Nearly 50 college basketball coaches from four states were on hand June 22nd at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Ridgeland for the first MHSAA/MAC Elite 100 Basketball Showcase.
Approximately 100 boys basketball players from the 2020, 2021 and 2022 graduating classes took part. The student-athletes represented schools both large and small from throughout Mississippi. Each player participated in drills and games, receiving instruction from participating coaches from MHSAA schools and evaluation from college coaches from Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas.
The showcase was directed by Robert Holloway of the MHSAA, Johnny Mims of the MAC and Ridgeland High School boys basketball coach Roderick Davidson. Similar events were held by more than 20 state associations across the country as part of a new initiative by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) in conjunction with the NCAA.
Quotes from some of the college coaches in attendance:
“This was a great event for the kids to be able to perform in front of college coaches without having to go out of state. It was well-organized.”
- Wayne Brent, Jackson State University
|“I was so impressed with the organization and instruction from our staff and coaches at the Top 100 camp! It was an outstanding combination of talented players and excellent coaches! Hats off to the Missississippi High School Activities Association and Mississippi Association of Coaches.”
“A ‘10’ as I couldn’t ask for anything better. The program (information packet) allows me to be able to contact all the players I might be recruiting. We depend on recruiting Mississippi first and foremost, so this has been good for Mississippi State.”
- Ben Howland, Mississippi State University
“My compliments to the leadership of the Mississippi Association of Coaches and the MHSAA for acting on such short notice to put on such a great event. At USM, we recruit Mississippi first, so this event helps us concentrate our time and resources. I hope this event will continue.”
- Jay Ladner, University of Southern Mississippi