The More Things Change The More They Remain The Same!!!!
When will the foolishness stop? When will Parents, HS Coaches, Guardians, and others realize the games that are played with young players every day? Kids are being mentally violated daily by agents, Street Agents, want to be Agents, College Coaches, HS Coaches, Groupies, and even AAU/Rec Coaches! Can folks not see or do they just think their kid will not suffer? Do they feel they are the ones getting over on those sending gifts and lying? It's like I always say to my buddies, greedy gold digging folks are the easiest folks to get over on because they are blinded by their own greed! So when kids accept stuff as early as 9th grade, and yes it happens, they are just getting ready for years of mental manipulation.
Lets get real here if you do not mind. I just read where OJ Mayo was receiving money, goods , and services while at USC and in HS. Well guess what? Who did not know this? Everyone knows OJ, and many others like him ware benefiting from being great HS players. Lets look at the sneaker camps. By NCAA rules, kids had to pay their own way to the camp. Do you honestly think OJ, Labron, and others like them ever paid air fair? Of course not. The air fair came via money paid to AAU/Rec teams for expenses. They in return pay for all airfare. Convenient huh? How about the gear? Companies cannot supply kids with 100 pair pf sneakers, 75 warm up suits, sandals, t shirts, plus stuff for their parents. But they can fund AAU/Rec teams with a budget and $100,000 dollar clothing deals which allows the teams to provide clothing to players, especially the great one's. One great player on a HS team makes it possible for that particular team to be outfitted from head to toe by sneaker companies.
Lets get back to things we look the opposite way about. Agents are at College, HS. and even AAU games because that is what they do based on the business they are in. We see them. The coaches see them and even warmly greet them. This happens because on many occasions Agents help colleges get players and the coach in return sends the player back to the agent when the player is ready to turn pro. Some agents even pay for a particular player to attend certain schools. And honestly we also know who those schools are and so does the NCAA! It is for this reason schools such as Rutgers and SHU have a difficult time getting the true 5 star players. And when you see a 5 star guy attend a mid major with a 3200 seat gym, it's either because Dad is the coach or they are really benefiting from being there if you know what I mean.
Now lets look at the Big East. I have heard there are lots of perks at certain schools. I can even tell you that some schools the players are treated as if they are professionals in more ways than one. This is mostly a result of the money to be made and the pressure on Coaches to win. When a job is on the line all bets are off. And this goes for certain Ivy institutions as well. You should see some of the summer jobs kids get prior to attending to play basketball.
Looking at a kid like Ebanks? Rutgers has done an exceptional job but how does the community of New Brunswick compete with the city of Memphis? And do not be surprised with the positions that will be available at Federal Express very soon. The job description might just say: Experience working in large city environment such as Long Island City lol. They will put a full court press on this kid and all he might see is future and present opportunities in addition to basketball if you know what I mean.
Think West Virginia and Huggy along with two KILLER Assistant coaches will not go the extra yard? Think again! They will get it done by any means necessary. Trust me and if you do not see this than you are indeed blind.
That leaves Rutgers who would be a great place. But when trying to recruit a kid from a family where the Mom and dad are not together, a kid who has been spoiled for years and given everything, it is a hard job closing the deal on this one. Rutgers has a chance and I hope they are successful for their sake as well as for Ebanks sake. because when it is said and done, basketball will be a distant memory.
Now lets stop being so surprised by what is happening on the basketball scene. Just sit in the stands at an AAU event and watch what goes on around you as much as the actual games. Buy will you be surprised.