Courtroom Hoops recently opened a new basketball performance center in Hernando, hoping to bring more exposure to local athletes.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – “We love our junior colleges here in Mississippi. We appreciate every recruiter who gives our kids an opportunity in Mississippi, but we believe we have talent here in Mississippi that deserves a little more than the offers from JUCO,” said Courtroom Hoops Vice President Kemion. Green.
Although useful in most cases, school seasons are not always sufficiently exposed in the process of locking in an athletic scholarship.
Many players receive big scholarship offers by bringing the attention of coaches to the summer circuit.
Which, for many locals, requires travel.
“Go to other places like Atlanta and they host all these big events, you have local teams that have the option not to travel because all the big events come to them,” Green said.
“Mississippi has a lot of talent but it’s not capitalized and we have to bring that exposure to try to bring the exposure to give them better opportunities in that area,” Courtroom Hoops president Marchello Hunt said.
With that vision in mind, Green, Hunt and Greg Drumwright teamed up to create an NCAA-certified facility in northern Mississippi.
“If you create something where you have a platform where a hundred college coaches come to see this kid, you may have the opportunity to get somebody’s attention,” Green said.
In addition to attracting exhibition camps, tournaments, and coaches from major conference colleges, the Gatorade Fieldhouse located in Hernando Mississippi also serves as a training facility.
“I know a lot of kids who go to University of Memphis games or Georgia games and say man, I wish I could play on this court. Well guess what, you can play this field here inside Gatorade Fieldhouse,” Green said.
The actual courts once used by both the University of Georgia, Memphis, and even professionally by the Memphis Hustle, are now part of the field, and when considering varsity athletes like Mississippi’s DJ Jefferies, quality matters. .
As a varsity athlete, finding ground to train on regularly in the offseason has been a challenge for Jeffries, so far.
“I’m not going to lie to you, it wasn’t easy, one day, when you left college, you got out early. The kids are still in high school, we’re trying to hit my uncle, can I get in the gym? He said we have class now, you have to come a little later,” Jefferies explained.
Now practice space in the offseason is no longer an issue for him now with the new Gatorade facility as he prepares for his upcoming season with the Bulldogs.
“I just want to be able to come in when I want and work when I want, so this is a great opportunity for me and anyone who uses it as a platform to improve their game,” Jefferies said.