Unsigned high school athletes showcase their talents for college coaches

Thirty of the top-rated senior ballplayers from New York’s five boroughs converged on the east side, First Avenue and 120th Street in Harlem at the Scan/El-Faro Beacon Community Center at the Coalition School for Social Change Campus, last week to display their talents for a variety of college coaches looking to bolster their teams’ rosters and provide collegiate opportunities for basketball athletes. In its 11th year, the Unsigned Senior Basketball Showcase, coordinated by George Ball and Simon Green, annually brings available, unsigned student athletes and college coaches together.

“It was a good experience for me,” said former Boys and Girls High School player, Kobe Vaughn. “It gives me an opportunity to get into college and do what I love to do, play basketball and showcase my talent.”

Dutchess Community College, Kentucky State Community College, Mercy College, Monroe College, Nassau Community College and CNC Preparatory School on the campus of the College of Staten Island were several of the schools in attendance.

Tilquan Rucker, the South Bronx Preparatory guard who averaged 37 points, 11 assists, 10 rebounds per game, talked excitedly about the showcase. “It was a great honor for me to play against some of the top prospects. I enjoyed playing with some of my friends and the new players that I had met.”

Rucker is currently visiting schools in the city, and in Georgia, and has not made any commitments yet.

Student athletes participated in 45 minutes of drills and warmups, giving the coaches an opportunity to assess each player’s skill set and ability to follow instructions. The 30 players were then divided into six teams, each competing against each other for 10 minutes.