller, a former high major D1 coach. Coach Fuller is our Lead Talent Evaluator and attends all our events. We provide a more complete recruiting and eval for college coaches than other circuits in the marketplace. Our NCAA Compliant Scouting Service is growing exponentially with the addition of new colleges each month.
COVID-19 made it more difficult for college coaches to get out and evaluate the talent first-hand.
“All my guys benefited from playing with RecruitLook Hoops in what was one of the worst viewing periods we’ve seen from a grassroots standpoint with the NCAA rules and limited visibility. All our guys have new interest and most have received offers.” -BG Regins, Pure Prep Director on playing in RecruitLook Hoops
Following the RecruitLook Hoops League is the prestigious Larry Hughes Elite Camp. We were not able to host the camp in 2020 due to travel and gathering restrictions in St. Louis — but the camp will be set again for 2021.
Top-level talent deserves top-level exposure. RecruitLook Hoops went beyond just running quality events. Recruiting exposure, recruiting coverage, and media content is one of the important elements incorporated in the League. All content is distributed to our college coach database, with college coach subscribers getting exclusive content of players and teams.
“Maximizing the players exposure to college coaches is always a focal point for us,” 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 and recruiting articles.”
As you’ll see, the media content is highlighted throughout each event and the overall context of what RecruitLook Hoops strives to present.
RecruitLook Hoops Sunflower Showcase
The Sunflower Showcase is the longest-running boys AAU basketball tournament in the Midwest. Entering the 20th year of the prestigious event, AAU teams from all over the country will be in attendance. Each year, some of the top talents will be on display for the Sunflower Showcase. Numerous NBA players have played in this event, to name a few: Jayson Tatum, Blake Griffin, Derrick Rose, Collin Sexton, Bradley Beal, John Collins, Landry Shamet.
RecruitLook Hoops Iowa Showcase
Eighty teams from around the Midwest came to Ames, Iowa for our Iowa Showcase. We had a great showing of elite talent with several players picking up scholarship offers immediately following the tournament.
2022 Baker Beal has a grown-man game to him. Bullies his way to the basket and finishes with authority. Can step out and hit the 3. Definitely a player that will be trending 📈. @IA_Barnstormers @bakesss12 @CoachJamieP #RLHoops pic.twitter.com/Z1Pt0zRSTf
— RecruitLook Hoops (@RL_Hoops) September 9, 2020
RecruitLook Hoops Omaha Showcase
One hundred teams made their way to Omaha, Nebraska for our Omaha Showcase event. There were five-star recruits all the way down to the sleeper recruits — and tons of offers were received. Games were competitive as top independents were trying to prove they belonged with the shoe sponsored teams.
RecruitLook Hoops' Larry Hughes Elite Camp
RecruitLook Hoops was proud to present the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. 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 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 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 featured wearable technology that tracked everything that the athletes did on the court. Campers wear the device, and the Kinexon platform takes over from there — providing valuable data that will give college coaches a better idea of what athletes can do on the court.
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 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.
In-Game Video Highlights : our media team is filming games, editing clips, and pushing out highlight videos during the event for more exposure.
Team Pics : our media team took pictures of all the teams that competed in RecruitLook Hoops events that were available for download and print.
Recruiting Coverage : our team of Scouts are at each event, scouting and evaluating the talent, then sending the information off to our extensive database of college coaches.
ATTN: College Coaches — Scouting Report
⛹️♂️ Mason Hanback
🏫 East High School (TN)
Mason has a ton of potential with his ability to step out & shoot the 3. Moves well & has good footwork for his size.
— RecruitLook Hoops (@RL_Hoops) August 15, 2019
RecruitLook Hoops Past News
2019 Event Highlights
The 2019 RecruitLook Hoops League was loaded with talent yet again. Hundreds of college coaches came out to watch the players.
The League featured 5-star players down to the unknowns looking for more recruiting exposure. We traveled to Omaha, Kansas City, and Atlanta.
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.