In May of 2017, three of the Triangle Blazers Basketball Club upperclassmen in Cary, North Carolina held a recruiting workshop for the club’s underclassmen.
These three high school graduating seniors met with their basketball club underclassmen to share with them their experiences on their own recruitment into college. Benjamin will be attending Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC, Harrison will be attending Grove City College in Grove City, PA, and Jacob Thornton will be attending Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. All three had played with the Triangle Blazers Basketball Club in Cary, NC.
The boys talked about their recruitment process that included putting together action plans, working to the plan, and communicating with college basketball coaches.
They shared funny stories about Coach Michael attending elite camps and college visits with them including one time when Coach Michael left his luggage in his car back in Cary, NC and attended Washington and Lee’s elite camp in Lexington, Virginia with only the clothes on his back. Coach Michael was not happy that this tale was shared! (There was a quick trip to the store in Lexington for essentials).
Sharing information about the recruiting process was an import objective of the workshop, but not the only objective. According to Coach Michael; “Our club’s vision is to develop leaders. Young men of character who reach out and play it forward by helping others. We are consistently looking for opportunities to put our guys in situations where they are called upon to be leaders. This workshop is yet another example of it.”
Ray Thornton, Jacob’s dad, sensed some apprehension in the parents and stood up at the end to share that while the process can be overwhelming, that resources like Coach Michael and teammates are there with you as you go through this process and help in many ways.