Posted by Experienced Observer on April 15, 2019 at 12:41:07:
In Reply to: Re: Top Circuits NIKE,UA, or ADIDAS??? posted by Concerned Citizen on April 09, 2019 at 15:20:07:
: : : What are the Pros and Cons of each Circuit on the girls side ?
: : : Which circuit truly is the best?
: : : Thank You
: : A year ago, this was an easy question.
: : EYBL, then Addidas and it wasn't really close as to which was "the best".
: : However, now with UA getting into the mix, and with Steph Curry being vocally pro-girls, things may be in flux.
: : As for which is the "best", at this point it is probably EYBL - if "best" means prestige and weight with coaches.
: : But listening to people, it seems like the other leagues are catching up fast.
: : EYBL is of course the standard, as it was truly the only relevant circuit in past years. For the most part, the best girls played there, providing there was team that worked logistically.
: : Of course, there were plenty of non-EYBL teams that beat up on some of the EYBL teams, but in the eyes of the college coaches - EYBL has been No 1.
: : UA is the shiny new toy, and has some of the top girls in each class, and a few teams that people argue should have been EYBL teams anyway. But since EYBL was capped at 32, those teams didn't have a "shoe circuit" to play on.
: : The question is does the circuit have the organization down? Can the events run smoothly?There are always bumps in the road when you are just starting something this big.
: : When you talk about Adidas, it's really only the Platinum Gauntlet teams that should be discussed with EYBL and UA. There a ton of Gold and Silver teams. There are only 32 EYBL teams, and a certain amount of UA teams. The Platinum teams are supposed to be at that level.
: : With Adidas, last year you heard more about its quality improving (talent wise). They put on big events that coaches went to. The question is their choosing of teams, if they are as "picky" as the others.
: : So everyone is going to have their preference, but we won't have a better idea until after the Spring/Summer to see how it all plays out.
: : With now three top circuits, the talent level is more spread out, so the question will be is that too many.
: : The big thing is with less viewing periods/days, and more "marquee shoe circuit events", the girls that don't play on those teams and in those events are not going to have the same number of coaches looking at them.
: : And it's not just the BCS schools. Mid-majors constantly try to "overreach" with high end players, and key recruiters will no longer be at the regional level events, or at least won't spend the same amount of time and resources there.
: : Let's revisit this in the Fall and see how it all went.
: : Personally, I would advise if your kid is in her last season or two of club, she should stay in EYBL, if she is already in a good placement there. Switching to a new venue that is literally in the beginning stages is not a sound call for a parent who wants guaranteed exposure. All kids below that, or not already plugged into EYBL properly, would be able to take that chance and be just fine with whatever the outcome is this season.
Well, after this weekend in Orange County, you were able to see some of the Top Teams on the West Coast and all of the Top Circuits they are suppose to be playing on. First off, The Cal Sparks did a great job in putting on the 16th Annual Cali Classic, I was able to view all of the Top Teams in Cali at this event and it was a surprise to see some of these clubs play.
If you are asking questions about Circuits, here you go with a solid answer for all girls who want to be apart of some circuit out there.
Fact #1: You have to play any circuit if you want your daughter to be seen and also recruited by the major colleges and university around the country.
Fact #2: You have to choose which one; Nike EYBL (32 Teams), UAA (36 Teams) and Adidas (33 Teams)
Fact #3: In terms of being the first program to be around, it goes to NIKE EYBL; but in terms of being the most organized and College Coaches exposure in one arena UAA; Adidas takes last in everything else.
Fact #4: Talent wise, the teams I saw from all the circuits are pretty evenly matched.
Fact #5: If we had to put together a club ranking for the West Coast this weekend, it would go as so:
Cali Classic Rankings: (4-15-19) West Coast Draft
1. Cal Storm Taurasi EYBL
2. West Coast Elite 17UAA
3. Cal Sparks Gold EYBL
4. Cal Stars Valley Elite
5. San Diego Waves Basketball
6. EBO Black
7. Vegas United 17UAA
8. Troop West Black
9. GBL Derek Fisher National
10.OC Rhythm Black
11. Salesian Elite
12. OC Rhythm Blue
13. Cal Sparks San Diego
14. San Diego Sols Elite
15. EBO Team Fresh
16. iHoop2 Blue
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