Bigfoot Hoops tournaments are well known for bringing out the stars. Some of the best high school athletes in the world showcase their skills, making it a must-see event for college coaches who are looking to recruit future players.
“We had hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Division I coaches in our gyms,” said Hal Pastner, who founded and continues to run Bigfoot Hoops.
The college basketball powerhouses like Duke, Kentucky, and North Carolina are all in attendance, as well as smaller mid-major schools, Division II schools, and everything in between. The top prospects get plenty of attention, but there are also a lot of opportunities for underrated players to get noticed and potentially field scholarship offers.
“Coaches come out, and they already know who the highly ranked guys are,” Pastner said. “They say, ‘We’re going to find the sleepers at your events to round out our roster,’ and they get players that are going to help their team win games.”
That’s one of the biggest benefits of Bigfoot Hoops events. They allow coaches to see players and players to be seen by coaches. It’s a win-win for all participants, and a big reason why so many athletes and coaches show up to Bigfoot Hoops events every single year.
“Keep coming out, because we are going to promote to the coaches out there to help these players be seen and get college scholarships,” Pastner said.
It goes deeper than that for Pastner. The tournaments have elite high school athletes who will soon be college stars, but the tournaments also go all the way down to elementary-aged players who are just beginning to learn the game. He wants the events to be fun and beneficial for those kids, so they grow up to love the game just as much as he does.
“I love it,” Pastner said. “There are all these great players, but to me, the little third graders playing are just as important. I want them to have a great experience with us.”
From youth basketball’s biggest stars, all the way down to the youngest players, there is something for everyone at Bigfoot Hoops. The travel basketball season may not be on your mind just yet, but tournaments of this size take a lot of planning. Bigfoot Hoops is already registering teams for their spring events, so head to bigfoothoops.com for more information on how to get signed up.