TAMPA, Fla. - On Saturday, Sept. 16, at 1 p.m. at Tampa Preparatory School, 94 high school juniors and seniors will participate in the Southeast Basketball Academy Showcase. This first-time event gives coaches from NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and JUCO the opportunity to scout prospects from Florida, Arkansas, California, and Georgia in the class of 2007 and 2008.
A youth development grant from the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners enabled the Tampa Bay Sports Commission to pay the registration fees for the 68 Hillsborough County participants that will showcase their skills in front of potential college suitors.
“We feel fortunate to play a role in activating the significant investment Hillsborough County has made in garnering exposure for our area athletes to earn college scholarship funding,” said Rob Higgins, Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “We have experienced incredible success with our annual high school football combine, which was the brainchild of Hillsborough County Commission Chairman Jim Norman. That event has produced millions of dollars in scholarships for our area’s athletes, and after studying it closely, we felt the basketball market could yield a similar return on investment for our great county.”
The athletes will display their individual skills, fundamentals and work ethic, in an event produced by the Southeast Basketball Academy (SEBA). Over 25 college basketball programs are expected to attend Saturday’s event. The first round of skill station work will get underway at 1 p.m. with 3 vs. 3 and 5 vs. 5 games following.
“We are extremely excited to be part of such a great event,” said Mike McManamey, Director of the Southeast Basketball Academy. “This type of event is sorely needed in our state as we have some of the best athletes in the country that go unrecruited and unnoticed. We are hoping to build lasting relationships with both High School and College coaches in order to create opportunities to play at the next level.”
SEBA will list each of the prospects’ recruiting profile on their website, www.southeastbasketballacademy.com, so the coaches can stay in contact with any prospect they are impressed by. Due to NCAA Division I recruiting regulations, SEBA will be videotaping and evaluating this 1-day event with the intent of distributing DVD’s to interested schools from across the country that are unable to attend.