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Holding Up The Mirror


By Marcus Shockley

Change is hard.

It goes against our nature as humans to try and be objective about our flaws.

So each year when we get through our Southeast Summer Showcase, I really try to step back and assess what we did right, what we did wrong, and how we can make it better. This year’s event is coming up on June 15.

Quite frankly, it ain’t easy.

We work hard on our showcase. As in, hours, days, even nights. Talking. Meeting. Writing out schedules. Brainstorming. Moving players around on teams. Changing up the drills. Meeting with the coaches ahead of time. Going over details. Going over them again.


Gabe Devoe looks on during drills.
Sometimes, it means staying up until the wee hours packing up little things for the player packets or printing out the rosters ONE LAST TIME because we noticed some of the numbers were wrong on the last batch we printed.

Loading up all the equipment to head to the gym at 6 am, and going to bed at 2 am hoping 4 hours of sleep will be enough to fuel the day.

So when it’s all over, and we pack up the boxes, wipe up the Gatorade from the hallways and make sure no players have fallen asleep in the bathroom before we turn out the lights, we pretty much collapse into exhaustion and hope that at least one player, at least one, got a good look from a college that will eventually lead to a scholarship.

Last year, we had 8 seniors who eventually went to Division I schools. We had even more who eventually went Division II.

Our dunk champion, Carlee Clemons, landed at #2 on the ESPN top 10 the next day (we would have been #1 if not for the fact we were going against the NBA playoffs) and he eventually went on to compete in the national high school dunk contest on CBS. Really cool, especially when our previous dunk champion, VMI player Craig Hinton, also went to the nationals the year before.

Our All-Star game from 2013 boasted some awesome talent: Gabe Devoe, who committed to Clemson; Javis Howard, who landed at the Charleston Southern; Gary Clark, who decided on Cincinnati; Colton Bishop (Loyola Maryland) and several more. Just too many to name.

MaxPreps wrote that our event was one of the biggest in the country, and was the biggest on the East Coast for the weekend, with the West Coast going to Pangos All-American camp. Not too shabby.
Charis Fitzgerald Basketball Southeast Summer Showcase

Charis Fitzgerald, 2012 Camp MVP
So it’s not easy to step back and look at what we could do better. When you put in so much effort to eke out a few victories, looking for things you can improve feels like you’re focusing on what you did wrong, instead of what you did right. But in order to improve, that’s exactly what we have to do.

Like I said, it ain’t easy. BUT…if it was easy to put on a world class event, everyone would do it.

So here goes.

With all of the things I think we do RIGHT, and have done right, at our events in the past, there are things that haven’t been done as well as I would have liked.

We had issues with our jersey numbers the first year and our DVD reproduction last year. These are things that happen, you fix them and move on. You work out some kinks. You put in backup plans. You eliminate things that didn’t get executed well.

BUT…there is one thing that we’ve had at our first three events that actually went off really well…and yet, I wasn’t happy with it.

It’s a staple at many individual showcase events, and they all have the same problems.

The All-Star game.

I have NO issue with All-Star games in general. They’re terrific. But at an individual showcase? It just doesn’t work.

See, the first problem is that you are picking players based on a single day’s play. And you also have players who already come in with a reputation. If a player comes into your event, and he’s already holding multiple Division I offers, you will look like an awful scout if he doesn’t make your all-star roster. But then there are players who show up, play really well, and not enough coaches vote for them to make the All-Star.

Last year, as I was handed the final votes for the All-Star game, I cringed. I could see that every single player who made the game deserved to be there. And I could also see at least 6 players who didn’t make who also had an argument to be in that game. And I hated it. I hated the fact that we were basically telling those 6 or so players that they weren’t making the cut, even though I knew they were good enough.

Bear in mind, this goes against what would be the industry norm for a scout or basketball analyst to do. Very few will ever admit they are wrong even when they are wrong all of the time, and they will laugh about people who admit mistakes. But it takes no courage to do that. I can’t tell players to “do the right thing, not the easy thing” and then turn around and do the opposite. If I see something that we need to change, I have to try and change it.

I knew that what we doing wasn’t good enough, and I decided that this year, 2014, I would come up with a better way. I don’t care if other showcases still run an All-Star game, it’s not how I think it should be done. And I’m doing something different.

This year, we’re doing this: your team wins, you play in the title game. No All-Star game. A title game. So if your team goes 2-0, we go by point differential and the best teams play. If there is a tie, we have a quick playoff to decide the title game. So the TEAMS that play the best get to play for the title. We’ve had teams go undefeated every year and I expect this year will be no different. If a team plays well enough to go undefeated then that TEAM should get a chance at the title, don’t you think? That’s what competition is all about.

And this year, we’re broadcasting the title game on NetCast Sports Network. So if your team plays well all day, you won’t have to pack up early. You’ll play in the final game, on the full court, on the live broadcast, and on replay.

Want to get your shot? Sign up for the event at Events.BasketballElite.com.

