Re: Why is City Section basketball nowhere near as respected as southern Section


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Posted by Lack of coaching on November 20, 2017 at 09:00:08:

In Reply to: Re: Why is City Section basketball nowhere near as respected as southern Section posted by Catch 22 on November 20, 2017 at 08:10:09:

: : : : : : : Just wondering

: : : : : : : Um, is this a trick question? Who’s asking this? Is the person asking this question new to girls high school basketball? The answer to this question is that there are so many more exceptional teams in the sourthen section than the city section, plain and simple. Not to knock the city section, but the city normally has one to two teams that can play against some of the better southern section teams. And I mean play, not beat the better southern section teams.

: : : : : There are some great city players and even some really good city teams, but because city has nothing to "offer" like free tuition to a private school, a lot of the good players get recruited by these private schools in the SS, leaving only a few great players here and there in the city. Lets be honest the only SS teams this board talks or cares about are the private schools. These SS teams are stacked with great players by heavy recruiting. It is a shame the city teams that can compete don't get more respect.

: : : : : When was the last time a city team won State? Enough said.

: : : ^^well that is because they get recruited out. Its not like there is no talent in the city, but can't win with 1 or 2 good players against a full stacked team that the private schools recruited out of the city.

: : For the most part, these kids/parents are the ones that initiate contacts with these schools. Can't blame them for seeking better academic and athletic programs.

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: All of the above is true. Private schools recruiting all the talented players. Then because they are doing well, better players seeking them out.

: This didn't use to be the case, especially on the boys side.

: But the rise of travel/AAU ball and everyone thinking their kid can play in college (free tuition), people (parents) are chasing basketball programs rather than putting their kids in the best school to succeed academically, athletically, and socially. Sometimes, those schools may be the same, but not always.

: The worst thing I see is these middle school parents "shopping" their kids to every private school looking for the best deal - again not taking all factors into account.

: Then, if they aren't good enough to play/start, they just transfer to somewhere they can play, etc.

: The good news, at least on the boys side, is City ball is on the rise. A lot of that is there is more really good talent to go around.

Coaching in the city section has been pathetic the last 10 years. When a city team is actually good and has the talent to compete they are getting badly out outcoached by southern section teams. Not only do all the better players go private, so do the coachs. Granada coach is solid, Judy has done a very good job over the years, especially in last year's city champion
game. You could tell she wasn't giving up and was still fighting despite being down 19 late in the third. Better everything in private, that's the truth.


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