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Closer Look at Pure Prep Basketball

In anticipation of the spring and summer recruiting season, Recruitlook Hoops caught up with Burchette Regins to discuss Pure Prep Basketball’s upcoming season.

RLH: What separates your organization from the myriad of other AAU programs across the country?

Coach Regins: To be honest, we don’t complicate basketball. We keep our message simple. Stick to the principles and respect the GAME!

RLH: What is the back story on how your organization was created?

Coach Regins: My first basketball coaching experience was in college and then high school. A lot of players were uber talented but lacked a lot of the fundamentals of the game. It gave me the idea to start from scratch with youth players to help teach them fundamentals at an early age, instead of trying with each game by early trapping and zones.

RLH: Who are some notable players who have worn your organizations uniform?

Coach Regins: Between my program in Texas and now Iowa [we have coached a few notable players]. John Henson started with us in Austin, TX. There is also Emmanuel Malou [Iowa State]. Xavier Foster is an up and coming promising prospect.

RLH: For this specific team, do you expect to have much of your roster intact from last year, what if any gaps are you looking to fill before next summer?

Coach Regins: Our Team is set. We have our core returning which all played 17U as sophomores last year with a couple additions that will make us one of the best teams in the country.

RLH: Describe the team’s prior summer season and point out any significant tournament victories or games that stand out in your mind.

Coach Regins: We had a really good team win vs Wade Elite which featured a good number of D1 caliber players. We played vs The Truth EYBL 17U as a 16U team and we hung tough but lost by single digits. That’s when I knew we had a special young group.

RLH: What is your team’s philosophy on offense and defense?

Coach Regins: Offensively we want to push the tempo and get up and down. We have a very dynamic playmaking point guard who is a pass first guard. Otherwise, we play off of each other and make the right plays. [Our] defensive strategy is to guard your yard and communicate at all times, help recover and rotate.

RLH: Who are some players to watch from your team next season?

Coach Regins: Of course the Big fella 2020 7’0 Xavier Foster but we have a core of players that will have a lot of eyes on them. 6’3 PG Aquan Smart, 6’3 Jacob Schockemoehl, 6’3 G Jaleque Dunson, 6’3 Power guard Caleb Haag, 6’10 Jon Schwarte, 6’0 Scoring Guard Zach Carr and Zach Huff shoots it at 46% 3pt range. We also have the next star in 2022 PG Trey Lewis who has a ton of High major interest already.

RLH: How many opportunities has your squad had to play mid-west teams? How did you fair against those teams?

Coach Regins: The past two seasons unfortunately haven’t had the chance to play against many mid-west teams so we are looking forward to it this spring/summer.

RLH: What was your record last year?

Coach Regins: 21-12 last year as a 16U playing up to 17U.

RLH: What tournaments do you plan on participating in this year?

Coach Regins: We willl play in Recruitlook Hoops events, an NY2LA event  and the Chicago Classic.

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2019 Larry Hughes Elite Camp Preview

Press Release

August 2nd, 2019

RecruitLook Hoops will once again host the Larry Hughes Elite Camp on August 10-11, 2019 in St. Louis. This is an invite-only camp that will bring in some of the top high school basketball recruits from across the country. The two-day event will feature a mixture of 60 national recruits in the 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes – all getting the chance to learn from NBA-veteran and skills trainers.

NBA veteran, Larry Hughes, along with state-champion high school coach, Justin Tatum, will be the lead instructors for the Camp that will take place at Hughes’ brand-new facility.

Hughes has an impressive resume having played thirteen seasons at the highest level of professional basketball in the NBA. He was drafted by the 76ers in the 1st round (8th overall) of the 1998 NBA draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. Hughes was recognized as a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities, and was selected to the 2004-2005 All-Defensive 1st Team.

“Larry is passionate about spreading his basketball knowledge to the younger generation, which aligns with our vision and overall goal of RecruitLook Hoops,” says Mike Enright, Founder of RecruitLook. “It’s paramount that we have an influential partner like Larry to assist with the development of the next generation of basketball players.”

This camp will also feature wearable technology that is found in top-notch NBA facilities, including the RSPCT Basketball System to track shots, and the Kinexon’s sports technology cameras to measure player movement. All the data is tracked and logged into a digital locker, which will be shared to college coaches of all levels.

“We founded Larry Hughes Basketball Academy as well as our BTS (Basketball Training System) to develop athletes’ basketball abilities and basketball IQ — as well as their character and life skills,” says Larry Hughes, Founder of LHBA and BTS. “We share the same vision when it comes to assisting youth within the sport of basketball. We’re excited to build leaders on and off the court.”

The Larry Hughes Elite Camp provides athletes with an opportunity to showcase their skills against elite competition, while also learning more about the game of basketball and life-skills from special guests. In addition to the drill work and skills sessions the campers will receive, the camp will focus on teaching valuable lessons off the court.

The camp is not open to the public, only family members of the campers. Media requests need to be submitted to info@recruitlook.com.

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