Hoops camp tries to unearth diamonds in the rough

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Ryder Epoch, left, from Peacock makes a pass over a defender.

Adam Huffman believes there is a lot of basketball talent outside of the major centres in Saskatchewan.

He feels that they just need to get some exposure.

Which is why Huffman and Doggpound Basketball Academy hosted the Doggpound Prairie Showcase this weekend at Peacock.

“I didn’t have a lot of support from other groups here as far as promoting this,” said Huffman. “I sent it out word of mouth and on facebook and the fact that 66 kids showed up here, shows that there is a need for this here in Saskatchewan. Judging by what these coaches are saying, we’ve got some really nice players kicking around and they need to get some more opportunities.”

The showcase attracted players from across the province, but most were from smaller centres or smaller schools in Regina. College and university coaches from approximately 10 schools in Saskatchewan, Alberta and a few of the northern states to give them a chance to get a look at what Huffman called “hidden gems.”

“A lot of these kids turned a lot of heads,” said Huffman.

There were two days of scrimmages and testing for the boys which was followed by a selects scrimmage and an NBA-style all-star weekend with a dunk contest and three-point shooting. There was also a girls scrimmage Sunday.

While most of the players were in high school, some had graduated and were looking for a second chance at catching the eye of a college coach. The oldest player there was 23 and he was looking for a chance to play basketball in his final year of eligibility.

Organizations: Huffman and Doggpound Basketball Academy

Geographic location: Saskatchewan, Regina, Alberta

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