Category: TEAM PREVIEWS

In depth look at the OSA Crusaders 3SSB roster

Omaha Sports Academy Crusaders played at the Sunflower Showcase -- our first time seeing them in person and we came away impressed by the makeup of their roster and the way they play. The one thing to note about this team is that they are very unselfish and work really well together as a team […]

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Grassroots Sizzle players getting tons of recruiting attention

June 15th marked the first day that division one college coaches could contact the 2022 class, and Grassroots Sizzle better have an unlimited mobile plan because their 2021 & 2022 players are getting calls from division one coaches all over the country.

Here is a breakdown of the colleges that have contacted their 2021 and 2022 players.

Hercy Miller : LSU, USC, Missouri, Auburn, Minnesota. 

Isiah Davis : Morgan State, Hampton, Western Illinois, St Thomas

Andre Gray : Westen illinois, UIC, South Dakota

Gabe Ganz : Dartmouth, Brown

Chet Holmgren : has heard from just about every school recently. Chet is the #1 player in the country.

Davon Towney : Western Illinois, Morgan State, Temple, Minnesota, Wright State

Prince Aligbe : Villanova, Florida, Purdue, Ohio State, LSU, California, Marquette, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Iowa, Xavier, and Minnesota

Donovan Smith : Hampton, Western Illinois, Morgan State, and Saint Thomas.

Chris Morgan : West Virginia and Washington State.

Chase Carter : West Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, Vanderbilt and Illinois

Demarion Watson-Saulsberry : Minnesota, Missouri, Morgan State, and Western Kentucky.

Teigan Martin: Portland State, Milwaukee, Illinois-Chicago, and Western Illinois

Willie Wilson : Florida, Hampton, Temple, Vanderbilt, and Minnesota

Alonzo Dodd : California, Northern Iowa, Milwaukee, Southern Illinois, Illinois State, Drake, Colorado State, Utah State, and North Dakota State 

2022 Braeden Carrington : Florida, Missouri, Minnesota, Western Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Iowa

O’Fallon having terrific season

O’Fallon is off to a great start at 15-3 and only sitting 1 game behind Collinsville for the SWC lead, but they face a big road test tonight against DeSmet. O’Fallon came off a great week beating Ladue in the Denver Miller Kirkwood Tournament.

O’Fallon has been getting balanced scoring from several key members.

Shaun Riley II : The 6’6 Junior is the leading scorer, averaging 12.2 points a game and 7.8 rebounds per game. The athletic lefty has expanded his game to the perimeter and is scoring from all 3 levels now. His downhill attack is tough to stop as he can finish with authority at the rim.

Dawson Algee: The 6’3 Sophomore is averaging 10 points a game and 7.2 rebounds a game. Dawson is a load around the basket and eats up rebounds on the glass. Algee’s motor and aggressiveness are what every coach wants on his team.

Caleb Burton: The 6’2 smooth sophomore point guard is having a strong encore to his freshmen season. Caleb averages 3 assists a game and 3 rebounds a game to go along with 8.6 points a game. His game has really taken off on the defensive end — he often guards the teams best offensive player.

Drew Tebbe: The 5’9 sharpshooting junior is the fuel to O’Fallon’s fire. He is shooting 40% from the three with several games of over 5 makes. He is dangerous from anywhere on the floor which creates driving lanes for other players.

O’Fallon has interesting games in the next few weeks. 
1/21 at Desmet
1/28 at East St. Louis
1/31 vs Collinsville
2/7 vs Belleville West
2/8 vs Chaminade in the Bank of O’Fallon Shootout 

Pure Prep Director BG Regins Talks RecruitLook Hoops League

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.