You can follow Marcus Shockley on Twitter, even though he doesn’t always tweet about his flaws.

Replay of the 17U Championship game at the 2014 David Rose Memorial Day Classic AAU basketball tournament, broadcast from Proehlific Park in Greensboro, NC. Originally broadcast by NetCastSports.com and features commentators Marcus Shockley and Chase Vaden.

Rosters:

Brand X

Number Name
22 Ricky Council II
11 Nubian Spann
15 Josh Kumba
24 Jack Costigan
3 Jalen Burnette
4 Tyrick Gattis
12 Brandon Goldsmith
12 Ricky Council III
14 Clif Conley
32 John Lamot
33 Ricardo Bullock
55 Jalen Robertson

UBA

Number Name
11 Xavier Mills
32 Quincy Jackson
2 Antonio Watson
13 Romeo Ferguson
4 Ajay Sanders
22 DaQuan Lilly
20 Josh Siler
10 Jared Joyner
34 Christian Taylor
32 Quincy Jackson

Full game replay from the third broadcast game of Championship Sunday at the 2014 Phenom Hoops Challenge AAU tournament in Greensboro, NC. This game features Brand X 17U vs. Showtime Ballers 17U. Featured players for include Corey Sanders (PG, 6’1, 2015), wearing #3 for Showtime Ballers. Sanders holds offers from LSU, Southern Cal, Memphis, UNLV, Xavier and several others. Showtime was missing their heavily recruited shooting guard Dwayne Bacon in this game.

Replay from the second broadcast of Championship Sunday at the Phenom Hoops Challenge AAU tournament, originally aired on Sunday, April 13. This game features CP3 17U vs. Team Loaded (Jones) 17U.

This is the full game replay from the Phenom Hoop Challenge AAU tournament, featuring East Coast Fusion 17U vs. Brand X 17U. This game took place during elimination play on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

You can watch all of the day’s broadcasts in replay at NetCastSports.com

PJ Dozier upward star basketball

Harry Giles (PF, 6’9″, 2016) and PJ Dozier (CG, 6’4″, 2015) are two of the top basketball recruits in the nation, with Dozier holding offers from North Carolina, Kansas (among many others) and Giles holding offers from Duke, UNC, Kentucky, Georgetown and pretty much everyone else.

But the recruiting world hasn’t seen them in a while; both had serious injuries that have kept them off of the court for some time. That will change this weekend, as both are participating in the Phenom Hoops Challenge with their respective AAU teams in Greensboro, NC.

While it’s just their first time back in uniform, with such sought-after recruits, there is a lot of interest in how their recovery has gone thus far and how they look on the court.

For fans of Kentucky, Duke, UNC, Kansas or any of the other far-flung schools that are actively recruiting the two players (among several other high profile recruits), many of the games on the final day of the event (Sunday) will be broadcast online at NetCastSports.com.

Full schedule of the day’s broadcast coming soon, and we’ll have more information about the broadcast times – the games being broadcast on Sunday are several of the playoff games for the 17U teams at the tournament, so the final matchups won’t be set until the teams finish pool play. But we’ll work to keep everyone updated. You can also follow @NetCastSports on Twitter for more updates.

NC Showcase Schedule 2014

NC Showcase Schedule 2014

NC Showcase 2014 AAU Schedule

NC Spartans AAU Tryouts 2014

NC Spartans

The tryout dates are below for the NC Spartans 2014 teams! Tryouts are free to attend.

14U (Rising 9th grade)
Sunday March 2 @ Bishop McGuinness HS in Kernersville from 200 PM- 400 PM
*Approx team fees- $250
This team will play 4/5 mostly local (Greensboro/HP/Winston area) tournaments from March-May.

16U (Rising 11th grade)
Sunday March 2 @ Bishop McGuinness HS in Kernersville from 400 PM- 600 PM
*Approx team fees- $250
This team will play 4/5 mostly local (Greensboro/HP/Winston area) tournaments from March-May.

17U Elite (Rising 12th grade)
Tuesday February 25 @ Calvary Baptist HS in Winston Salem from 600- 800 PM
Tuesday March 4 @ Calvary Baptist HS in Winston Salem from 600-800 PM
*Approx team fees- $650
These teams will play 4 tournaments during the NCAA Live Evaluation Period in April/July and one ‘non-live’ event the last weekend of May. Likely locations are Atlanta, Myrtle Beach, Washington DC, and Richmond VA.

Once teams are selected, each team will practice at Bishop McGuinness HS in Kernersville every Monday and Wednesday beginning Monday March 24.
14s and 16s will practice from 600- 730 PM.

17 Elites will practice from 730- 900 PM.

For more info, visit www.ncspartansbasketball.com or follow us on Twitter- @NCSpartans

The 2014 schedule for tournaments hosted by the Garner Road AAU program for 2014 has been released. For more information, check out the J.D. Lewis Center site.

Garner Road basketball 2014 schedule