Nope - We are Ms. Julie Public. Just witnessed a lot of it go down. Salty, yes definitely. When people use their elitist beliefs, after paying
joining an AAU team, finding success, then deciding to stack the deck to beat on publics in the area. Yeah, salty could be one word to describe it. Does Northern Bedford or Chestnut Ridge get banners for PIAA State Runner Up as well? How does that work?
AAU is to blame, after all its where the Juniata Academy all met.
Here is one for the AAU goers...
For basically one month, many (not all) AAU "programs" collect paychecks of about $300 per player. Put together a 8-10 player squad ($3,000) and play 3-4 ($275) tournaments. What happens to the other $2,000 grand? Hmmm. Under the umbrella about 5-6 divisions of boys and girls. Sounds like a nice pay day of $8,000-$10,000
. Don't believe me, do your research. Oh yeah, uniforms, take off $1,200. Hotels and travel are paid by the parents. Best Ponzi scheme since the 90s. And these parents are buying it up. All the while their "AAU Coach" says how good they are. They report back to their parents, and a nightmare begins for the local coach. College scouts will be at the tournament
. Thats how they sell it. Unless you hit Hoopsfest (Pittsburgh) or Las Vegas (Sean Miller Scandal), you aren't getting very many looks. You've been had and paid to play on an "all-star" team.
If anyone out there is reading this, and you want someone with credentials to tell your daughter/son how good they are & how they should be starting for their HS team, I tell you what, I will only charge you $150 bucks. Make checks payable to "You've Been Had."
But back to JV. If you want to do it right, get your AAU team to all move to one location, preferably a small school.
Salty, yeah I am salty. But I know, you can't put a price on integrity. Those that know, see right through it.