Pratt Community College men's basketball coach, Sean Flynn, represented PCC at Hoops on the Beach in Cancun, Mexico from June 13 to June 16. The Hoops on the Beach event is hosted by International Basketball Training, a player development company that works with athletes of all levels and ages. Flynn worked as an evaluator by watching approximately 30 games at the 15, 17, and 19 and under levels. Players at the event came from countries such as Belize, Panama, Mexico, Argentina, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.
"I met amazing young people on this trip," said Flynn. "I grew enamored with the competitive spirit of both spectators and athletes."
Flynn noted that players at the event were very physical, but not dirty. In fact, outside of the gym kids sparred and played tackle football.
"Contact is embraced as a positive teaching tool (in the Cancun area)," said Flynn. "Good sportsmanship is mandatory."
At the end of the event, Flynn spoke with a team from Argentina. After his speech, the Argentinian coach invited him to run his clinics in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the end of July, which he will attend.
Both of these events help with future international recruiting. In addition to the two international events he is working this year, Flynn also worked a series of clinics last summer in Australia. Two students he met at the Australian clinics will be attending PCC this upcoming fall.