High school basketball showcases and all-star events can get pricey for both athletes looking to find a college and the universities themselves.
Scouting Indiana Owner/Publisher Brandon Bradley understands that, and has put together an event to help.
Scouting Indiana and the University of Saint Francis will co-host the First Annual Northeast Indiana Conference Clash on Sunday at Saint Francis, with four games scheduled between area conferences with both seniors and underclass players.
Bradley has invited every Division II, Division III, Junior College and NAIA school in Indiana and the surrounding states to come and evaluate area talent. The price is reasonable for all involved, including just a $25 fee for athletes.
Many of the area's top players are expected to play in the event.
“A lot of these all-star games are money makers, not true all-star games,” Bradley said. “It really comes down to which kids are willing to pay the most, not necessarily the best (players).”
Scouting Indiana works with over 120 colleges around the country to help identify and evaluate high school boys and girls talent in the state.
While boys basketball have a wide variety of showcase events in the spring and summer through AAU and other mediums, Bradley believes girls basketball needs more in the way of exposure.
“There is a glaring need for something with girls,” Bradley said. “It is a situation where I don't feel like they get the attention that they should, both state-wide and nationally.”
Bradley has worked for 15 years with high school boys' players and college coaches, but just got into girls basketball a year ago.
He hopes this event will help garner interest for girls that have yet to be discovered.
“There are girls up here with size and talent, but they go to college just to go as students because no one won has ever recruited them,” Bradley said.
Bradley hopes to have a similar event soon for high school boys in the area.
The event Sunday is being presented by Fort Wayne Orthopedics and the Orthopedic Hospital.