West Side showcase provides college opportunities for local basketball players

By Allie Burger and Jacob Rogers

Chicago basketball guru Daniel Poneman has teamed up with NBA player Evan Turner to provide local high school and junior college basketball players a free opportunity to change their lives.

The Evan Turner Prospect Showcase is a day-long event that gives 250 athletes the chance to play in front of 150 college scouts and coaches from across the country.

Poneman says that about 70 percent of participants find success at the showcase.

Photo at top: Poneman started the showcase in 2010. It has grown from one two-hour session to a day-long event. (Molly Morrison/LOYOLA)