Archive for July, 2007

AAU and High School Basketball, The Issue of CONTROL!

July 20, 2007

The big issue of AAU is control…who has the control of players? Their parents? Their AAU coaches? Their high school coaches? Shoe companies?

A lot of average high school coaches don’t like AAU basketball because they feel they can’t control and influence their players to the level they want.  Some of them do things such as hold back college letters using the excuse, “we don’t want this to get to their head.”  However, holding mail back is illegal and pursecutable by law but it seems no one has any harsh feelings towards those coaches.

There are some high school coaches out there who coached at the collegiate level, usually as assistants.  Because these coaches have been through the recruiting process, they usually approach the situation pro-AAU.  It is easier to see a great deal of players at the same event against greater competition than see one or two players all the way across the nation against an average high school conference game.

A lot of AAU programs are signed with shoe companies.  This makes it a lot more difficult to make your own decision.  The programs who are filtered money from Nike, adidas, or Reebok usually push their kids to college schools sponsored by those companies, however, in the end it is STILL the player’s decision.  A lot of the AAU coaches in shoe sponsored programs do do some of the things that average high school coaches do including hold back letter and information from certain schools, which is again wrong and illegal, but if a college coach likes you enough, they WILL find a way to contact you. Additionally, if a parent doesn’t like the way their son or daughter is being treated with an AAU program don’t blame all of AAU…get out of that program!  There are many other AAU teams that he/she could join if they are talented enough.  There are good AAU teams out their as well.

From my experiences throughout AAU and travel ball, it seems the best AAU teams are those who are self supported.  This way, there is no outside influences about players’ recruitment.  Usually, these are the teams who have grown up together and the coaches are in it for the best interest of the player.  In these programs, parents are playing an active role and are much involved with the AAU process.  These situations are the best because your children are with coaches you trust.

The bottom line is that AAU basketball has helped a lot of kids.  There are influences in certain programs but the majority of AAU teams are not corrupt as only a small percentage are connected with shoe companies.  Many players who would have settled for Division III basketball playing high school basketball have earned Division I scholarships through AAU and it is a program that cannot be denied.  It is here to stay, love it or hate it.


Humphrey, Dunigan to Oregon

July 16, 2007

The University of Oregon has just landed two of the top ten prospects in the state of Illinois for the class of 2008. Michael Dunigan of Chicago Farragut and Matt Humphrey of Chicago Hales Fanciscan have both offered their verbal commitment to the Pac 10 rising power.

This is the second time in three years that Oregon has struck success on the recruiting trail in Illinois. In 2005, was the first to break the news that then Thornton star Joevan Catron was set to commit to the school.

While the commitment may be surprising to some, it appears that more Illinois prep stars are looking to head west to play their college ball. Last season fellow Hales stars and teammates of Humphrey, Jerome Randle, and JaVale McGee both headed west. Randle headed to California and McGee went to Nevada.

This presents an interesting proposition for the University of Illinois as both Dunigan and Humprey had offers from the school and Dunigan was believed to be their top post target. The chips should start to fall for many of the top targets now that schools are crossing priorities off of their lists and the players are beginning to see how they may fall into place.

Schools Still Pursuing DJ Richardson

July 13, 2007

DJ Richardson is still being actively recruited and the list has not been cropped, but rather is still growing. So many schools are taking a look at Richardson that at this time it is too difficult to decipher a definite ten schools. Richardson is in the summer before his junior year. There is plenty of time yet before his list will be narrowed for certain.

Just this past weekend Ohio State, Texas, and Duke were among a host of schools to watch Richardson in action. At the same time, schools that have been in on Richardson from the beginning continue to recruit the guard. Richardson is still receiving mail from the likes of Bradley University among others. His most recent offer is from Steve Alford and New Mexico. To the best of Richardson’s knowledge, neither North Carolina State or North Carolina have entered his recruitment as neither has sent him anything nor watched him play as of late.

Richardson is coming off of a solid season that was hampered with injury. He battled a sprained ankle much of the season as well as a pulled achilles. There is a lot of talk about who the best player in the class of 2009. The upcoming season should be the year that creates separation amongst the top of the class as players continue to evolve and emerge on the court.

BlueprintSAS NCAA Certified Midwest Elite HS/JUCO Basketball Showcase

July 9, 2007

BlueprintSAS July 14th and 15th NCAA Certified Summer HS/JUCO
Basketball Showcase Sessions

Who/Where/Why: Blueprint Student-Athlete Services invites you to our
NCAA Certified Summer HS/JUCO Showcase sessions (July 14th and/or July
15th) at the Mac Sport Center in Verona, Wisconsin (411 Prairie Heights
Dr.) There are 2 separate divisions -a High School Division (Class of
2010-2008) AND a Junior College Division (incoming and 2nd Year
players). The showcase will be a tremendous opportunity to showcase your
skills in front of D1, D2, D3, NAIA, JUCOs and scouting services from
all over the Midwest. Participants will compete with and against some
of the top HS/JUCO talent from all over the Midwest.

Format: check-in – 10:00-10:30 AM
guest speaker – 10:30-11:00 AM
drills/dunk & 3-point contest – 11:00 AM-12:15PM
lunch break – 12:15-12:45 PM
team practices – 12:45-1:00 PM
games – 1:00-5:00 PM

*Awards will be given for the Top Player in each class, Overall
Showcase MVP along with Dunk & 3-point champs. Awards Winners, All-Showcase
Team and Recap will be on our site and sent to colleges all over the
country at every level (D1-JUCO).

Cost/Registration: The cost is $75 for one day (session) or $125 for
both days (sessions). (includes shirt/jersey and lunch) and online
registration is available at .
Payments can be made by paypal online at or
check/money can be sent to:

5418 Katie Lane
Madison, WI 53704

Last year as a 1 day event we had 120 participants and over 60 colleges
(including Wisconsin, Eastern Illinois, Oakland, Detroit, UWGB,
Northern Illinois, Loyola-Chicago, Nebraska, UW-Milwaukee, Winona State,
UW-Parkside, Northern Michigan, Minnesota-Crookston, Minnesota-Moorhead,
Lewis University, Bemidji State, Concordia-St. Paul and many other D1,
D2, D3, NAIA and JUCOs).

Please visit for further info or contact Seneca
Blue at 608-770-3682 or with questions/concerns. We are
filling up fast so get registered today to secure your spot, you
don’t want to miss it!