PSB ELITE 17U UNDER ARMOUR ASSOCIATION CHALLENGE PREVIEW

By: Zain Motani

Pro Skills Basketball 15U, 16U, and 17U Elite teams will be participating in the Under Armour Association Challenge this week in Atlanta.

The 17U PSB Elite team faces a pair of teams out of Texas (Texas Impact; Texas Hardwork) and a team out of New York (NX Level) on Wednesday and Thursday before bracket play begins on Friday.

Below are some of the top PSB players to watch in Atlanta this weekend!

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WHAT IS THE JULY NCAA BASKETBALL RECRUITING “LIVE” PERIOD?

JULY NCAA BASKETBALL RECRUITING "LIVE" PERIODEach summer, for 3 weeks in July, thousands of AAU basketball teams and players take the hardwood around the country at AAU tournaments to compete in front of college coaches during what is known as NCAA basketball recruiting “live” periods.

Every year, the NCAA allows college coaches 5 “evaluation periods”, aka. “live” periods, during which they can hit the road and watch and evaluate potential prospects.

The NCAA actually has a whole men’s basketball recruiting calendar, and you can check out the 2017-2018 calendar here.

Two of the five NCAA live periods are in April, typically the last two weekends of the month, and run from Friday evening at 5pm to Sunday evening at 5pm.

The remaining 3 evaluation periods are always in July during the last 3 weeks/weekends of the month, but this time, the periods run from Wednesday evening at 5pm to Sunday evening at 5pm.

For various reasons, including the timing and length differences noted above, the July live periods are more important than the April recruiting periods for players hoping to get recruited.

Why?

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PSB PODCAST: Social Media for Basketball – Pick & Pop Series

Each week in the “Pick & Pop” series of the PSB podcast, PSB co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, discuss and debate a relevant topic in their world of youth basketball.

Last week’s episode was about DIII college basketball and piggy-backing off of that is this week’s episode about using social media for basketball, specifically college basketball recruiting.

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THE 10 SIGNS OF A CRAZY BASKETBALL PARENT

For the last 7 years, I’ve been fully immersed in the youth basketball world 24/7/365 through my organization Pro Skills Basketball. In that time, we’ve grown from 3 “AAU” basketball teams in Lake Norman, NC to over 80 club teams in 5 different US cities.

I’ve seen the basketball progression of kids that started with us in 3rd, 4th, 5th grade become high school players, and in one of the cooler experiences with PSB, I’m now seeing some those kids go on to play college basketball.

I’ve also had the opportunity to see a ton of other non-PSB players, teams, and organizations over the last 7 years, so at this point, I’m extremely confident when speaking about youth basketball after having “seen it all” over the past number of years.

Through it all, there has been much more positive than negative, but one of the more interesting things I’ve been privy to is seeing the kids who end up making it to the high school varsity basketball level and beyond, and those who don’t.

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NEWS: Paul Biancardi Charlotte Basketball Camp (Recap)

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The Paul Biancardi Basketball Camp that was held in Charlotte, NC on May 5-6 was an extremely successful event.

With a coaching staff of current D2, D3 college coaches, former college and pro players, the 80+ campers who attended had a full weekend of basketball skills, drills, competition, and education.

Check out the highlight video from the weekend below:

Coach Paul Biancardi was incredibly enthusiastic and active while coaching all of the participants throughout the weekend and had help from Brendan Winters and JD Ey of Pro Skills Basketball as well as local basketball skills trainer Nick Trull.

Campers participated in skill work break out sessions led by Nick Trull, group drills led by Coach Biancardi and Brendan Winters, games/competitions such a no-dribble 4v4 and normal 5v5.

One of the most valuable parts of camp is the basketball experience and lessons Paul Biancardi brings from his 20+ years as a college basketball coach and now currently his job as ESPN’s National Director of Boys High School Basketball Recruiting.

Check out Coach Biancardi’s talk below on the 5 things players can do right now to elevate their game, and in turn, help them get recruited.

Players did an outstanding job all weekend working hard and being coachable. Many of the players were from the southeast region, but some players came from as far as Toronto (Canada), Texas, New York, and more.

Some of the Charlotte Paul Biancardi Camp player standouts include:

Jaden Springer

Drew Pember

Zac Ervin

Handje Tamba

CJ Huntley

Jonathan Renois

Eric Rivers Jr.

Jackson Threadgill

Drew Patterson

Josh Massey

We’re really excited to be bringing more of these Paul Biancardi Basketball Camps to various cities around the US in the fall, so stay tuned for more locations and dates to be announced soon!

To learn more about these camps, please visit the official webpage at https://proskillsbasketball.com/paulbiancardi!