August 25, 2011
Basketball recruiting is inherently flawed. Over the last decade AAU basketball has risen to prominence and now college coaches evaluate and recruit players more on AAU games then high school games. The benefits for focusing on AAU games is obvious: coaches get to watch all the top players play at once, saving them time, money and energy. But the issue is that AAU basketball doesn’t always capture the finer points of the game and athletic scorers can more readily take advantage of unorganized defenses that would never be present in a high-level college basketball game.
Oak Park guard Max Forutan is just one of thousands examples of a great player being under recruited thanks to the flaws in the system. The 6’0 combo guard can simply play and always manages to make a positive impact when he is out on the floor. Forutan is a very effective scorer who knows how to put up points against any type of defense. Max has a very fluid stroke and has a quick enough release that his shot translates over to the next level. His range extends all the way to the three-point line but he is more then just a shooter.
Forutan has great handles and can drive the ball to the basket using either hand. His quickness is improving and once he gets into the lane he shows off a solid mid-range game, a nice array of floaters and the ability to finish at the basket through contact.
Forutan has spent the off-season working more on being a true point guard in order to help increase his attractiveness to college coaches and he possesses nice floor vision and has the basketball IQ to run an offense. While he doesn’t yet have an offer, Forutan remains confident his game and is doing everything he can to play at the next level.
“I just love playing basketball,” Forutan said. “I think I have the ability to play at the next level and I will reward any college who gives me that chance. I will do as much work as it takes and I really care about improving as a player,” Forutan said.
Forutan has received interest from Fresno State, Long Beach State, Cleveland State, Pepperdine, Cal Poly and Utah State and is open to any college at this point.
“I’m just focused on working hard everyday and hopefully showing people what I can do this season.”