3 Reasons You Should Be Careful About AAU
When Kobe Bryant was asked about AAU basketball he responded, “It’s stupid.”
Steve Kerr, NBA Champion as a player and a coach, also advises against AAU ball.
As a former player, I look back on the time I spent in AAU and see a lot of time wasted. Not every AAU experience will be the same as mine, but advise to be aware of what's going on. Here are 3 very simple reasons to be cautious about your off-season. If this is helpful, please share!
1) It is a Money Draining Business
There are a lot of legitimate AAU coaches out there who have your child’s best interest at heart. But, usually the coach has different motives, like making money or promoting themselves or one of their players. Coaches will bring on a less talented kid and charge him double, so they can let a more talented kid play for free and hopefully get him exposure.
2) There is Zero Skill Development
The offseason is for increasing your individual talent and skill level. The last thing you need in your offseason is to do the same things you did DURING the season. Instead of spending time and money traveling on AAU, invest in some training equipment or program. Spend time in the gym focusing on yourself.
3) It Will Not Help You Get Recruited
The only AAU programs that give you exposure are the
very elite ones. These teams are filled with massive top-level talent that has college coaches flocking to every event. Your average local AAU team does not draw college coaches, just paying parents. Don’t invest if it will not pay you back in exposure or development.