BASKETBALL CAREER IMPROVEMENTS, MEMORIES & EMOTIONS: GRAPHS AND CHARTS

A Basketball Career in Charts and Graphs

I will start with a disclaimer: no scientific data was collected during my basketball career that contributed to the making of these visuals.

It was a completely subjective assessment on my part in determining how to best represent what I did and how I felt during my playing days.

I’m a BIG visual learner and I believe some of the illustrations below can help young players make sense of and truly understand some important lessons not just about basketball, but also the life lessons that sports can teach you.

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ALTERNATIVE BASKETBALL OPTIONS – PREP SCHOOL & JUNIOR COLLEGE

basketball prep boarding schoolMore Basketball Development after High School: Basketball Prep School & Junior College

So your senior basketball season is over and you have either no offers to play college basketball or you have some offers but aren’t interested in them…

Now what?

Well, typically basketball players have two options:

  1. Go to prep school.
  2. Go to junior college.

As with most things though, there are positives and negatives to both options.

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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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TRUTH ABOUT COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECRUITING SERVICES

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Why Parents & Players Shouldn’t Use Paid College Basketball Recruiting Services

College basketball recruiting services is a subject that fires me up and one I constantly get asked about by parents, so I want to delve into the truth about college basketball recruiting services in this post.

As I’ve said before, and I’ll say again, I think the majority of showcase/evaluation camps and recruiting services are a scam that use the confusion and frustration of parents with the recruiting process to make “easy” money. I am not saying ALL of them are scams, but I do feel that most of them are!

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A PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL PLAYER’S THOUGHTS: DE’MON BROOKS

De’Mon Brooks Davidson College Standout & Professional European Basketball Player Interview

de'mon brook davidson basketballDe’Mon Brooks is about to end his 3rd year of European professional basketball. After a short stint in Isreal and some full seasons in Italy, De’Mon made his way to Germany where he plays with Bayreuth in the country’s top professional league.

De’Mon is a graduate of Davidson College where he was a three-time All-Conference player and a two-time Conference Player of the Year. Few players have the drive, work-ethic and determination like De’Mon. Young players can learn a ton from his thoughts below. Enjoy this interview with De’Mon Brooks!

1. Do you feel like you have adjusted to life in Europe? What has been the hardest adjustment for you overseas?

With it being the end of my third year, I feel like I have adjusted pretty well to living here in Europe. With that being said, it did take some time to get used to. My rookie year was by far the toughest year because of the culture shock, on and off the court.

Off the court things like grocery shopping, driving around the city, and finding activities to do at night were a real challenge. Being in the states, we think everyone operates the way America does but that is definitely not the case.

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