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We will discuss topics ranging from recruitment, academics, training, as well as other hot-button topics in the hoops community. If there are specific topics you’d like to discuss, please e-mail us at info@prephoops.com.

The D1 Delusion

It is that time of year.  High school seasons are coming to an end.  Seniors are in the process of playing their last games.  Yet some of them (and the people around them) are completely oblivious to the fact that the D1 offer they think is coming is not.  You are in February of your senior season!  Colleges have had four years of high school and three summers of grassroots[…]

By: Scott Burgess

AAU, Camps, or Both? Choosing The Right Summer Training Options

AAU, Camps, or Both? Choose The Right Summer Training Options. Youth basketball players in the United States have a wide variety of summer training options available to them, so when you choose how you’re going to improve your game over the summer, it’s essential to first determine what your specific needs are. The correct path for elite players is already well-established; you find the most competitive AAU team that will[…]

By: Prep Hoops Staff

Recruiting Series Part 6: Academics

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  Here we look at how important doing your work in the classroom is to the recruiting process. If you don’t do your homework you can’t go out and play!  That is a common saying when you are a kid.  The[…]

By: Scott Burgess

Recruiting Series Part 5: Character

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  One of the biggest aspects of the evaluation process for coaches is off the court character.  We dive into a few key parts of that. When talking to coaches about prospects, obviously a big part of what they want to[…]

By: Scott Burgess

Recruiting Series Part 4: Social Media

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  In the latest edition of the series we dive into the world of social media and how to use it to help you and how to avoid it harming you. The world has changed and a big part is social[…]

By: Scott Burgess

Recruiting Series Part 3: Do Not Lie

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  Today we look at this simple concept: DO NOT LIE! As a recruiting analyst, I want to help get player’s names out there so they will get the recognition and hopefully the college attention they deserve.  I enjoy nothing more[…]

By: Scott Burgess

Recruiting Series Part 2: Knowing Your Level

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  Today we look at knowing what level prospect you are.  Many times the perception the prospect has and reality are two very different things. One thing very apparent to me in covering recruiting over the years is every prospect playing[…]

By: Scott Burgess

Recruiting Series Part 1: Choosing a Travel Team

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  Today we look at picking a grassroots team. Selecting a grassroots or travel team during the spring and summer is one of the most crucial choices a prospect and their family can make when it comes to the success of[…]

By: Scott Burgess

When the Ball Stops Bouncing

Eight Life Lessons Learned in the Gym Basketball has been a cornerstone of my life since earlier than I can remember. Whether it was stealing a key to let down the hoops in my high school gym (Sorry Mr. Janke) or shooting in the middle of the night with the illumination of my mom’s 1998 Tahoe in the backyard, almost every significant memory of my youth involves a ball and[…]

By: Nick Carroll

When is specialization not so “special”?

In the ultra competitive world of prep sports, it has become increasingly difficult for young athletes to participate in more than one extra curricular activity competitively. Whether it is off-season training, leagues, camps, showcases, or combines, virtually every major sport has opportunities to gain a “competitive edge” every month of the year. We now see ad campaigns plastered with the notion of “No Off-Season” and “No Days-Off”. While I am[…]

By: Nick Carroll

Family Guide to Selecting a Grassroots Program

The intent of this post is to give families at all levels a brief road map for the information that is most critical to picking a team that will offer the most value for your personal situation. My experience with grassroots basketball includes 4 years as a head coach in Non-Shoe Sponsored programs, and 3 years as a head coach in Shoe Sponsored programs. This does not make me an expert, but it does offer a[…]

By: Prep Hoops Staff

How Early is Too Early to Begin Recruiting?

What age is a player is deemed to be a “recruit”? Currently, NCAA college coaches are not allowed to directly contact a prospect until June 1 entering their junior year in high school. In reality, the recruiting process begins much, much earlier than that. Whether it is through mail to the prospect’s school, communication through school/summer coaches, recruits attending college games or colleges attending recruits’ games, there are plenty of methods to[…]

By: Prep Hoops Staff