120 of the top basketball players from Oregon and Washington participated in the Max Hoops College Exposure Showcase – Spring Edition at the Beaverton YMCA Hoop on April 4th. The event welcomed a few special eighth-graders along with high school players. The day paired athletes with college coaches from around the Northwest.

“What makes our event unique is players get the chance to play for real college coaches and get their feedback,” said Brant Minor, co-director of Max Hoops. “Coaches can truly see how a player reacts on the court and get a good feel if that guy is a solid match for their program.”

Coaches from the University of Puget Sound, Lewis & Clark College, Pacific University, Willamette University, Corban University joined community college coaches from Tacoma, Lane, Clark, Clackamas, South Puget Sound, Blue Mountain and Umpqua at the event.

“At the end of this event, all of these coaches will have a solid list of players they will recruit,” Minor said. “It’s hard for a lot coaches to see players during the regular high school season. This gives them an idea who will be a good fit.”

Willamette University Assistant Coach Jonathan Willis agreed. “This is a great way for us to see kids that are perfect for our program.” Willamette, a Division III University in Salem, cannot provide scholarships for athletes, but students with high grade point averages and good SAT/ACT scores are a great match, he said. “We are shopping in the right grocery store,” Willis said. “The ability of these kids align with the schools that are represented here. It is a unique opportunity for both coaches and players. “

Spring Showcase participants played several games in the all-day event. In addition to the games, players worked on their fundamentals during drill sessions. All games have officials. Scouting services, videographers and photographers are also on-site.

At the event’s close, 20 players were selected for an All-Star game, and another top 20 underclassmen are selected. “This is the most difficult part of camps. Trying to select who will play in the All Star game can crush some kids. We hope those that don’t make the All-Star teams are hungry to show they should have been selected. We hope they look at it as motivation,” Minor said.

Parents are invited to watch all aspects of the Showcase. “We are in this for the long haul,” Minor said. “We know parents want to watch their kids play and be involved in the process. We are trying to build relationships with players and their parents.”

Max Hoops received a welcome endorsement from Nike Hoops Summit, a premier game comprised of the top high school boy senior players against a World Select Team. The World team is comprised of top players, 19 years old or younger. All participants in the Max Hoops Spring College Showcase received a free ticket to the Nike event, held April 11 at the Moda Center. This is the eighth-year it will be held in Portland. It has featured some of the NBA’s current stars including Nicolas Batum, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love among many others. As of January 2015, 68 former US players and 26 former World team members were active in the NBA. Also, 32 former Hoop Summit players are currently competing on the collegiate level, including 23 U.S. players.

The 2015 Max Hoops College Exposure Showcase – Spring Edition received outstanding feedback from all players and coaches. Coaches were extremely pleased with the number of players they could recruit. Lots of new relationships were built and it was a great day of basketball!

Brian Stamme – Clackamas Community College

Larry Doty Speaking at the College Exposure Showcase – Spring Edition