4 BENEFITS OF PLAYING ON THE AAU “B” TEAM

CMW_0295Here at Pro Skills Basketball, one of the main things we do aside from our basketball clinics and camps is our PSB Select “AAU” (also known as “club” or “competitive”) teams.

We’ve been running these AAU basketball teams for the last 6 years or so, and we’ve seen the tremendous value that AAU brings to young kids if done the right way. We now have AAU teams in the Charlotte and Lake Norman areas, Denver Colorado, and Greensboro NC!

One of the things we do in our PSB Select club is, if we have multiple teams in a grade, we form multiple teams and break them up into “A” and “B” teams, which we label “Gold” and “Black” (our club colors).

We do this for a number of reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Not wanting to “cut” young kids who want to play
  • Ability to give more kids a chance to play
  • More efficient distribution of playing time
  • More efficient development of skills all-around

However, forming a “Black” team or “B” team always causes some issues, sometimes amongst players, but more often, among parents.

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THE TOP 6 BENEFITS OF AAU BASKETBALL

Benefits of AAU BasketballIn my last blog post, I wrote about the problems with AAU basketball, but as I stated in the article, as an AAU coach and club director with Pro Skills Basketball (PSB) Select, I’m actually a proponent of AAU.

I’m not an outsider taking shots at something I know nothing about.

Rather, I simply think that some of the problems with AAU basketball could be solved if parents, coaches and organizations were, number one, aware of the issues, and number two, took some relatively easy steps to correct the problems.

Regardless, for this blog post, I want to flip the lens and examine the benefits of AAU basketball.

Once again, I’m talking about AAU basketball as the “catch-all” term like Kleenex and not speaking specifically about the real AAU basketball organization, although many, if not all of the benefits, do apply to the real AAU.

My last caveat is that, when talking about the benefits of AAU basketball, I’m talking about AAU done the right way.

What does that mean you may ask?

To me, that means the team is coached by an experienced and knowledgeable coach, has positive and supportive parents, focuses on skill development and teaching over winning championships and/or going to “showcases” at a young age.

AAU basketball done right focuses on the bigger, long-term picture over the short-term, win-at-all-costs mentality. That’s why it’s vital that players find the right AAU program or team, and once they do, AAU becomes highly beneficial!

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TOP 5 THINGS COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACHES LOOK FOR IN RECRUITS

What College Coaches Look For in Recruits 2What do college basketball coaches look for in recruits?

The spring NCAA basketball “evaluation” periods are coming up the next two weekends in April and then again repeating for 3 weeks in a row in July.

During this time, college coaches are allowed, per the NCAA, to watch AAU basketball teams in person around the country in order to evaluate potential college prospects.

I thought it’d be a perfect time to write about what these college basketball coaches look for when evaluating a potential college basketball recruit. Parents and players (and even AAU coaches) often times have no idea what college scouts are looking for in their evaluations, so they end up focusing their energy and efforts on the wrong things.

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ESPN’s PAUL BIANCARDI ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECRUITING

Paul Biancardi ESPNRecently, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Paul Biancardi, ESPN’s national director of recruiting, and ask him some questions about college basketball recruiting.

Paul Biancardi has coached at the highest level in the game as a head coach and an assistant. He was an assistant coach at St. Louis, Ohio State and Boston College before becoming the head coach of Wright State, where he was named Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2004.

The below questions are a quick, helpful read for players who want to play basketball in college as well as parents and coaches who want to help their kids/players get there.

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NEWS: OVER 20 COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS IN 3 YEARS

Pro Skills Charlotte College Basketball Players

Pro Skills Basketball of Charlotte has helped over 20 players go on to play college basketball in only 3 years! Specifically, through our competitive grassroots basketball club, PSB Select, we’ve been able to teach and coach players while also helping them get the exposure they need to be recruited to play college basketball. The list is not even finished as some players in the class of 2016 have not committed or signed yet, but the list includes 15 Division I college basketball players!

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