An Enterprise High School sophomore will get an opportunity to put his basketball skills on display later this month.
Quentin Hayes will be among the student-athletes involved in the first ever Alabama High School Athletic Association Elite 100 Basketball Showcase. AHSAA revealed participating athletes Monday evening.
The Showcase will be held on Saturday, June 22, at Hoover High School.
Coaches around the state nominated athletes for the Showcase, and the participating players were selected through a “meticulous process,” according to EHS basketball head coach Rhett Harrelson.
“There was a board made up of several different coaches from all over the state,” Harrelson said. “Coaches watched game film, highlights and gathered stats making sure to get the top players in the state.”
According to the AHSAA, the purpose of the Showcase is to “allow student-athletes to gain important instruction as well as exposure to college coaches in attendance.”
Harrelson said the “live period” for college coaches and recruiters to make contact with players has changed in the past few years, and the Showcase provides a great opportunity to bring college coaches together to scout the state’s best players.
As a freshman last season, the 5-foot-11, 145-pound Hayes contributed heavily to Enterprise’s first Elite 8 appearance since 2012. He made several big plays in Enterprise’s tourney matchup against Central, including a half-court buzzer beater at the end of the first quarter to give the Wildcats momentum.
He began playing with the varsity squad in the eighth grade.
“He played a couple of games as an eighth-grader for us,” Harrelson said. “He also played a lot of minutes last year as a freshman. He started games for us and really did a lot for us. To get this opportunity as a tenth-grader really shows how special he is.”
Harrelson also said he expects Hayes to have another impactful year for the Wildcats.
“We know he’s going to play hard,” he said. “He’s going to do what we ask of him, and he’s going to be a good teammate. He’s only going to grow as a player and continue to get better. Look for him to have another good year.”
Another Wildcat standout, the 6-foot-6, 205-pound senior Dallas Howell, was also nominated and slated to appear in the Elite 100 Showcase, but was sidelined by an offseason, non-contact ACL injury he sustained during a pickup basketball game.
Harrelson, who will be working at the Showcase, said he will be bringing Howell with him.
“Dallas is coming,” Harrelson said. “I want him to have a chance to experience the atmosphere. For him sustaining the injury and not being able to participate, I think it would mean a lot.”
Howell is doing well in his recovery process, according to Harrelson.