The Manchester Magic and Mystics Academy has named Steve Vear as its first ever United States colleges consultant.
The move is designed to give all EABL and WEABL academy players and parents the best advice possible when it comes to pursuing playing and academic opportunities in the US.
“It’s a major step forward for the Academy because it adds expertise in a key area,” said club chief executive Phil Gordos.
“We want to make sure our players and parents are equipped with all the right information to make the best choice for them.
“Steve has a lot of knowledge and contacts. He also knows British basketball, so it’s the perfect fit.”
Vear, 36, is well known for running Luol Deng’s global player talent camps and has since started She’s Got Next, a recruitment service helping female players in the UK gain scholarships in the US.
Based in Los Angeles, he played and coached in the UK before moving to the States three years ago.
“It’s no secret many UK players and parents have a tough time with the US college recruitment process,” said Vear.
“I’ve learnt so much over the last five years through my own research. I’ve also gained invaluable knowledge from some key people, like Jackson Gibbons, Lloyd Gardner and Shane Howard.
“I’m now in a place where I feel very confident that I can spread my experiences and knowledge to really make a big difference.”
Vear will meet Magic and Mystics players and parents for this time when he visits Manchester later this month.