Re: Showcase events


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Posted by Knowing One on October 07, 2017 at 06:25:19:

In Reply to: Parent 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?

You ask who is gaining from these showcase events:

1. Fans gain, somewhat They get to see these "preselected" future D1 athletes show at least some of their offensive talent (because no one plays defenses at all in a showcase event). So there's that. People curious to see what some future college "sure-fire" prospect looks like before they hit the big time, get something out of it.

2. Organizers gain, monetariliy and the larger the number of better players they can get together in one place, the more their clout among other future star players is enhanced, thus perpetuating the myth that these showcases really help players gain exposure.

3. To the extent other lesser known players get to share the court with these preselected sure-fire D1 guys, they get to say they played with those guys. How'd you like to be able to say "I played with/against Lebron James in high school?" So yeah, while it means little to anyone else, it at least gives some of these kids something to remember.

4. Beyond that, "showcase" events are largely worthless. College coaches do not use them to recruit. They do nothing for skill development. The games are typically just an excuse for those participating to show they can dunk, and as I said, no one ever plays defense. They're great if you like that sort of thing, but if you're a parent trying to decide if your kid should participate, I'd say this: There are more important things in life to worry about, and if your son or daughter wants to just participate, or doesn't, just respect whatever decision they make. Look at the alternatives: they could be doing drugs, running with a gang, or any number of other things that are far more detrimental. On the other hand, they could also be doing academic work too. Hopefully you guide them to make the right decisions.



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