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PURDUE MENS BASKETBALL RECRUITING:
AAU Teams and Coaches


Telling the good from the bad


Date: 2/24/98
Author: William Bernard
William Bernard

    AAU gets a bad name. Excuse me, Bobby Dodd, summer teams get a bad name, and I can understand where the reputation arises. Living in Indiana, I am a part of a state that produces the most AAU participates in the country, but we don't seem to have the problems that other states have.

    By problems, I am referring to out of control programs that fly in players from other states just so they can 1) build these fabulous teams, which have zero coaching and skill development, or 2) have some sort of influence on where these kids go to college. Indiana kids pretty much stick to the state. That is not to say that recruiting is not heated in Indiana.

    I would say that on any given year Indiana offers six great summer basketball programs, (alphabetical order) Bloomington Red, Evansville Gold, Indy Metros, Spiece, SYF Players, and Tiffany's. These are the programs that offer competition, exposure, and coaching to every player in their program.

    There are other teams that have jumped and made contributions, such as No Excuses, which currently features Jason Gardner, Indy Nets, which won a state championship in 1993 boasting six future division one players for basketball, and Wilson's Warriors, which is an Anderson summer program, but these teams don't generally maintain consistant older aged teams.

    These clubs typically split up the talent pool in Indiana, which makes for a competitive situation when it comes to putting together summer teams. There plenty of rumors goind around as to how some of these teams get their players, especially when it comes to Spiece, but for the most part, the recruiting comes from the mouth.

    The problem arises with recruiting fundamentals. Indiana's AAU office suggests that each summer coach goes through the high school coach to get their players, which is most definitely the way to go. More times than not, however, coaches don't really get involved, so they turn it over to the parents, who in return look toward the coach for assistance. When parent, player, high school coach, and AAU coach are all on the same, the situation is typically constructive.

    I go through the high school coach first, unless I have already made contact with a player through a mutual friend, which was prevelant with the team the summer team I am coaching now. At that time, I go through parents. As an education major, my only contact with players is to ask them how their grades are or how they played in a game that I had to miss due to my own game. I have tremendous support from the high school coaches of the players that I coach, which makes going back for future players easier, and I also have the support of their parents, which makes for a loyal player for the following summer.

    I also like to treat this similar to college recruiting. Parents and high school coaches want to know what I am all about, as a coach and as a person. I send new players an information packet that reflects coaching philosophy, schedule, team rules, and some basic personal information regarding myself. I have always felt that the more information a parent or high school coach has on me, the more likely they will let the player play for me.

    I encourage questions constantly, and I strongly take their concerns into consideration. There have been times when I have altered how I teach due to a suggestion of high school coach. There are times when a player needs to play a certain position when I have said, "I can't do that." There are times when I look to parents to see what kind of discipline their son responds to at home. The more interaction I can have with the players, his parents and his high school coach, the more cooperation I will have in the future. I have found that players respond better when he knows that everyone is in agreement that he needs to play for me.

    This is all during the offseason. Once the summer season begins, I am locked in to teaching our system. That is the way to go when it comes to recruiting these players for the summer. There are more passive ways, which are certainly acceptable, but what happens is you get a team that is not always as competitive as it needs to be to satisfy the players that stick with you from year to year. There are also more aggressive ways, which is not the way to go.

    Here is what you need to avoid...

    If you know or have given life to a kid who has grown into a tremendous basketball player, you will see this sight frequently. A man--no names needed, just a man--walking around a gym, sporting AAU garb (hats, nice jackets, team shoes, shirt with team logo--basic commercial nightmare), like he is with a college. In one hand, he has a clipboard with a list of player rankings letting you and your child know that it was him that got your son on that list. The clipboard is usually in his left hand, so he can shake your hand immediately.

    He'll talk about players, tournaments, and how they are going to run and gun. He'll promise your son everything, a starting spot, cool uniforms, shoes, being ranked higher on the list in his hand, or maybe even a college scholarship. He might even tell you why you shouldn't play for another team (if this ever happens, run) He will never tell you how he is going to teach to improve your son, but he will be quick to tell you that he had a major hand at getting some former all-star his big shot at college basketball.

    If you show interest, watch out....he will call, and call, and call, and call. One guy called a player who was slated to play for me at 11:30pm at night, stating, "I figured you would be home at this time." Probably...

    He will call to talk to you about your son, then he will ask to talk to him just so he can see how he is doing. He actually wants to grill him some more, making sure your son is still thinking about him. When your son politely yes that he is interested, this man will go around telling everyone that your son is committed. If he says no, he'll be upset, but he will call back later just to make sure he is sure.

    If this player decides to stick with another team, he will lower him on his list, tell others how overrated the kid was in the first place and barely speak to you again, until next high school season, when the process repeats itself. At that point, he will be your new best friend until your son decides against him again.

    The point is don't play for anyone who promises tangibles. What kind of coach promises a starting spot? What kind of coach is a good coach based on the shoes he can give your son? What kind of a coach promises that they will win? (who knows this?) What kind of coach promises a college scholarship? These things can't be promised.

    What your son should matriculate toward is...
    a team that will push him talent wise.
    a team that will put him in all of the biggest tournaments.
    a coach that will work hard for him off the court, and
    a team that has a coach that teaches basketball rather than role it out and play.

    Oddly enough, the last point is the hardest one to find.

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