Mar
16

Top Basketball Programs Prepare and Play on Draper EZ-Fold Backstops

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As the craziness of the college basketball tournaments kick off this week, Draper is proud of our role in helping top programs from coast to coast get ready for tip off. Draper didn’t take any shots, we didn’t pull down a single rebound and we didn’t dole out assists, but our part has been just as vital to helping many teams make it to the post season. Draper didn’t suit up for a single game, but without Draper’s participation, many top seeds may be sitting at home this week. Draper’s role has been in helping programs prepare for and play games by providing top quality basketball backstops in arenas and practice facilities.

Draper can boast a role in the success of such big time programs as the NCAA overall number one seed, University of Kentucky, with backstop and wall pads in their Joe Craft practice center, and Number two seed, Duke, who plays their home games on EZ-fold backstops installed at Cameron Indoor stadium. Eleventh seeded Colorado also play their home games on EZ-Fold ceiling suspended backstops. Number 4 seed Indiana, number 6 seed UNLV and number 10 seed Purdue all have practice facilities that feature Draper basketball backstops as well as other products including wall pads and divider curtains.

The National Invitational Tournament also includes several programs that count Draper as a member of their team. Arizona, Oregon and University of Texas at Arlington have Draper backstops, wall pads and divider curtains in their practice facilities. The College Basketball Invitational features the University of Delaware, for which Draper provided equipment at their new practice facility.

In Women’s basketball, Draper is part of the programs at Duke, Purdue, Delaware, Florida Gulf Coast, Kentucky, Nebraska and Oklahoma who have been chosen to take part of in the NCAA tournament. The Women’s NIT includes UNLV, Villanova and Colorado who practice or play on EZ-Fold basketball backstops.

It may not be Draper backstops at the championship sites and it will not be our nets that are cut down, but with top programs practicing and playing games on our backstops, there is a good chance a member of the Draper team will be holding the scissors.

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About Neal Turner

I joined Draper in 1999 and came to the company with about 10 years of experience in the gymnasium equipment business. In over 20 years in this industry, I have been actively involved in all facets of the business including financial management, manufacturing management, research and development and sales management. Since joining Draper I have had the opportunity and good fortune to be involved with and help guide our growth from a small player to the position of being a clear market leader in the architectural gymnasium industry.

I am a member of CSI and hold the Certified Construction Product Representative (CCPR) designation from this organization. I am also one of Draper’s 13 LEED ® AP’s, so I have a good a understanding how gymnasium equipment products fit into the green building movement. I pride myself in keeping close tabs on tendencies and trends in our market and knowing good details on what is available in our market.

I will be sharing stories and information on topics related to the gymnasium equipment market that may be of interest to specifiers, dealers or end-users.