Adam Masten – Oregon State University Guard
Meet the Max Hoops Team
Playing college basketball is a dream for many young players across the country, and only a select group get to live out that dream. Adam Masten (Oregon State University) and Brant Minor (University of Portland) were fortunate enough to see that dream become a reality. However, they will be the first to admit that talent alone does not guarantee a dream becomes reality. Having held events in Portland, Las Vegas, Spokane, and Reno, the founders of Max Hoops look to use basketball as a development tool for young athletes across the nation.
After both of their respective playing careers ended, Minor and Masten decided they were not done with the game. Wanting to give back to game they loved, the two established Max Hoops in the summer of 2010. They set out with the goal to equip high school athletes with the necessary tools for the next level, wherever that may be. Both men knew that skill development combined with character development would make not only a sought after athlete, but a successful person.
Masten and Minor want athletes to see both the value of hard work and dedication needed to play college basketball, but also the value of an education. Max Hoops is dedicated to develop the potential of each athlete that is willing to put in the time and work necessary for success.
What We Offer
Max Hoops currently offers three distinct programs designed to develop a well-rounded athlete: Elite Basketball School, College Exposure Showcase, and, new this year, the Exclusive Stay-and-Play tournament.
Elite Basketball School
After Minor finished his career at University of Portland he joined NAIA Southern Oregon University as an assistant coach. During his time on staff, the program experienced not only on the court success, going from 9th in the conference to 2nd, but also saw players who handled their business off the court. In that same five year span, Southern Oregon University saw team GPA rise to the highest in the country at 3.52.
Minor takes great pride in athletes who understand academics comes first.
That’s why Elite Basketball School became a point of emphasis for Minor. The program brings players into direct contact with college coaches. The unique setting gives the players the opportunity to listen to the coaches, ask questions, and most importantly, take notes. They receive an education that goes beyond the court. While the players do receive on the court instruction from these coaches, they begin to see and understand the investment coaches are willing to put into athlete’s personal growth.
College Exposure Showcase
Unique to Max Hoops is the College Exposure Showcase. Current NAIA and Junior College coaches are on the floor and take the reins completely, coaching several highly-competitive games over two days. Teams rotate to work with different coaches during the event. Over the course of the weekend, a coach could find many players to recruit.
Again, Masten and Minor understand the importance of personal investment is vital for individual growth. Many athletes find the personal instruction of a collegiate coach unique and worth the time. This was very apparent when more than 100 high school players from Oregon, Washington and British Columbia participated in the first fall Showcase in September 2014, alongside 15 college coaches. The numbers at these showcases continue to grow as kids understand they can grow as a player and possibly get recruited in one weekend. Upcoming boys Showcases are offered in Alaska (co-ed), Spokane, Central Washington and Portland, with previous events held in Reno and Sacramento. Girls Showcases will be held in Tacoma, Alaska (co-ed), and Portland.
After a successful inaugural year, Max Hoops is excited to see the Exclusive grow and be even successful in 2019. In July of 2018, 51 teams from across the nation attended the stay-and-play event at the Westin Lake Las Vegas. With three age divisions, 124 total games were played at the resort, providing players and their parents with the ease of walking right from their rooms to the three courts. College coaches enjoyed being able to go from court-to-court and had updated, real-time statistics available, as well as online coach’s packs with player information. In addition, a Bonus Room was available for players, coaches, and parents, where basketball professionals spoke on topics such as nutrition, personal branding, mental toughness, and more.
Following the success of the Exclusive, Max Hoops is looking to host multiple stay-and-play tournaments in various cities this coming year.
Max Hoops is dedicated to the well-being and advancement of every player who wants to get better. The programs offered are designed to give players a platform to showcase their abilities to colleges while receiving an education in return. The growth that takes place for a person during the high school years is crucial for long term success. Max Hoops looks to provide an environment where that growth can take place. If one of the programs offered peaks your interest, please visit the Max Hoops page.
Brant Minor – University of Portland Guard