As the spring aau season looms around the corner, the big question many players are asking themselves as well as their parents is ” who am I playing with “. For those who are loyal through good and bad the answer is simple, stick with what has worked for yah. For those of you are looking for something new, more exposure, more travel and maybe even less drama, premierball.com wants you to know its important to choose your team wisely. Playing aau basketball can be a bridge between high school and a potential college scholarship. AAU exposure can have both a negative or positive effect. What I mean by this is you want to play for a team that is the following:
1. Is the team competitive and has the coach explained to you what your role on the team will be?
2. Does the team compete in competitive tournaments where you will have the opportunity to be seen by college coaches and scouts?
3. Does the team or program have a sponsor or do you have to pay club fees on a monthly basis. This could be problematic if your aau coach relies only on club fees for his income. This scenario seems to be more the case in Las Vegas than not.
4. Does the coach sit down with each player and map out a strategy for each player to attain a scholarship and is the coach honest with you about your abilities and his expectations of you ?
In the long run, you need to chose your team wisely, as a wasted summer can have a monumental impact upon your development as a basketball player.