ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: KENNY HAIRSTON

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Pro Skills Basketball Alumni: Kenny Hairston of Limestone College

This month the spotlight is on jet-quick point guard, PSB club team alum, Kenny Hairston. Kenny played high school basketball at Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina and currently plays division II college basketball at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.

A little more information on Kenny:

2016-17: Appeared in all 33 games … shot 44.3 percent from the field (86-of-194) … shot 63.5 percent from the free-throw line (47-of-74) … recorded 55 rebounds, 34 assists, seven blocks, 20 steals and 277 points.

2015-16: Played in 17 games with one start … shot 27.7 percent from the field (23-of-83) … shot 27.0 percent  from behind the arc (20-of-74) … had a 57.1 free-throw percentage (four-of-seven) … grabbed 24 total rebounds (three offensive and 21 defensive) … recorded 18 assists, one block and six steals.

Davidson Day HS: Averaged 19.3 points as a senior and 21 points per game as a junior … dished out 3.8 assists per game during senior year … reached the career 1,000-point mark … named team MVP … earned MVP honors in the Lake Norman Charter Jimmy V All-Star Classic … two-time all-state selection.

Personal: Born Oct. 23, 1995 in Charlotte, N.C., Kenny is the son of Kenneth and Carolyn Hairston. He is a psychology major.

**Info from the Limestone Men’s Basketball website

Good luck this season, Kenny!!

 

 

 

FBI COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCANDAL PART II: HOW IT IMPACTS YOUTH BASKETBALL

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In part one of this blog series on the FBI college basketball scandal, I covered how I believe it could impact NCAA basketball as we know it. However, what many people don’t realize is this will have a tremendous trickle down effect into youth basketball, even at the middle school and elementary school levels. As stated in my previous post, this college basketball investigation could do away with the AAU shoe circuits, much of the showcase/player ranking events, and unqualified youth basketball coaches.

In fact, the college basketball scandal has already begun to affect the elite players from the 2018 recruiting class with many kids de-committing or taking the schools named by the FBI off of their prospective lists, and this is just the start of impact it will have.

The process is going to be long and slow as the FBI and NCAA will continue their investigation into college basketball as coaches will begin to give up more and more information. However, if this scandal is indeed only the “tip of the iceberg”, which I believe it is, then it will have a major impact, beginning with what could be the dissolution of the so-called AAU “shoe circuits”.

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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: Fall/Winter Select Team Tryouts Coming Soon!

Pro Skills Basketball Select CharlotteTryouts are coming soon for our 2017 fall/winter season PSB Select teams. This year, we’ll have fall/winter teams in Charlotte, Denver, and San Antonio. See below for more details on each city!

PSB Select Charlotte

Pro Skills Basketball Select CharlotteTryouts for our AAU teams in Charlotte will take place in both the north and the south. These tryouts will be used to fill in any open spots from our 2017 spring/summer PSB Select teams.

South Charlotte team tryouts will be held on August 1-2 and 8-9 at Charlotte Latin School for players in grades 4-12. You can sign up now on our website!

North Charlotte team tryouts will be held on August 13th and 20th at Lake Norman Charter High School for players in grades 4-12. You can sign up for them here!

**Please note, we are using a new online registration system, so all new and returning players will need to create a new account.

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HOW HIGH SCHOOL & AAU BASKETBALL WORK TOGETHER

high school and aau basketballThe Role of High School and AAU Basketball

Often times people describe high school basketball and AAU basketball as incompatible, one is good/positive and one is bad/negative, and typically, AAU basketball bares the brunt of the negativity.

While AAU certainly has it’s downfalls, as I previously wrote about in a recent blog article, it also has a ton of benefits that I’ve also written about.

However, I firmly believe that high school basketball and AAU basketball can and should co-exist. If done right, together, they can compliment each other and help kids become the best players they can be, and moreover, greatly increase a player’s chances to go on to play basketball in college.

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