eyeinthesky wrote:classB4ever wrote:I have been following numerous ND AAU/ECI teams over the years. The strange thing is when our ND athletes travel out of state and play other teams, they more then hold their own. It seems as a team, the hard nosed, hard work ethic style of play will allow them to compete with anyone. But when you try to insert them individually with a different style of play (college level), as you stated, they are not at the same level.
I have had the exact same thoughts.
I agree, here's my take. AAU ball is set up to showcase athletes to coaches, not to win the tournament. The ECI teams (where most all the ND kids play) fare well at times because they are made up of kids who play to win the game. The players on the majority of the AAU teams don't really care about the final outcome, their concern is, "How did I look in the minutes I got"? The AAU circuit is a convenience for college coaches, it allows them to see the largest number of kids in the shortest amount of time outside of their season. Our players can compete from a team standpoint because they are competing to win against kids (who might be more talented) that don't really care what the final score is.