Posted by g on June 21, 2018 at 09:22:44:
In Reply to: Re: Is club ball more important than your HS season? posted by also been there on June 20, 2018 at 20:52:08:
: : : Need to have a reality check - the top players will get scholarships if they never step foot on an AAU court but instead go to high school and and play there only. With the summer and fall seasons, this may be 100 games per year.
: : : The middle tier payer may need some additional exposure in tournament play but what needs to be remembered is that AAU programs are businesses and the player playing on the Magicís number 3 U18 team or or one of the 10 junior team is paying the monthly dues and tournament fees needed to support the lifestyle of the coaches and other expenses.
: : I agree with the last post, that top players will get offered even without good AAU exposure. Remember that social media, nowadays, is a powerful tool by itself.
: : For the NAIA, D3 level player that is good enough for a "financial aid" package of some sort, it's important to work WITH BOTH your HS coach and AAU coach. They have to help put your name out there.
: : Even if your AAU team isn't an "elite" program, your AAU coach needs to make sure your team plays at least a game or 2 on the "main-stage" against the elite teams, so that you can get some scout exposure.
: : As for your HS coach, he or she needs to make calls and send emails/footage from Hudl or Krossover (whatever your HS uses).
: : So to answer the question "is club ball more important than HS?", I'd say it's JUST as important and that they work together.
: I agree, they both offer different opportunities. Son was noticed at club tournaments and then coaches followed up at high school games. D1 athlete with full ride.
Like said earlier, they need to work in conjunction. College coaches ask me in-depth questions about players that club coaches can't answer. Club can showcase talent and athleticism, but HS shows the person. I give my players freedom during the fall and spring for their club commitments and end my summer schedule the week before the July live period. My players get seen on their club team, but I get the emails and phone calls the Monday after asking me questions about them. I also advise my players to play club so they can get minutes against high level players, which is not something I can consistently offer as a public HS coach year round.
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