Posted by Showcase dilemma on October 06, 2017 at 11:06:27:
If you are a college coach will you please explain to me why my son should attend a showcase.
In most instances these don't appear to be a true reflection of a player's potential but rather a gauge of much political clout the organizer has over you and your program. Some coaches have told me that they simply go because they have to be seen (or their program has to be represented) even when they are not actively recruiting a player attending. Pressure from the organizers that they will not encourage any of their star players to go to your university if you don't support them. Format that resembles an NBA all-star game (all offense and no defense) also does not tell them much about a player.
From a parent perspective I have heard frustration at the number of showcases popping up with no discernible benefit to their son. Time and financial investment are sacrifices that need to be made?
And from a player perspective, I have heard that the same players are always pre-selected to the best-20 or best-40 games irrespective of their performance on drills or games. These players would unequivocally be D1 players whether they attend or not, so obviously they don't really gain much from being there. Unless they need their ego stroked.
So my question is .... Are these showcases an extension of the corruption we are seeing in basketball at the moment? Who is gaining from these?
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