Brent Reyna and Cody Vasquez will be able to relate that they both spent a week of July in Columbus, Ohio, playing basketball with some of the best young talent in the country and from Canada.
The two played in a statewide showcase in Austin at St. Edward’s University earlier this year and were two of the area players to receive invitations to compete and showcase their skills at an international meeting in Ohio in July. The showcase is part of the USA Junior Nationals.
The event will be a weeklong affair from July 16-22. State teams will be aligned and one college coach will be assigned per team. Practice will begin at 8 a.m. and competition and drills will go to 10 p.m. almost every day.
College coaches will be on hand to see the future of their programs. Scouting the showcase will bring together more than 100 college and university coaches interested in finding their future players.
“It’s a great opportunity to be around good competition; the more you play the better. It will give them a good idea of where they’re at in basketball and what they need to do to get better,” said Trojan varsity head coach Mike Luce.
The showcase can possibly lead to scholarship offers in a year or two for the Trojan duo. It will be a week of basketball the two will never forget.
“I’m excited, can’t wait,” they both said in unison when asked if they are looking forward to the week. It will be all basketball from the time they wake up until they go to bed. Their dreams, while there, may even be filled with jump shots, crossover dribbles and assists.
A car wash is being held on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Dave Moore Ford to help defray some of the travel expenses. All donations will be greatly appreciated.