Mt. Vernon to co-host IBCA/IHSAA Team Showcase events

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Mt. Vernon head coach Julie Shelton talks with her team moments before the second against Pendleton Heights during the IHSAA Girls Sectional game. Friday, Feb. 3, 2023. (Tom Russo | Daily Reporter)

Staff report

Seventy-two girls’ teams and 156 boys’ teams are set to participate in the 2023 IBCA/IHSAA Team Showcase events in June.

The inaugural IBCA/IHSAA girls’ Team Showcase is set for June 16-17 at Hamilton Southeastern and Mt. Vernon (Fortville), while the fourth IBCA/IHSAA boys’ Team Showcase in memory of Charlie Hughes is planned for June 23-25 at Carmel and Westfield.

Mt. Vernon is scheduled to have participants in both girls and boys events. Eastern Hancock, Greenfield-Central and New Palestine are among the teams listed for the boys showcase.

The Indiana Basketball Coaches Association and the IHSAA partner to make each Showcase a “scholastic event” under NCAA and National Federation of State High School Associations rules, thereby making the events open for NCAA Division I coaches to attend in person for purposes of evaluating prospective players. Only events sanctioned by the IHSAA and IBCA may have NCAA Division I coaches attend during this “scholastic recruiting period.”

Participating teams generally play four games in the events, although some teams choose for a one-day option where they play just two games. Each contest in these events is a regulation 32-minute stop-clock game, not a running-clock game like in many other summer events. No team plays more than two games in one day.

Teams are assigned a pool based on competitive play (organizers attempt to have teams play four competitive games against a “similar” team), whether a team’s coach selects the one-day or two-day option, and organizers trying to avoid teams playing opponents they typically play during the regular season.

These Team Showcase events are not tournaments, and no champions are determined. However, these Team Showcase events offer four competitive games to help each team develop while also allowing college coaches to watch the games in person.

The two-day girls’ event begins at 9:00 a.m. June 16 with final games starting at 8:00 p.m. June 17.

The three-day boys’ event begins at 4:00 p.m. June 23 with final games starting at 3:00 p.m. June 25.

Both IBCA/IHSAA Team Showcase events are open to the public. Admission is $10 per day. IBCA members are admitted free by showing their membership card at the door.

The IBCA and IHSAA began working with Charlie Hughes Basketball in the fall of 2018 when the NCAA created a “scholastic” period in its men’s basketball recruiting calendar for June 2019. Charlie Hughes Basketball had started a summer boys’ basketball school-team developmental event in 2005 and ran it successfully for 14 years. The event was renamed in Hughes’ memory after he passed away in December 2014.

In 2022, coaches from 85 colleges (including NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA) attended the third IBCA/IHSAA boys’ Team Showcase in memory of Charlie Hughes. This is the first year that the NCAA has created a “scholastic” period in its women’s basketball recruiting calendar, so this is the first year for the IBCA/IHSAA girls’ Team Showcase.

Net proceeds from both Team Showcase events support the IBCA Scholarship Fund and Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.

More information on these events can be found here: https://www.charliehughesbasketball.com/