ROCKFORD – Over the next two weekends, Rockford gyms will be packed with high school basketball teams, with players hoping to get noticed by one of the many college coaches expected to attend the Chicagoland Summer Showcase.
The event is the first of its kind in Rockford, as the NCAA sanctioned Rockford to host the big tournaments in the new June live period.
“The NCAA changed some rules so high schools have to host these live viewing periods,” Rockford Public Schools Athletic Director Mat Parker said.
Parker expects more than 100 college coaches from various levels to attend the weekends of basketball.
“It’s very important not only for our student-athletes here in town, but also the schools and programs that are coming to Rockford,” Parker said.
In a bigger sense, Rockford hopes a successful tournament of this magnitude can help draw other major tournaments to town. The IHSA is opening the bidding for its boys and girls state finals in conjunction with the new format beginning in 2021.
“Long-term, it’s really good for us because it shows not only our state, but nationally that we can host major events and that we have the infrastructure and we can work together in our community to do that,” Parker said.
The tournament tips off Friday with pool play the first two days, culminating with bracket play Sunday to crown champions across several divisions.
For a schedule of the first weekend of games, click here.