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Local hoops camp helps overlooked recruits

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North Side assistant Mitch Sturm runs 'MVP Classic'

Saturday, April 20, 2013 - 4:13 am

Nearly two dozen smaller college basketball coaches will be in Fort Wayne on Sunday looking for some overlooked or undiscovered talent.

Coaches from NCAA Division II, NAIA Division I and II and junior colleges will converge on North Side High School's gym for the MVP Classic College Exposure Camp, now in its ninth season under North assistant boys coach Mitch Sturm.

“We have coaches coming from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska and Kansas with scholarships to offer, looking to complete their rosters,” Sturm said. “Since we started this, we've had 137 kids receive scholarship offers.”

The free camp, primarily for seniors, is essentially full with more than 150 players ready for two sessions, and Sturm expects a number of players to get their chance to find a home for continuing their basketball careers.

Sturm pointed to one success story from last year, when Northrop's Jason Jordan was recruited by Brown Mackie Community College in Salina, Kan., and ended up playing in the national tournament, where Brown Mackie finished third.

“He was the top sixth man and next year he'll be a starter, and he's already getting looks from four-year colleges,” Sturm said.

Sturm said the camp also produces DVDs of the players for coaches who are unable to attend and are interested in seeing some of the skills of the local players.

“I've built up good relationships with coaches over the years and they value and trust our opinion,” Sturm said. “Coaches will come and say, 'We need this position or that position,' and we can help them find the kids to fit that.”