Why do high school prospects choose to attend to a prep school as a senior or spend a post-grad year at a basketball academy?

It’s first and foremost the desire to secure a college scholarship spurred by a current lack of offers or such not being at the level or location desired. Often mixed in here is one’s basketball sense of self being incongruent with the evaluation of college coaches.

Other factors:

  • The need for time in which to add weight and strength in order to be ready for the competition at the college level
  • The need for greater skill development, particularly regarding ballhandling and shooting
  • The need for greater exposure, especially for those who choose to head to the opposite coast or the Midwest

The quintessential question is how has such a path worked, particularly for recentĀ  northern California players? Has it aided their attractiveness, been a neutral factor or worsened their options?

Can you name someone (or multiple players) who went this route in the last five years and, in doing so, elevated themselves from a D2 level to a D1 signee? I can’t but maybe it’s simply my ignorance. (Please send along any of your examples to norcalbasketball@yahoo.com and we’ll do a followup article.)

So why are pilgrims continuing on this particular journey if the evidence seemingly indicates the lack of positive results?


What also appears to be a waste of a year is attending a post-grad program followed by moving on to a community college, local or otherwise. The work as a post-grad is supposed to be the upward catalyst to a college scholarship. Why not instead grayshirt at a community college and benefit from the better competition during practices as well as the weightlifting and other work out facilities?

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