State of the Game: Tony Dorado (Shoe Company Manager)

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with respected individuals in various roles and talk about the state of the high school and grassroots game. We interviewed respected national talent evaluators (Jerry Meyer of, Clark Francis of the Hoop Scoop, Joel Francisco of, a shoe company national manager (Tony Dorado of Nike), college coaches (Pepperdine University assistant John Impleman and Santa Clara University assistant Mike Peck), a young high school coach (former UNLV guard Justin Hawkins from Liberty of Henderson, Nev.) and a state title-winning high school coach (former Clemson guard Lou Richie from Bishop O'Dowd of Oakland, Calif.).

In part No. 7 of our "State of the Game" BIL exclusive, we sit down with Dorado to discuss the state of the high school game and the positive things he's seen grow in his time as Nike's high school basketball national manager as well as the negative influences. We also discuss some of the changes that can be made to improve the high school and grassroots game.

In our eighth and final part on February 9, we'll talk with long-time national scout and McDonald's All-American voter Clark Francis of the Hoop Scoop.

RELATED: Part 1 - Lou Richie (HS Coach)Part 2 - John Impleman (College Coach) | Part 3 - Michael Peck (College Coach) | Part 4 - Jerry Meyer (National Scout) | Part 5 - Joel Francisco (National Scout) | Part 6 - Justin Hawkins (Former Player) | Part 8 - Clark Francis (National Scout)

Ronnie Flores is the national Grassroots editor of He can be reached at [email protected]. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @RonMFlores