Thursday, August 4, 2011

Another Reason Why Mid-Major Basketball Is Great

You will get less of players and parents like this as you move on down to lower levels of college basketball, where the recruiting is more about fit and guys that are overlooked, and less about hype and rankings.

Initially he tried to avoid the appearance of favoritism by opting not to rank Jerron's age group, but he said he soon changed his mind. Clark Francis, the editor and publisher of The Hoop Scoop, a scouting service that offers annual subscriptions for $499, dropped Jerron in his national rankings, from 10th to 50th. This infuriated Love. In response, he posted his own set of rankings, with Jerron perched atop the list. Love also fired away at Francis on Middle School Elite, describing him as "notorious" and as someone who makes a "mockery of the game."
Which reminds me - if you haven't read "Play Their Hearts Out: A Coach, His Star Recruit, and the Youth Basketball Machine" by George Dohrmann, run (don't walk) and go get it. Especially if you don't know much about AAU basketball, it will shock you.

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