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The Basketball Trainer vs. The Basketball Teacher

[SamRines.com] Social media and youtube has made it easy for anyone to become a basketball trainer. Trainers are no longer masters of their craft, they are the best at marketing their workouts to a player’s parents. When a trainer adopts…

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Where Is The Teaching In Grassroots Basketball?

[SamRines.com] Placing an emphasis on winning has halted individual player development. Win. Win. Win. Where is the teaching? Not the coaching, the teaching. Not the training, the teaching. Kobe Bryant said it best, “I hate it [AAU] because it doesn’t…

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Prep School: What Is It? Is It Replacing High School Basketball?

Prep schools are highly competitive, highly successful at placing their athletes in college, and transforming high school basketball as we know it. It is no secret that the ‘prep circuit’ is the most elite level of high school basketball, but what is…

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Basketball is being Suburbanized

The college basketball dream is dying. The majority of basketball scholarships are no longer going to poor kids in the inner cities, they are going to middle-class kids with college educated parents. The number of Division I student athletes coming from families…

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Recruiting: Why College Bound Players Need Highlight Tapes

If basketball is a game of entertainment, then highlights are the most outstanding parts of a game and/or event. That being the case, the main purpose of a basketball highlight is to entertain it’s viewers. Ballislife, Hoopmixtape, 8eye, Primetime Hoops, Mars Reel, and many…

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The Exposure Gap: Why AAU Is Changing And How To Adjust

Exposure inequality. In 1888, AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) was founded to create common standards and uniformity within amateur sports. In 2016, AAU basketball is anything but uniform, in fact, it has become unrecognizable. As sneaker sponsored teams (Nike, Adidas, and Under Armour)…

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How To Get Camp Exposure

Exposure. The basketball world is changing. Players are fleeing public high schools to play on the prep circuit, AAU is being conducted by sneaker companies, and camps have become a free-for-all. Everyone is chasing exposure yet journalists keep following the same players. The…

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Kobe Bryant’s AAU Coach Tells All

Background: Before he was drafted 14th overall by the Golden State Warriors, Joe Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s father, went to LaSalle University from 1973-1975. During his career, he played for the 76ers, the Clippers, and the Rockets before he began his overseas…

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Basketball Exposure: How To Get Exposure For Your Child

Exposure is about two things; 1) decisions and 2) timing. And for better or worse, exposure is an ensuing result from the decisions the parents have made. What school a child attends? What AAU team a child plays for? These are…

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Chasing the Division I Dream: A Note to Seniors

November 11, 2015 was the early signing day for college basketball. This is the day where teams such as Duke and Kentucky fill out their roster with top 100 prospects. But what happens to the seniors who did not sign with a…

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New York City Basketball Deserves A Comeback

What the fu**  is wrong with New York City basketball? New York City basketball is at an all time low. The Knicks and Nets are both performing far below expectations. St. John’s, Fordham, and Seton Hall have been struggling for the…

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Who’s Running Grassroots Basketball?

POWER. Big time players in the world of basketball are in a constant game of tug-of-war over who controls the power. Shoe companies are after their next star. AAU Coaches are after shoe contracts and the ability to promote their own kids.…

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Is Nike Killing Grassroots Basketball?

Sonny Vaccaro, the “Godfather” of basketball sneaker culture, was involved in some of the most profitable sneaker deals in history, including signing Jordan to Nike in 1984. He has worked for Nike, ADIDAS, and Reebok. But this is not about his…