FBI COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCANDAL PART I: HOW IT IMPACTS NCAA BASKETBALL

College Basketball Corruption ScandalThe FBI college basketball scandal has stunned many people around the US. The NCAA corruption investigation reports that 4 college basketball coaches took bribes in order to funnel their players who were going pro to certain financial managers and other service providers.

It also reports that Adidas and some shoe team coaches, paid money to elite level youth players to go to Adidas schools. For a very clear outline of the college basketball scandal, I would suggest checking this out at SB Nation.

I’m no legal expert, so not here to talk about the legal ramifications or explain in detail the corruption investigation, but having spent the last 6 years involved in the youth basketball world, and specifically the AAU scene through our PSB Club Teams, including the “elite” AAU scene through our PSB Elite teams, I’ve seen and heard about a multitude of shady and corrupt basketball related activities and stories.

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NEWS: PSB Back to China for Clinics & 3v3 Tournament

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Brendan Winters, Director of PSB China, and his brother, Ryan, a former Elon University basketball player and current PSB Charlotte coach will be headed over to China from October 1-9 for a few clinics and a 3 on 3 tournament. This will mark Brendan’s third trip over to China and Ryan’s first.

Ryan Winters Elon | Pro Skills Basketball China
Coach Ryan playing at Elon v UNC!

Coach Ryan played at Elon from 2011-15 and has been coaching with Pro Skills Charlotte since he graduated. He had this to say about the China trip: “I’m really excited to go to China for my first time. It sounds like an amazing country and, from what I’ve heard, they love basketball, so it should be a great experience for me. I hope I can make it an awesome experience for the kids we’re coaching as well!”

The duo will start their trip in Chengdu where PSB is operating full-time. On Oct. 2nd, Brendan and Ryan will lead a skills clinic for Chinese players who, the following day, will be taking part in a PSB 3 on 3 tournament. After the clinic and 3 on 3 tournament, the brothers will depart on the 4th to Wenzhou.

On October 5th, Brendan and Ryan will conduct 2 PSB clinics as well as plan the final details with the Wenzhou partners to open up PSB full-time beginning this winter. On the 6th, the 2 coaches will then head to Ningbo, about 2 hours away, for another Pro Skills Basketball clinic.

Finally, the pair will will make their way to Shanghai on October 7th and 8th where they plan to take in the Golden State Warriors v. Minnesota Timberwolves in the final game of the NBA’s annual Global Games.

Pro Skills Basketball is extremely excited about our expansion into China and it’s youth basketball scene. There is so much potential to develop and impact great youth basketball players, and we’re honored to have a chance to play a small part in that.

If you want to read more about Pro Skills Basketball China, please go to our homepage here as well as follow us on Instagram and Twitter accounts!

 

 

HOW TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA FOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECRUITING

Social Media for College Basketball RecruitingSocial media can be a great tool to aid college basketball prospects in their recruitment. Of course, social media can hurt a prospects recruitment as well if used the wrong way, and there have been plenty of articles written on this subject, including this ESPN article.

In fact, it has been said that social media has NEVER got a kid a scholarship, but it has most certainly lost more than a few kids scholarship offers. With that said though, I’d like to focus on the positive side of social media and provide tips on how basketball players can use it to help in their recruitment.

First, I’d like to make it very clear, again, that social media by itself CANNOT get an athlete a college basketball scholarship. The players on-court performance and off-court school grades will determine this, for the most part. Like I’ve written about before there are more than a few “checkboxes” that have to be checked off before a player even becomes a college prospect.

Once those are checked off, then there are some tools that can be used to aid in recruitment, such as a good AAU team, highlight films, emailing college coaches, etc. And the use of social media is just another such example of a tool that, if used properly, can help increase a prospects chances of getting recruited to play college basketball.

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