The Shadow Knows Future Stars

<p>Ever wonder where Dickie V. and his compatriots get their information on the "Diaper Dandies"? After all, most of these talking heads think the phonetic alphabet goes Alpha, Bravo, Carolina, Duke. So many of the media types and coaches call North Liberty, Iowa to get initial scouting and talent information.

Van Coleman has written and published Future Stars magazine since 1980. A longtime basketball junkie, Van started writing for Midwest Basketball News in the 1970's while employed as a middle manager at Rockwell International. His basketball work was so highly acclaimed that he followed his heart and started Future Stars. Van was added to the McDonald's All-American selection board in 1983. Van also consults USA Today, Sporting News Top 100, Magic Roundball Classic, Kentucky Derby Festival, Naismith High school and college, McDonald's Girls All American, ESPN and Sports Illustrated.

A college scouting service was added in 1986. As a result, Van sees as many as 10,000 potential college players each year from literally all over the world. This scouting service is used by virtually every NCAA division 1 program.

However, Van's first love is the basketball camps, which he started in 1987. The Future Stars camps and shootouts are held all over the country. The camps give expert instruction to thousands of kids. In addition the Future Stars events provide the best opportunity for college exposure.

Adding camps to the publishing and scouting service has required Van to assemble an expert staff. Al Lorenzen, the "Vanilla Gorilla" to Hawk fans, Jim Anderson, Dan Wichman and Matt Haas help organize and run the operations. The staff helps gather information, and works with the student-athlete while they oversee dozens of camp instructors.

In the near term, shootouts are scheduled in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Madison Wisconsin and Des Moines. For dates and times, click on the future stars banner on our front page.

Recently, Al Lorenzen has spearheaded Van's entry on the internet at FutureStarsOnline.com. A new feature, eMagazine, offers the same unbeatable coverage as the printed magazine.

Van and Al do a radio show on KXTK, AM 940, in Des Moines every Saturday morning between 9 and 11. Be sure to tune in! There is a good possibility the show will be added to The Sporting News Radio Network this fall. Click on the banner on the front page to listen to the show online.

That's my take, but what do I know?

The Shadow


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