NEWS: Academic Showcase and Paul Biancardi Basketball Camps Now Available!

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Pro Skills Basketball is thrilled to announce the launch of our Showcase Basketball Camps in 2018! We have teamed up with some great partners to launch 2 different camps: Academic Showcase Camps and Paul Biancardi Basketball Camps.

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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: RYAN SCHWIEGER – PRINCETON

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Pro Skills Basketball Alumni: Ryan Schwieger of Princeton University

PSB alum Ryan Schwieger is this month’s alumni spotlight pick.

Ryan played high school ball at Weddington, a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina and then moved on to Princeton where he is a freshman this year (2017-18).

So far this season, Ryan is averaging about 15 minutes per game for the Tigers, and you can follow his progress and stats here.

A bit more information on Ryan:

Before Princeton
Ranked as the No. 13 player in the Class of 2017 in North Carolina by NCpreps.com … conference coaches’ pick 2016 and 2017 Southern Carolina Conference Player of the Year by the Monroe, N.C. Enquirer-Journal … named 2016 and 2017 Union County Player of the Year by UnionCountyHoops.com … 2017 NCBCA all-state honoree … Charlotte Observer first-team all-region in 2017 … all-time leading scorer (1,405) and rebounder (675) in school history while also holding the school record for most points in a game (42) and a season (622) and racking up 29 double-doubles … helped Weddington win three conference titles during his career … averaged 21.4 points, nine rebounds and three assists as a senior, increasing his scoring and rebounding averages from 10.5 and 6.9 as a sophomore to 17.7 and 7.9 as a junior … selected to the 2017 North Carolina All-Star game as a member of the West team.

**Info from the Princeton Men’s Basketball website

We wish Ryan the best of luck this season!

 

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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!!

 

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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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