WINNEBAGO, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — Local basketball players got some more exposure Sunday during a basketball showcase that was held in Winnebago at “Joe Buckets.”

It was the PrymeTyme 4 Life HBCU Showcase. The event was put on by Doc Cornell, a high school coach and an AAU coach former of Rockford who now lives and coaches in Michigan.

Most of the top high school players in Rockford were at the showcase including Mekhi Doby, Malachi Johnson, Tristan Ford, and Mike Jones.

The event is live streamed and made available primarily to coaches at Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It gives the kids exposure and helps connect them with the colleges.

“A lot of the HBCU schools don’t get a lot of notoriety,” said Cornell. “They normally don’t have the budget to go around and see a lot of kids, so what we started doing, we started live-streaming a lot of the events, so these kids can get the notoriety. So we started doing these events and in the last two years we’ve helped over 30-something kids get into college.”

This was the first showcase Cornell has held in the Rockford area. He’s held previous ones in Atlanta and in Detroit, and he’s looking to expand to Texas.