Posted by Team concept on January 27, 2017 at 14:56:30:
In Reply to: Re: Big O posted by Not entirely... on January 27, 2017 at 14:34:58:
: : : : : Not bad for a WCC, Big West level player LOL!
: : : : Big O is still ranked higher because he's the better player and the better prospect. Hopefully he gets the ball a few times on offense his junior and senior year.
: : : Don't need the ball!!!! Big O can get a full ride to just about any UNIVERSITY he wants without ever having to cross half court. He does plenty of scoring in the real season called Travel ball!! Undefeated national champ as a Freshman because he plays an important role for his TEAM. Winning does not need 5 guys to score a ton. AC Green, Rodman, Draymond just a few of many that understood that for winning teams like the Bulls Lakers and Warriors.
: : Real season & travel ball? Wait, what? This is exactly what is wrong with Basketball....
: The purpose of AAU/Travel Ball is a good one.
: Players and work on their game and improve; sometimes in a different position or with better players.
: But like many things with good intentions, greed and $$$ have taken over and corrupted it.
: And this is true of many sports not just basketball.
: Many kids don't play high school soccer and play club/academy ball all year around.
: Also true for girls volleyball, and also sports like LAX and Field Hockey.
: When it comes to club/travel/AAU sports, greed is not good. LOL
Agree with much of what has been said. Allow me to clarify what I meant by "Real" season. In my opinion AAU allows players to better display their offensive skill set over HS and as such it appears that colleges are using AAU viewing tournaments as their primary source of recruitment. The AAU season provides a better sense of how players rise/drop against consistent and better competition. In HS the talent level is extremely variable on any given night. Some players are also in a bad coaching/team environment and as such could be limited in terms of their growth. I still love watching HS ball, the student sections and the defensive intensity are a draw. And yes I do agree with the fact that the AAU game has become a lucrative venture for many to exploit, even if they started with the interest of the players at first it has certainly morphed in recent years.
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