Reaching Higher Information



2015 Reaching Higher Showcases Recap - Stories, Photos, Video

2015 Highlight Video 
Five questions answered about Reaching Higher 

*Girls' Showcase to be held Monday, July 25, 2016 at Milford High School
*Boys' Showcase to be held Wednesday, July 13, 2016 at Milford High School 

2016 Girl's REGISTERED Players (updated 7/11/16)
2016 Boy's REGISTERED Players (updated 7/11/16)

2016 Boy's Selection Committee.
2016 Girl's Selection Committee

Speaker at Boy's Showcase: Carlton Valentine (biography)
Boys Showcase Itinerary (July 13)
Girls Showcase Itinerary (July 25) 


2016 Showcase Timeline

JANUARY 2016:  Nominations can be submitted by going to and clicking on the "Reaching Higher" link.  Online nominations are preferred over paper forms if possible. Coaches should complete and submit the nomination form only for worthy candidates. Coaches should also contact their Reaching Higher Selection Committee Representative [a list of representatives may be found above and at]. Coaches may send game film, stats and associated relevant data to their regional representative.

FEBRUARY 15 : Deadline for nomination forms to be submitted.

FEBRUARY 21 : The Reaching Higher Showcase Committees will meet at the MHSAA Office. The committees will select ~125 girls and ~125 boys.

FEBRUARY 28: Selected players will be posted at and Coaches should check the posted list and contact their players immediately. The MHSAA will send a packet to the player (via the high school athletic director) which will contain an acceptance letter, detailed event information and detailed registration information. BCAM will send out an email to high school coaches detailing the above-mentioned information.

May 1 : Deadline for players to ACCEPT or DECLINE the invitation by submitting the completed registration form. Additional players may be added to the Reaching Higher Showcase roster at this point if needed.

May 19: Alternates invited.

June 15: Absolute last day to submit registration information and payments.

Monday, July 25, 2016 : Girls Reaching Higher Showcase, Milford High School.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 : Boys Reaching Higher Showcase, Milford High School.

Further Questions? Contact GIRLS: Coach Tim Conley (989) 928-2508 or Tim Reznich (248) 505-1241   BOYS: Coach Rich Moffit (989) 329-8398


Reaching Higher Basketball Experience


Because of special school rules to limit coaches’ compensation, national travel and live television, it is less apparent in Michigan than in some other parts of the country; but there is widespread opinion that amateur basketball is out of control in America.  That it’s in shambles, operating too much outside of school/college control, but in the hands of corporate interests and unregulated agents.  That it’s jeopardizing skill levels and team play so much that we are failing in international play.  That it’s jeopardizing the amateur status of players and the integrity of contest results.  There is a sense that the sickness of boys and men’s basketball is infecting the purer women’s game as well as lower profile sports.

Because the elite athlete has not been the primary focus of school sports, interscholastic athletic administrators have avoided designing special programs for specially gifted student-athletes.  More recently, however, there is the growing opinion that there is some danger that the corruption of the college recruiting process in basketball is spreading to other sports and settling to younger and younger athletes each year.  Preserving the health and integrity of interscholastic athletics generally may require a more proactive approach to this special population of players.

The “Reaching Higher” program is the name given to Michigan’s effort.  It includes not only the basketball event to provide assistance in a safe, inexpensive, educational environment to those who may have potential to play intercollegiate basketball at some level; but in time the program will involve other initiatives to help establish, maintain and strengthen the link between youth and schools. To have youth players aim to play for their school team and have high school players focused on their school team and their educator/coach more than non-school programs.

Because this is a joint effort of the Michigan High School Athletic Association and the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan, the “Reaching Higher” experience is also strengthening the strong bond between two organizations that have the best interests of schools and students at heart, and together they may be establishing a model for other high school sports in Michigan.