High School Busts Pt.2 (Based off of Qdizzle32's original post)

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High School Busts Pt.2 (Based off of Qdizzle32's original post)

Is the pressure of being recruited(players) and the pressure of finding good high school recruits(coaches and recruiters) affecting amateurism and sports in general?

To piggy back off of Qdizzy32's post, he was speaking about high school busts, and when I think of it, a ton of busts had problems with the NCAA at some point.

I know in Louisiana we have class C,B, then 1A, 2A,3A, 4A, 5A. I don't know how it is other places but in high school a ton of players keep transferring from high school to high school to get noticed and it then affects their grades or their eligibility for other reasons.

In other states I can think of players like Oj Mayo, Brandon Jennings, Ricardo Ledo, Renardo Sidney,just to name a few, who transferred a ton.

This also throws off how good a prospect is. I know this year a guy from my neighborhood, Jarrell Martin was a top 15 recruit, McDonald's All American and got a scholarship to LSU. His school Madison Prep is a class B school. He dominated the competition, now I think Jarrell has talent and if he stays in college for 2-3 years(or even all 4,just for his education) he could do some things, but Class B is the 2nd lowest level of basketball in the state. If a 6'9 player dominates, on a level where most centers are 6'4 at best, is he really dominant? I went to a class B school, I'm 5'7-5'8" and I played in a 3 guard set in high school, where I guarded the small forwards, and power forwards even some centers. Our center was 6'0" tall, in Louisiana we are a football states, our 6'4 centers aren't ball handlers or great athletes like someone in other states, our centers play like big men, they won't go to college and be guards.

Now we do have some players who have made it to the NBA...Marcus Thornton, Big Baby, Brandon Bass, and Tyrus Thomas but they have all played in 4A or 5A programs, we have great high school/college players every now and then.

Is there a way we can change recruiting to fix the amateurism problems? Or is there a better way to recruit talent to make sure the cream of the crop is going to a D1 college? I don't know but I felt a ton of busts are created by the recruitment process, and the levels of high school basketball, but not for players being not talented.

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In today's game, recruits

In today's game, recruits usually make their name in summer circuits and AAU ball. Usually the players that dominate these events shoot up the rankings, and they are the highest ranked recruits. Scouts look at high school stats and games, but mostly judge players in AAU.

Being a Kentucky fan, I can give you some examples of this. Jon Hood, the beloved benchwarmer, played his high school ball in central Kentucky, where the centers are just like the ones you described. He averaged 32 ppg and looked like a stud in high school ball. Conversely, Marquis Teague played in Indiana and put up very pedestrian numbers. Teague, however was impressive during the summer and that carried over to him being either the top or the number two point guard in the class depending on the recruiting service used.

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The issue is that top players

The issue is that top players need to play against top players, the prep programs have been doing a decent job at that along with AAU. In Europe the guys are always playing with guys on their level, if they are good they play with the older players and get better. In the USA we have situations like jeremy tyler where he is dunking on 6-4 centers as a junior instead of going against better players who are at least legit college players or NBA prospects. He had to go to europe and japan to go against better competition.

btw teague averaged 22 points a game and 6 assists a game in high school, those arent pedestrian numbers.

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