AAU And Recruiting Influence

Recruiting is an ever-expanding area of conflicts and complexities, and in the last several years, that has been particularly true when it comes to the AAU influence.

Recruiting is an ever-expanding area of conflicts and complexities, and in the last several years, that has been particularly true when it comes to the AAU team influence. Certainly it's true when you think of such excesses as Myron Piggie, who paid his players and made trouble for several players and schools, including Corey Maggette and Duke. That would be, one hopes, the outer limits of conflict and complexity, but there's plenty of room from there on in for confusion.

God knows athletes sometimes need to be reminded that they don't have a get-out-of-jail free card (Lexington excluded).

We do have to wonder why a coach gets so much power, or maybe a better way to put this is why he is perceived to have so much power, over where his kids go to school.

It puzzles us, and saddens us too, that the high school coaches rarely seem to enter into recruiting anymore. So often it's the AAU coach who seems to hold sway, and as we have learned, they may not always have the kid's best interests at heart. That's true for high school coaches as well, of course - a lot of them have taken gifts to steer their kid to certain schools (you don't think those pipelines happen just for tradition's sake do you?), and some have used them to get an assistant coaches position. So it's not like one side is perfect and another is full of sinners.


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