Westland High School boys basketball coach Todd Parker and girls basketball coach Hugo Quint are hoping busy offseasons will make a difference for their teams this winter.

Westland High School boys basketball coach Todd Parker and girls basketball coach Hugo Quint are hoping busy offseasons will make a difference for their teams this winter.

Both programs have been participating in summer leagues and scrimmages, and players also are competing at the AAU level.

According to Ohio High School Athletic Association rules, coaches are allowed to guide their teams for 10 days from the beginning of June through the end of July.

Parker used those days for scrimmages and to participate in the Central Ohio Shootout at the USA Sports Academy in Columbus on June 28 and 29.

"We've been as busy as usual, but we've been having much more success than the past few years," Parker said. "We have some kids returning and they've played together, and I think they really enjoy playing together. They really take pride in going out there and showing they're a good team. I've found with the best teams I've coached that what happens is the kids want to play and this group wants to play. I've had no problems getting eight, nine, 10 of them showing up every time."

J.J. Smith, who will be a senior in the fall, is hoping to make an impression on college coaches. He has participated in Westland's scrimmages and also is playing AAU for the Ohio Playmakerz.

Parker said several colleges have contacted him about Smith.

"It's important to stay busy and stay in shape during the summer," Smith said. "We're looking real nice. I try to play all day, every day. We always get together and play around on campus (at Ohio State), everywhere."

Smith joined 2012 Westland graduates Kris Carius and Will White to play in an all-star game against a team from Indiana on July 14 in Portland, Ind.

Smith scored 10 points in the Ohio team's 129-94 win. White scored 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Carius finished with six points.

Parker nominated Smith, White and Carius for the team.

"All three did well and Ohio won, so I was pretty happy to see that," Parker said.

The Ohio team also featured Jordan Cowgill, a 2012 graduate of Thomas Worthington who scored 22 points.

Girls program having productive summer

The girls program's offseason has included participating in a summer league at Hilliard Bradley.

Other teams included Centennial, Central Crossing, Bradley, Hilliard Darby, Hilliard Davidson, Jonathan Alder, Ready, Upper Arlington and Watterson.

The program also has participated in three shootouts at Ohio Dominican University.

Quint estimates his program has played in 28 games this summer.

"Over the years I've changed how I do things," he said. "I really wanted to use all my (10) days in June and really give the kids some time off. There comes a time not abusing them also."

Quint said he used the summer to help determine his roster for the winter and also develop players within the program.

"Summer has been a development period as opposed to win at all cost," he said. "I know there's coaches out there who want to win everything. That's fine and dandy. Our core kids understand what we were doing and they know what we're capable of doing, so it was a very productive summer."

Quint said about 15 girls have played AAU, including Tanesha Dixon, Christina Simpson and Hunter Kershaw. They are expected to be key players this winter.

Dixon and Simpson, who will be juniors in the fall, have played for the Ohio Lady Force program. They have played games in Lexington, Ky., Indianapolis and Toledo.

Kershaw, who will be a sophomore, is playing for the Ohio Lady Jayhawks.

"AAU puts you in game situations to make you extend your skills as a player and it helps me learn how to hustle," said Simpson, who is in her second year playing AAU. "Playing with Tanesha helps our chemistry a lot because we've been playing since seventh grade."