Four years ago, a pair of basketball enthusiasts sought a means to bring more college basketball scouts to Tampa Bay.
With that idea in mind, the Backboard Breakdown, a talent showcase for high school players, was created.
Reginald Burke Sr., director of Bay Area Hoops, and Preston Jackson, director of Big County Preps, established Backboard Breakdown to “give many athletes in the area avenues and resources to get exposed.”
“The Tampa Bay area needs a voice in basketball exposer and we want to be the ones involved in helping our basketball community,” Burke said.
Since its inception, several players that have participated in the event have earned college athletic scholarships. Some of the event’s alumni now playing in college include Malik Channer, formerly of Strawberry Crest; Trent Robertson, who played at Durant; 2014 scoring champion and Steinbrenner grad Keshawn Ingram; and Gary Hector, who last year helped Lennard reach its first state final four.
The fourth Backboard Breakdown sponsored by Bright House will take place this Saturday at the University of Tampa’s Martinez Sports Center. Big County Preps and Bay Area Hoops talent evaluators will observe and coach the 80 participants throughout the event in an effort to seek out talented prospects that can be promoted to collegiate basketball programs.
NCAA Division II, Division III, NAIA and junior college scouts have been invited.
Those schools include: University of Tampa, Saint Leo, HCC, Florida Southern, Coastal Georgia, Florida College, Lynn University, Auburn-Montgomery, St. Petersburg College, Southeastern University, Eckerd and Clearwater Christian College.
To sign up for the event, visit http://bigcountypreps.com/181/events/breakdown/.