CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Like most other sports, college basketball has become a year-round avocation. In fact, championship teams are being formed right now.
It may be summer time. But Islander women’s basketball coach Royce Chadwick is working at a frantic pace.
Chadwick will tell you that this s a make or break time for his program since the NCAA allows coaches just a limited window to evaluate high school talent
And that window is now.
With eight seniors on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s roster, Chadwick will have many roster openings coming up in about a year.
Chadwick is constantly on the road, looking for players who he thinks can make that jump to the Division I level.
“Well, it's a crazy time for the simple fact that we are on the road right now,” Chadwick said. “I just flew in from New Orleans today, I will be going to Dallas tonight because we are basically watching tournaments made up of all-star teams that have been put together by summer travel groups so we can go out and watch them.”
Chadwick is impressed with what he’s seen among high school talent.
“You know they just keep getting better,” he said. “There are not better high school coaches than Texas and they keep developing talent.
“They make players that are a little bigger and more athletic that are able to do more things that are really off the chart right now how good the high school players are and how good these high school coaches are building them up.”