Top AAU Tournaments for Recruiting

For more than a half-century, Hoop Group has been an undisputed leader in basketball skills instruction as well as the premier venue for showcasing the very best amateur teams and talent, while offering many other basketball-related services. Besides featuring the absolute ‘cream of the crop’ among high school hoopsters, Hoop Group has also featured  legendary players such as: Lou Carnesecca, Al McGuire, Geno Auriemma, Jim Valvano, Rollie Massimino, Dean Smith, Pat Summitt, and Bob Hurley, Sr., as instructors/lecturers at various basketball clinics, training camps, and AAU tournaments.

Headquartered in Neptune, New Jersey, Hoop Group’s long proven record of providing the very best in basketball instruction, competition, and exposure is unmatched. The number of young men and women who’ve been positively impacted by the company’s mission over fifty plus years is well in excess of a million, and among its alumni is a ‘Who’s Who’ list of All-Americans, NBA Draft Lottery picks (including No. 1 picks Dwight Howard, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Markelle Fultz), NBA All-Stars, and even Hall of Famers (Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, David Thompson, Nancy Lieberman, Ann Meyers, and Charles Barkley). Currently, there are more than 200 Hoop Group alumni on NBA and WNBA rosters.

Undeniably, the lifeblood of college athletics is recruiting, and perhaps the sport in which recruiting is most impactful, is basketball. Unlike college football and baseball, one or more 5-star, blue chip basketball recruit(s) can transform a ‘good’ team into a championship contender immediately. Players such as Louisville’s Pervis Ellison (1986), Syracuse’s Carmelo Anthony (2003), Kentucky’s Anthony Davis (2012), and Duke’s Jahlil Okafor (2015) are evidence of this, with each playing pivotal roles in leading their schools to national championships in their freshman seasons.

With potentially elite players being recognized earlier and earlier, the competition among coaches for landing top prospects has also ramped up considerably. Where once the primary recruiting period took place during the traditional high school season (late fall through winter), the dramatic increase in AAU basketball tournaments, summer basketball camps, and basketball exposure camps has transformed recruiting into a year-round pursuit. There are advantages to this development, especially for college recruiters. The best players are competing with and against the ‘best’, giving college coaches an ‘up-close-and-personal’ insight into such intangibles as teamwork, maturity level, and composure, while having multiple top prospects in one location is an obvious ‘win-win’ on every level, for both coaches and players.

Hoop Group’s history in providing top-notch youth basketball training for boys and girls of all ages is unsurpassed, and their success record in the area of player development is almost staggering, with more than 75% of attendees either receiving college scholarships and/or competing at the collegiate level. Hoop Group’s reputation is also supported by the fact that nearly 1,000 college coaches/recruiters and recruiting services are regularly in attendance at their showcase exposure events and tournaments.

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