The goal of every state champion blog series is to show a little love to the teams who straight-up dominated another season with Hudl. Squads from the Northeast, Midwest and Southwest have all felt it over the past week. Now, it’s time to wind down the countdown with a look at our 2015 basketball state champs out of the Southwest.
Every January through March, as Hudlies bounce from one clinic to the next, we often hear an array of feature requests from the thousands of coaches we interact with. In terms of how the requests were presented, this year was no different. What was different was the way one idea began to take over. It was everywhere we went, coming from the mouth of every coach we saw.
As we hit the halfway point in calling out Hudl state champs, now seems like a great time to cover the ‘why’. Why dig through every state tournament to pluck all Hudl users from the list of champions? Why spell them all out – boys and girls, every last class – in a series of blogs? And why the heck is everything linked? Nutshell: We’re too darn proud not to.
It’s time to talk about our 2015 champions of the Midwest. We tried getting a headcount of every matchup with its own exciting finish, but the total was a little higher than we expected. That’s not a bad thing! But when it comes to recaps, we prefer to keep things brief, so we narrowed it down to a few favorites.
The season may be over, but that doesn’t mean all hype has to wind down with it. There are some pretty awesome athletes on Hudl, and the opportunity to show off that talent shouldn’t be limited to a certain timeframe. It’s why we created a mashup of all basketball highlights pulling in a crazy number of views in March.
Every season, basketball teams get fired up with one huge goal in mind: Dominate the playoffs. This year, we saw some enviable matchups in every corner of the country. From last minute buzzer-beaters to underdogs taking the crown, it was anything but uneventful. Teams showed talent and composure to top our lists and ring in 2015.
In the days leading up to the 2015 Nebraska boys’ basketball state tournament, there was quite a bit of buzz surrounding the team from Winnebago. The bracket was full of Class C-1 powerhouses, and Winnebago hadn’t won a state tournament game since 1941, but they had one loss on the season and, despite hailing from a town of 800, an excess of senior leadership.
Our philosophy regarding video is “That eye in the sky don’t lie!” We film everything and take pride in our filming procedures. It’s better to see a wrong step in August and correct it right away – or even the next day – than to try nipping a bad habit in December when that state championship is on the line. And even if you don’t see your mistakes, somebody else will.
The turn from winter to spring has a lot of meaning around the Hudl office: Basketball state champs are decided, our annual trip to Vegas is only weeks away, and the clinic calendar has a new focus. As the mad rush of football conventions winds down, we have a little more time to target basketball clinics and athletic director conventions in every corner of the U.S.
Have you heard of Babatunde Aiyegbusi? No? Well, you should get familiar. The man hails from Warsaw, Poland, standing at 6-foot-9, 351-lbs. He has a dream to play in the NFL, but his journey hasn’t been that of a typical prospect. Aiyegbusi has never played a down of college football in his life – not one. He started as a basketball player before deciding to give football a shot. He’s pretty good, too.