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Q&A with 2021 Joe Berry

Joe Berry is a 6’2″ guard in the class of 2021 with a cumulative GPA is 4.4. He’s averaging 17.7 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.6 steals per game, and shooting 57% FG and 39% 3-FG.

We caught up with Joe discuss his season and recruitment.

RLH: How has the season been going for you at Washburn Rural HS?

JB: The season has been going very well for us so far. We are tied for first in the Centennial League (Class 6A) with only two games left. We have a very young team, but we have been getting better all season and we are playing our best basketball right now. 

RLH: You guys are currently 13-4 overall. How are you guys handling the pressure of being a top team in the state? 

JB: Even though we are young and there were only a few that got any playing time last year, we have players who were in the program and experienced what we are trying to do now. Last year we took second at state and our record was 23-2. We have handled the pressure of being a top team well by coming out every game with the expectation to win.

RLH: You’re a top option on a solid team. How are you handling the defenses knowing that you’re the go-to guy on offense?

JB: I have seen defenses this year that are specifically designed to stop me. I know that when teams do this, my teammates will be open and I can get them the ball. Coach prepares us for defenses that will be more focused on me. No matter what the defense throws at me, I know that I have to do whatever it takes to help the team win. 

RLH: You’re a top 3 player in the state in your class. What is your case on why you should be #1?

JB: Two years ago I was ranked 19th in the state. I moved up last year to the 8th spot and now I am number three. Hopefully I will continue to move up and reach the number one spot. I think I should be #1 because I have led my team to a 37-6 record in the past two years in 6A. 

RLH: If a college coach asked what are the strong parts of your game? What would you say?

JB: One strong part of my game is my ability to get to the rim and finish. I have a quick first step that has helped me get past defenders. Another part of my game that is strong is my deep range from three. I stay in front of my man and shut down their best player. 

RLH: What are you doing to improve as a basketball player?

JB: I am working on my shot constantly, trying to perfect it. Watching game film has raised my basketball IQ to another level. Lifting every day has helped me to be a more physical player and hard work has helped me reach my goals. 

RLH: Are there any updates on your college recruitment? What schools are contacting you the most? Any offers?

JB: As of right now, I do not have any offers, however, over 15 coaches are in contact with me. I have taken 3 unofficial visits to the University of Chicago, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and Emporia St. I’m hearing from schools in the IVY League, West Coast Conference, Missouri Valley, Mountain West, Patriot League and Summit League.

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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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