THE TRUTH ABOUT PLAYING DIVISION 1 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Do you think you have what it takes to play Division 1 College Basketball?

Growing up, I remember turning on ESPN and tuning into Duke v. North Carolina or Kentucky v. Louisville or UConn v. Syracuse or UCLA v. Arizona and thinking, “now, that’s what I want to do and where I want to be.”

And I’m sure this is the same experience that many kids around the nation are still having today as well. They see the bright lights, masses of fans, sweet uniforms and shoes, all the publicity, and everything else that goes along with big time D1 college basketball, and think they want that.

However, the truth is, 99.99% of players will not reach this level, and even if they do, it’s not all bright lights and amazingness as seen on TV. No matter what level of D1 college basketball, whether low-major, mid-major, or high-major, there are certain truths that many players and parents typically don’t know.

I was lucky enough to have played D1 at Davidson College from 2002-06 (pre-Steph Curry FYI), and although I felt prepared to play there, if I had known the real truth about playing D1 college basketball, I would have been even better prepared.

With that said, recently, we’ve written about the truth about playing D2 and D3 college basketball, so now it’s time to write about the TRUTH about playing D1 college basketball.

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5 BEST PRACTICES TO RUN A GREAT YOUTH BASKETBALL CAMP

 

Thinking about running a youth basketball camp?

As Pro Skills Basketball enters its 8th year of summer basketball camps, it’s fun to look back and compare how we started versus how we run our camps today.

There is no doubt that over the summer months, depending on where you live, there are numerous basketball camps and activities to choose from, as the allure of running youth basketball camps is very easy to understand…teach kids, be around basketball and hopefully make a little extra money.

What’s not to love?

We know a lot of people want to test the waters of running a basketball camp, and we like to warn people about some of the mistakes that we made. So, here are our 5 tips to running a successful summer youth basketball camp.

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4 BENEFITS OF PLAYING ON THE AAU “B” TEAM

CMW_0295Here at Pro Skills Basketball, one of the main things we do aside from our basketball clinics and camps is our PSB Select “AAU” (also known as “club” or “competitive”) teams.

We’ve been running these AAU basketball teams for the last 6 years or so, and we’ve seen the tremendous value that AAU brings to young kids if done the right way. We now have AAU teams in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas, Denver Colorado, and Greensboro NC!

One of the things we do in our PSB Select club is, if we have multiple teams in a grade, we form multiple teams and break them up into “A” and “B” teams, which we label “Gold” and “Black” (our club colors).

We do this for a number of reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Not wanting to “cut” young kids who want to play
  • Ability to give more kids a chance to play
  • More efficient distribution of playing time
  • More efficient development of skills all-around

However, forming a “Black” team or “B” team always causes some issues, sometimes amongst players, but more often, among parents.

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NEWS: 2017 Summer Basketball Camps Registration Available Now!

Pro Skills Basketball is excited to announce our 2017 SUMMER BASKETBALL CAMPS SCHEDULE! Now in our 8th summer, we will have more camps, prizes, and contests than ever!

With camps in Charlotte and Greensboro, NC, Denver, CO, Sacramento, CA, Boston, MA and Philadelphia, PA, Pro Skills Basketball has established a network of camps that will allow campers in different locations to compete for prizes nationally.

Pro Skills Basketball 2017 summer basketball campsOur summer basketball camps are open to boys and girls in grades 2-9 of all skills and experience levels.

We are dedicated to teaching basketball in a fun and safe environment through drills, competitions, and games.

We are also very excited to announce the development of our PSB Summer Basketball Camps app.

Through the app, players will be able to find camp locations, register, see camp competition scoreboards, compare their scores to their fellow campers and the other campers across the country as well as stay up to date on all camp happenings in their area.

PSB is gearing up for the most exciting summer basketball camps we’ve ever had!

Sign up now for one of our 2017 summer basketball camps below!

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THE TRUTH ABOUT DIVISION 2 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

playing division 2 men's college basketballA few months back, my PSB Co-founder, Logan Kosmalski, wrote a blog titled, “The Truth About D3 Basketball“, which was really eye-opening for parents and players, so now I’d like to attempt to do the same thing with D2 college basketball.

There are so many incorrect assumptions and uninformed opinions out there that need to be corrected so that parents and players can make better decisions when choosing a college or university at which to play basketball, especially if Division 2 schools are an option.

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Check out this D2 college gym!

As I’ve said before in past blogs, I hear and see kids and parents turn their noses up all the time at anything that’s not D1. And that’s a shame because:

A) D2 and D3 have a lot of great things to offer.

B) Often times those kids aren’t necessarily even good enough to play at the D2 or D3 level.

The problem is they just don’t know the truth about Division 2 basketball, so in this article I’ve listed 5 things that parents and players MUST know about D2 college basketball.

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