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2015 recruiting, July evaluation period - college coaches are free to move about the country

A look at the July recruiting period, where Steve Lavin and crew will follow top targets Briscoe and Diallo, and others.

John Alber

It's that time in July when college coaches crisscross the country, babysitting players they have recruited, stalking players they'd love to have sign a Letter of Intent, and longingly stare at the skill sets of teenagers who they think can keep the fan base happy for years to come.

The July Evaluation Period is here, where familiar faces will sit in gyms wearing polo shirts with their college's colors and logos.

No, we don't know which players St. John's is targeting - outside of New Jersey guard Isaiah Briscoe, New York Center Cheick Diallo and New Orleans scoring guard Brandon Sampson (who injured his hand last week and will likely be laying low for the next few weeks).

But we do know, given the likely departures coming after this year that the Red Storm will be active during the July Recruiting Open Periods, which will be:

  • July 9-13
  • July 16-20
  • July 23-27

CBS Sports has compiled a list of major events happening in the next few weeks, reprinted below. We will keep an eye for St. John's coaches who are noted as being at the sessions. We know Cheick Diallo and Briscoe will be at Nike Peach Jam and possibly at the LeBron James Skills Academy, and will be monitoring for where Steve Lavin, Tony Chiles, and the rest of the coaches pop up.

For more on why the period is important, and what coaches are looking for on every level, read this piece from NBC Sports as well.

Open Period Events For College Coaches

July 8-11

  • Reebok Breakout Classic (Philadelphia)
  • Hoop Group Elite Camp (Reading, Pa.)

July 8-13

  • LeBron James Skills Academy (Las Vegas)

July 9-10

  • Live Player Showcase (Suwanee, Ga.)

July 9-13

  • Adidas Unrivaled (Chicago)
  • Adidas Invitational (Indianapolis)
  • Double Pump Summer Tip-Off (Los Angeles)

July 10-11

  • Nor Cal Junior College Jamboree (San Bruno, Calif.)

July 10-13

  • Best of the South (Suwanee, Ga.)
  • Battle of the Best Summer Showcase (Atlanta)

July 11-13

  • Pangos Summer Sweet 16 (Long Beach, Calif.)
  • George McClellan Invitational (Houston)
  • Chicago Summer Jam (Chicago)

July 12-13

  • The Showdown (Philadelphia)
  • Hoop Group Elite Team Camp (Reading, Pa.)
  • Nor Cal Summer Tip Off (San Francisco)

July 16-20

  • Nike Peach Jam (North August, S.C.)
  • UA The Finals (Atlanta)
  • Peach State Showcase (Aiken, S.C.)
  • NY2LA Summer Jam (Mequon, Wisc.)
  • Double Pump Best of the Summer (Los Angeles)
  • Las Vegas Live (Las Vegas)
  • Great American Shootout (Duncanville, Tx.)

July 18-19

  • Fullcourt Press Cream of the Crop Challenge (Garden Grove, Calif.)

July 18-20

  • Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest (Manheim, Pa.)

July 19-20

  • All-American JUCO Showcase Elite 80 East (Augusta, Ga.)

July 22-28

  • AAU Nationals (Louisville, Ky.)

July 23-25

  • Live in Atlantic City (Atlantic City, N.J.)

July 23-26

  • AAU Super Showcase (Louisville, Ky.)

July 23-27

  • Adidas Super 64 (Las Vegas)
  • Las Vegas Classic (Las Vegas)
  • Adidas Hoosier Shootout (Indianapolis)

July 24-27

  • Fab 48 (Las Vegas)
  • Havoc on the Hardwood (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
  • Battle of the Best Summer Showcase (Charlotte, N.C.)

July 26-27

  • All-American JUCO Showcase Elite 80 West (Las Vegas)
  • The Summer Final (Philadelphia)

Also of interest:

July 31-August 4

  • Adidas Nations (Los Angeles)


  • Nike Global Challenge (Chicago)