NCAA July Evaluation Period Came to an End

Posted: July 27, 2016 in AVC Men's Basketball, AVC Men's BB 2016-17, Coaches, Las Vegas Shootout, Recruitment

“I first saw (AVC Player) in the Las Vegas tournament last July.”   “ When I saw that he could make his own mid-range shot off the elbow if his three ball was covered, I knew he could play for us,”  University head coach.  (AVC Player) now has a full ride at his university.   Simple things that tip the scales for a player.

The July evaluation period wrapped up over the weekend as college coaches across the country descended upon several tournaments in Las Vegas and Orlando.

I attended the Elite 80 JUCO Tournament in Las Vegas this weekend and there was a huge turn out of university coaches and many of the 80 invitees got some great looks.  One thing that must be kept in mind about this type of tournament is an “Look at Me” tournament.”  By that I mean, no plays, minimal passing, lots of jacked three-balls, and thunderous dunks.

Over the 20+ years I have been following JUCO basketball, it’s clear that university coaches are looking at specific skill sets(plugging a hole)from the JUCO players they are recruiting.  Rebounding, back up point guard, three point shooter, etc, etc..  Lets be candid, there are few if any 5 star players playing at JUCO.  They are already at the university.

Finally, university coaches will be watching players from the Elite 80 Tournament.  Grades, team work, off the court life style and decisions down the line will be made. 

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