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Author:  idatatechnologies [ 16 Jul 2018, 12:46 ]
Post subject:  College recruitment from AAU only

My son attends a public high school that has been a frequent state champion the last couple of years and continues to attract talented players --- they have new transfers who came to the school last spring as high major d1 commits, and they have some rising freshman who will play varsity that had high d1 interest starting in middle school (both play for coach's AAU team).

My kid is a rising junior who played JV last year and is good but is not at that level of talent. He's currently getting some d2 and d3 recruiting interest based on his play in showcases and AAU games, but he's not going to play d1. He doesn't really care -- he just loves to play and would like to play in college.

Given that my kid's school graduated 5 and is replacing them with transfers and new freshmen, I don't see him even making the varsity team next year (I doubt they will cut kids who played varsity last year). He didn't get invited to play summer league with the team, which is typically a clear signal.

The two college coaches I've asked have said that it's very, very difficult to get recruited to even play d3 if you don't play for your high school and only play AAU, but other people (trainers, AAU coaches) think it's possible. Does anyone have informed insight into this? Does it ever happen?

Author:  Coach Rob [ 19 Jul 2018, 15:08 ]
Post subject:  Re: College recruitment from AAU only

It's definitely possible, college recruiters show up to AAU tourneys. The deal is, you have to play in tourneys where the recruiters are showing up. A lot of times that means traveling to tourneys in CA, Vegas, Atlanta, etc.

Author:  idatatechnologies [ 19 Jul 2018, 15:21 ]
Post subject:  Re: College recruitment from AAU only

Yeah, he's playing in tournaments that coaches attend (tons were in the coaches' seating area last weekend, including two schools that have reached out to my son), and he's gotten a lot of invitations to college prospect camps, as well as some direct emails and texts from coaches asking about his GPA, grades, where he will be playing this summer, etc. There seems to be some actual interest from college coaches, but I'm not sure if they will change their minds if he's not playing for his school. That's my worry, because two coaches I spoke to said that it would be a big red flag for them.

Author:  Coach Rob [ 20 Jul 2018, 10:53 ]
Post subject:  Re: College recruitment from AAU only

You're not positive he won't make the high school team yet. Sounds like it's pretty stacked, but I've seen wacky stuff happen. Injuries, kids move, etc.

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