ACADEMIC ELITE/JERSEY SHORE SHOWCASE
From July 24th though July 29th College coaches will get more work done in the Central Jersey area than they could get done in a year. The savvy College coaches will get a big jump on competitors in the recruiting process for years to come. With the recruiting process now moving at the speed of light. Colleges now must identify the best players quickly and in most cases make an offer before other colleges catch up and see the light. For players hoping to play at the next level; these FIVE days are a dream comes true. It’s the one time many kids, will have the full attention of college coaches and could be the one time when a player truly gets a STRONG LOOK FROM COLLEGE COACHES.
The Academic Elite which will take place on Saturday, July 29th at the Hoop Group. Like in the past 8 years, this will be a sold out affair. When Academic Elite first started there were 26 D1 schools in the gym. Last year there were over 50 D1 schools and 70+ in total; more proof how the event has grown. But it is how the event is shaped that makes Academic Elite special and different than other events in July. All the players at Academic Elite are quality students and hope to play at the college level with academics playing a very important part in their decision making process. It’s the one event a kid knows he will be on the MAIN COURT the ENTIRE day. No college coaches looking at multiple courts or watching a half and moving on. No College coaches looking at cell phones missing that kid make a shot or make a great play.
You see Academic Elite is really a special place for those kids looking for that all-important exposure. The skill session before games start is precious to kids and coaches. It allows that shooter, who doesn’t touch the ball in AAU games, to show they can shoot. It allows that girl who never gets to dribble the ball, prove she has those skill sets. Then of course the 3-2 and 1-1 drills allows a kid to show there raw talents and decision making. But above all coaches get an extended look at every player in the event…by the way of the 96 kids who attended Academic Elite last year…37 are playing at D1 schools or have signed at one…NOT BAD…AND THAT’S NOT COUNTING THE PLAYERS AT D2/D3 SCHOOLS… and this year just may be the deepest group EVER. Like every year we will have players who have given verbal’s to colleges attend on their own dime. They give the event credibility…it’s become a tradition at Academic Elite now for kids who verbal to attend…it’s such a classy move by these kids and their parents….BRAVO!!
THE MAROON AND WHITE…
On July 24th the best girl’s high school event in New Jersey takes place….THE JERSEY SHORE SHOWDOWN( Formally the Maroon and White). The fact that a kid can be seen in a high school setting, with their coach is priceless. This is when a college coach can learn so much about a kid. Defense is more of a factor and team play is expected along with positive attitudes. Players know they will be held just a little more accountable when playing.
The teams in this year’s event is a coaches dream. The talent not only runs deep. But it truly the year of the sleeper in this years event. Manchester High School folks have the best young talent in the state. They have the best babies, which includes the 2017 freshman of the year Karmeri Reynolds and future Power 5 player Destiny Adams. They also are stacked with unknown players. Toms River North has two future D1 locks on their roster. Donovan Catholic has a D1 sleeper and stacked with D2/D3 talent. If you are a college coach and not at this event, all I have to say is you don’t understand the shore conference. We are talking over 60 kids who will play college at some level and no less than 20 future D1 players in the event. Notre Dame has no less than two D1s and a Powerful 5 player. Middletown South has 4 D1 locks. Most college coaches have not seen Isa Brennan, she is a MID MAJOR LOCK. The most valuable thing a coach can leave the Maroon and White with is a coach’s package, because many of the kids at this event you will be recruiting for years.
COLLEGE COACHES ALERT…There will be a cheat sheet for you in you mailbox TODAY…for Academic Elite coaches attending the event.
CONGRATS TO TORI HYDUKE ON HER VERBAL TO GW….