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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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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ALTERNATIVE BASKETBALL OPTIONS – PREP SCHOOL & JUNIOR COLLEGE

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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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