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Player Focus: Kian Scroggins

810  Varsity hosted their Summer Slam II this weekend with several KC metro teams in attendance. Of those teams battling it out to bring home the championship was Raymore-Peculiar High School, who have highly touted 2020 PF Kian Scroggins. We had the opportunity to speak with Kian about a number of topics including his performance over the weekend, his first year with KC Run GMC, recruiting, and much more. 

Let’s first just talk about your spring with KC Run GMC and the UAA, how’d that go for you?

The UAA was great! It was my first experience in it as I’m new to the Run GMC program. For me, it’s been really good. I’m setting the defensive tone by talking, and rotating is huge for me, so I lead by example that way on defense. I averaged around 11 points a game this spring, so far it has been really good. 

Who’d you play for before Run GMC? Do you feel like playing on one of the main circuits has made you a better player and how so?

Yander’s Law out of Springfield, Missouri. Defensively overall it has made me better, because players are more skilled and physical. 

Who was one of your toughest match-ups this spring and summer?

Nobody has really been a tough match-up for me honestly. 

How’d the rest of today go for you guys at Summer Slam II?

We made it to the final four and were up by 18 and lost. Just tired legs and no bench depth. We’re fine though when it comes to the regular season. We only had 4 varsity players including me. 

What’s something that you’re really trying to work on this fall heading into your senior season?

Just making other players around me better. 

Last weekend you spent it playing in the Midwest Basketball Showcase, how did that go for you?

I averaged around 9 points. I played great as we got to play with each other more. When we started we didn’t really know each other. So it was a challenge playing with each other. I was getting looked off a lot, but as we kept playing I gained their trust by doing great things with the ball. It started a little slow but as we went it was good!

That’s awesome to hear. This was the first event in June that D1 Coaches could attend, did you garner any new interest at the event?

Nebraska-Omaha was the only one that contacted me after the event. I had other colleges there but they were ones I had already been in contact with. 

Who are some schools who have offered you already?

UMKC and Pitt State have only offered so far. Only high interest from other D1 schools. 

With UMKC and Pitt State being in two separate divisions, what have both of their messages been? If you can, reflect on each school and what you think of them. Let’s start with Pitt State first. 

They’ve said I play hard and I could play from the start down there. They have a great campus and have great coaches. Haven’t talked much about playing with UMKC, but they do like how I play hard. 

How often are you in contact with each?

Most of the time, very often. 

You’ve said it was just high interest from other D1’s, what schools are those?

Oregon State, Northwestern State (Louisiana), Drake, Jacksonville University, and some more. 

What’s their message been to you with regards to possibly getting and offer and watching you some more. 

They stay in touch regarding my family and stuff. They’re planning on watching me more. 

With your senior season coming shortly, what’s your goal and message you want to send in your last year?

That Ray-Pec is on the rise this year and I want people to be afraid to play us as they’re starting to get that way! 

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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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