By Joe Henricksen
Bill "Flash" Flanagan has been running basketball camps and events for high school players for years. Now he's moving his reputable Fall Hoops Review to a location with the history that matches his own. The Flash's 2010 Fall Hoops Review, which will be Saturday, Oct. 2, will be held at Morris High School, home of the once prestigious and well-known Morris Shootout.
Although the Morris Shootout was at its peak in the 1980s and 1990s, the event still carries a sense of tradition and memories as it embarks on 25 years. Before the AAU world and July evaluation period went national for Illinois prep players, the Morris Shootout was the place to be for all the high-major coaches and the top prospects in the state. Flanagan remembers those days and felt it was a great venue to have his event, which is also a shorter drive for players throughout the Chicago area.
"There is a lot of history with that event," Flanagan said of the Morris Shootout. "I think it's pretty neat to be able to have an event at a place where there is so much great history. This is an opportunity for kids to showcase themselves and play with other top players."
The Fall Hoops Review brings out scouting services and talent evaluators, along with a host of small college coaches throughout the Division II, Division III and NAIA ranks. This year's event will also include two guest speakers. Former Peoria Central great A.J. Guyton, who was the 2000 Big Ten MVP at Indiana and played in the NBA, will speak with the players, along with NBA veteran Jeff Wilkins. The two-time college All-American is an Illinois State University Hall of Famer.
Flanagan is a former Division I basketball coach who has helped student-athletes gain the necessary exposure they need to have the opportunity to go on and play college basketball. The event is set up to provide exposure to all levels of potential college players.
Flash's events have included so many past Illinois prep greats in the past, including NBA players Shaun Livingston, Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Eddy Curry, Quentin Richardson, Shannon Brown and 2010 NBA Lottery Pick Evan Turner to name a few, along with current college stars D.J. Richardson, Demetri McCamey, Lewis Jackson and Sam Maniscalco. Many of the top players in the state of Illinois will be participating at this year's event.
For those interested in registering or for more information for Flash's Morris Camp, you can visit Flash's website at www.flashshoops.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (309)-693-8548