Scott Burgess

Scott Burgess
Scott Burgess is a high school basketball scout and recruiting analyst for Prep Hoops Illinois. Scott has been a mainstay in Illinois recruiting circles over the last half decade breaking stories on the latest happenings in recruiting and evaluating the state's top players throughout the year. His most recent position has been with Scout.com and IlliniPlaybook.com. He will continue to bring his top notch scouting and recruiting information to the readers of Prep Hoops Illinois. Scott has contributed to numerous websites over the years and has appeared on radio shows across the country. Throughout his young career he has gained knowledge in scouting, journalism, and web design. He ran his own high school basketball recruiting, NBA Draft, and NFL Draft website while in high school. After completing high school he graduated from Missouri Baptist University with a degree in sport management where he worked with many organizations and events such as the MLB All-Star Game, Women's Final Four, and several St. Louis Sports Commission events. Basketball is his true passion and he enjoys running events as well. He has worked with the Nike Hoop Jamboree/Nike Elite 100 for the past six years as an administrative assistant. This prestigious camp features the top underclassmen in the nation. He has also helped in the event management of the Nike Global Challenge which was held in Chicago in 2014 hosting elite prospects from the United States along with four international teams. Scott has also served as assistant camp director and media coordinator for the Fab Frosh Camp in Atlanta introducing the premier rising freshman to the nation. What separates Scott is scouting ability. He understands how to evaluate prospects and what it takes for players to get to the next level. He has great enthusiasm and passion for basketball in the state of Illinois. College coaches, high school coaches, AAU coaches, and the prospects themselves enjoy working with him. He enjoys nothing more than seeing players from Illinois succeed and make an impact at the next level. You can follow Scott on twitter at @scottybscout

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Derrick Smith

Derrick Smith
Derrick grew up in Columbia, Missouri where he was a standout basketball and football player. He went on to study Sports Management at Southeast Missouri State where he also worked for the Athletic department. He also was involved in Sports Management Society and was President of his Fraternity Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Inc, He graduated in 2013. He spent his summers helping out youth in Columbia with basketball athletic training and skill development. He helped assist in the founding of MoElite Skills Academy which provides skill training, camps, and promotes community involvement within its participants. He has a passion for the game and always looks forward to spending time in the gym. Derrick relocated to the Chicago suburbs in 2015, and will be covering games throughout the Chicagoland area. You can follow Derrick on Twitter @DerrickSmith_06 or email him [email protected]

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Steve Parham

Steve Parham
Steve is a former high school student-athlete in the states Illinois and Maryland, where he won a state championship before graduating from Bennett High School in Salisbury, Maryland. He played three years of collegiate basketball before finding his true calling of coaching. Parham began coaching in 2006 for Morgan Park High School in Chicago. From there he would go on to the junior college ranks where he assisted numerous four year schools in landing talent from the Chicago area. Steve is a gym rat and hoops junkie. He often travels to gyms across the state of Illinois (sometimes in the same day) to evaluate talent and enjoy watching games. Currently Steve coaches high school and junior college basketball. He also serves as an aid to many college programs, helping them locate players that meet their needs. Parham states that he "plans to leave no stone unturned in search of top talent in the basketball mecca of Chicago." Steve can be reached at [email protected] or on twitter @coachSpham.

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