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High School Hoop Hopefuls

Central New York is home to many hoop hopefuls. And on Thursday some high school basketball players are getting an opportunity to play in front of coaches that could help their futures.

Central New York is home to many hoop hopefuls.  And on Thursday some high school basketball players are getting an opportunity to play in front of coaches that could help their futures.

He shoots...he scores.  For those involved in the King of Kings Boys’ Prospect league they say playing this summer could help them score in the future as well.

“There's just a lot of good competition here--kids from all over.  He was telling me there's just so much competition,” says Troy Temara, of Camillus.

But these athletes aren't just coming out here for a fun summer league.  This is providing them an opportunity that they wouldn't have anywhere else in Central New York.

“We're able to have division one coaches during a certain period in July and then we're able to have coaches attend whenever they want.  Because of that we're able to get this sort of talent,” Jeff Mlinar, College Prospect Commissioner.

This is the first year the college prospect league is NCAA sanctioned.  Over the course of the summer about 75 college coaches plan to attend games to scout prospects.

“What everyone complains about is no one wants to come here to watch.  We're Utica we're Rome.  Coaches don't come here they don't pay attention to us.  Now we have all of this talent coming to one central location and it happens to be Utica,” says Mlinar.

Which is why many athletes are saying this…

“Yup, all summer I’ll be here,” Zach Radz, of Troy.

The King of Kings Prospect League plays every Thursday night at Notre Dame High School starting at 6 p.m.

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