Pure Prep Hoops based out of Iowa has been a staple of Recruit Look Hoops leagues for the last few years and will continue to be. We were able to catch up with the program about what separates our league from the others for independent teams, our elite camp, and what players boosted their stock the most from our events.
What’d you like about our league this year?
I thought it was good. It was well organized, and had great coverage. Brought some coaches out for my teams. A lot of my guys got looks that I don’t think would have in different leagues. Being an independent team and all, it was phenomenal.
How did you think the competition was for the league?
Shoot, being an independent team it was great. Every team that we played against had several high-level players on their team. At all levels too, 15, 16, and 17.
Did your players benefit pretty well from it then?
Yeah, we had one really high level player in Xavier, but we had a few under the radar players that really blew up. That was a great benefit for us.
You were talking about your players blowing up and boosting your stock, who do you think received the most of that from your team due to the RecruitLook Hoops League?
Two of my players got a really good boost. Aquan was known, but he didn’t have any offers entering the spring but that changed when we played in your league. Then Caleb Haag, he missed that first live period, and if you miss that then no one really knows you. He played in the second live period in Georgia and the Sunflower Showcase and now he has five offers.
How about your younger teams?
Yeah, we’re going to be really loaded for years to come. We’ve got several players on our younger teams already receiving looks from division one programs.
You guys are going to participate in the league next year, right?
Absolutely! We love it.
Is there anything with the league or your team that looking back on it, you would change?
I don’t think so. The locations were great. Great competition at all of them. Kansas City is the hub. Atlanta in the end and then capping it off in Kansas City was great. Budget wise with everything in the area, it just really helped us financially. Only taking one trip that was really out of range in Georgia, but everything worked out well. Being in Kansas City and being right next to the UA event, being in Georgia with UA, Adidas, and Nike right there as well, that was awesome. That was a boost for us.
You said the locations were good, if we kept the same locations next year would you say that would be good for the league?
Yeah, I’m not opposed to it. The circuits switch up locations every year, and traveling isn’t a problem. The locations were great due to them bringing all the coaches out.
Heading into next AAU season, what’s something you’re looking forward to?
Just creating new opportunities. Seeing what’s new to the league, and I hope all the teams that were in it last year return. I know there will be new faces, but for the most part the Sunflower Showcase shows that you have a really great league and competition and it brought out the coaches, a lot of Division Two coaches. I think it opened some eyes to those other independent teams.
If you had to say something to the teams who are thinking about joining the league but haven’t yet, what would that be?
That we had success. I mean, look at Xavier and look at Quan. Just look at the second session in Kansas City. We brought Duke in the gym. It just shows that you don’t need to join a shoe circuits second tier league like UA Rise, and the lower Adidas leagues. Plus, you’ve got the cream of the crop with the Larry Hughes Elite Camp. You can’t beat that.
What were your overall thoughts on the Elite Camp?
I’ll be honest with you, it was an eye opener. You know, having Xavier and being at Pangos, USA Camps, and NBA 100 camps the last few years, and then coming out and experiencing the Larry Hughes Elite Camp, the talent level was there. I was very impressed with the talent that you guys brought out. You guys evaluated well, you researched, and just did a masterful job of bringing some high level talent in. The camp was ran smoothly and the technology used made the camp just rose the camp above everything else.
If we did another Larry Hughes Elite Camp, is that something you’d want your players to compete in?
Oh absolutely. Because it brings the best out in those players. It gives them something to go back and say, “Okay, what do I need to improve on” and plus those coaches call you guys saying “how did this guy play?” and that’s going to get them more exposure. It’s going to blow up, writers are going to come out from everywhere and cover it because you can’t deny the talent that was there.