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Alright, so let me start by saying this: I’m not a college basketball recruiting expert, nor do I play on one on TV.
What a crappy opening sentence, huh? But the point is, that if you saw the headline “Aaron attends AAU event” and thought to yourself, “Crap, that guy seems to be marginally knowledgeable about sports stuff, let me check out this link to see who my favorite team is recruiting,” well, unfortunately, you’ve come to the wrong place.
Yes, I attended this weekend’s Nike EYBL showcase in Los Angeles, an event which featured just about every big-name recruit in the country and was attended by a bajillion college basketball coaches that you know and might possibly love. However, just because I was in attendance, does not mean I know a damn thing about recruiting. ESPN’s Dave Telep knows recruiting. Fox’s Evan Daniels knows recruiting. Me? I know about as much on college basketball recruiting as you do on your kid’s after school activities. And admit it, you don’t know much. Do you, dad???
But while I’m not a recruiting expert, what I am is a Grade A People-Watcher, and after attending the event on Saturday, I’ve got to admit that there might not be a better place for college basketball people-watching than a big-time AAU tournament. Just about every big name in college coaching you can think of was there, from Coach K to Roy Williams, Mark Few, Andy Enfield, Bill Self, Josh Pastner and Tom Izzo and a million other guys too. Shoot, at one point I basically turned into a teenage guy at the Playboy mansion, nearly getting whiplash turning my head so many times.
Anyway, that also brings me to the reality that you’re going to get from this article: If you’re a college basketball fan looking for insight on recruiting, go somewhere else. But if you’re looking for some goofy gossip on your favorite coaches, well then, I’m your man.
Simply put, AAU Tournaments are an awesome way to spend a weekend.
Here are 10 takeaways from attending my first one.