Saturday, December 09, 2006

Northwest Hoops.Com

There is an interesting site on Northwest College Basketball Recruiting I wanted to share with you. We all of course are into football first, but with the resurgence of Northwest basketball, and with all the premier talent emerging from the area it is fun to keep busy during the Winter following basketball when the football season is over.

If you want to know what's going on concerning HS Basketball in the Northwest this is the site for you!

The man who runs the site is Phil Barnhart. He is the son of a school teacher and basketball coach. With access to the school gym and a place to go after school, he spent countless hours honing his skills in the gym as well as practicing at all hours of the day in the park in front of his house. From his own own experience, playing high school basketball for Washington Hall of Fame coach Bill Kelly at Cashmere, the dreams of winning State Championships and having the opportunity to continue to play basketball at a competitive level after high school can certainly be achieved.

Coming from a small high school in Eastern Washington, exposure to "big time" recruiters and high profile high school basketball camps and tournaments were not anything like they are today. He was fortunate to have been offered an athletic scholarship and the opportunity to play "small college" basketball at NAIA George Fox.

Most of his time over the last several years has been devoted to coaching and developing youth. He was the founder and director of the Cashmere Valley AAU Youth Basketball League, coached the Wenatchee Valley select basketball team and recently the Northwest Hoops-Oregon teams. The teams that he has coached have qualified or competed in the AAU National Championships eight times.

Having experienced the thrill of receiving attention from several Division I programs as a high school player, he understands what a majority of today's high school athletes will experience with the recruiting process. He felt compelled to provide a website whose primary purpose is to expose the high school basketball players in the Northwest, primarily Oregon and Washington, to a National audience.

Northwest Hoops has become one of the premier recruiting resourced in the Northwest! College coaches say that "they are on the site" all of the time, and that they appreciate the work that goes into it.

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