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When Transferring High Schools can Backfire


You are a standout basketball player that has aspirations of playing Division I basketball.  The challenge is that the high school that you go to isn’t well known.  So you think about transferring into another one to get greater basketball exposure.    Unfortunately, I think this happens all across the country.  Kids selecting high schools for athlete purposes over academics, however that is a topic for another article.  This article is about transferring from a lesser known school, to another school to boost exposure.

Just last week a promising point guard Jaylon Tate announced that he was committing to the University of Illinois.  You may want to know what does this have to do with the topic.  Everything…Jaylon Tate is an outstanding point guard.  He began his high school career at St. Francis De Lasalle in Chicago.  A Catholic college prep high school located in Chicago. 

While at De Lasalle, Jaylon Tate played Varsity his first two years and was attracting recruiting attention from some high-majors, while being ranked as one of the top 150 players.  He then made the decision to transfer prior to his Junior year, to well known Simeon High School.  Simeon, a Chicago powerhouse, is known for producing top Division I basketball players.  Simeon is a four time State Champion, plays a national schedule, and produced Derrick Rose, Nick Anderson, and a laundry list of Division I players.  It is also the high school for two other top 100 basketball players, Jabari Parker and Kendrick Nunn.  It makes logical sense as to why a top point guard would want to transfer in to play at Simeon.  Playing at Simeon will help increase the interest among high majors, right?

Jaylon Tate transferred in and went from being the starting point guard at De Lasalle to the sixth man at Simeon.  His playing time was reduced, and as a result he fell off the radars of many high major programs.  The transfer was a move that hurt his recruiting status.  It appears the move which was thought to increase the interest in him, actually did the opposite.  Smith the head coach of Simeon is quoted by Scott Powers of ESPNChicago as saying…

"I think last year coming off the bench and not playing many minutes kind of knocked him out of the radar.”

The happy ending of the story, is that Jaylon was able to earn a scholarship to the University of Illinois.   He worked extremely hard to get himself recognized again.  He played extremely well in the State tournament which helped.  However, not everyone is going to be this fortunate.  Tate went from receiving interest from high majors, to only gaining the interest of mid-majors.

You may be saying, okay, mid-majors isn’t bad.  No, it’s not, but here is the point.  Here is a kid who while playing at a lesser known school his Freshman and Sophmore year was ranked among the top 150 players, and received interest from high majors.  Went to a more popular school, lost playing time, and fell to become  a mid-major prospect, and had to work back to earn the scholarship at a high major.

Think about how things would have been had he not transferred, and had spent his last season blossoming under the system that he had learned for two years.  Instead of having to learn a whole new system, and dealing with having to move up the depth chart.

I think that people hear about the happy endings of transfers, and do not realize that there is another side, that may not be as well publicized.  Parents and players, let this be a warning.  Transferring into a well known high school to boost your interest, may not be the best move.   What hurt Tate was playing time, having to come off the bench.  It is better to start on a lesser known team, then to be a reserve on a better team.


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Guard Your Brand!

by YouthBasketballNewz

Guard Your Brand!


What is meant by “Guard Your Brand”? “ Guard Your Brand”, means protect your image or name.  I was watching a video by Coach Koren Godwin on “Twitter Rules”.  He actually mentioned the phrase in the video.  It brought back memories of a poem that my mother gave me when I was a young teenager.  The poem was about protecting your name, last name.  It went on to say how precious our name is, and that our fathers gave it to us at birth, and how it was clean when we received it. The poem spoke of how we should do things that protect and keep our name clean.  In the end the most important point is that once you stain your name, it is stained forever.  Your name is one thing that is hard to get clean once you have tarnished it.

Coach Koren Godwin’s video which you can watch here, speaks to the importance of being careful about what is placed on the Twitter and Facebook page of a young athlete.  He goes through the story of a high school student who contacted him regarding getting recruited.   I won’t go into detail, as I will let you watch the video.  Coach Godwin explains that the NCAA has recently modified its rules allowing coaches unlimited use of social media.   As he states that everything you say will stay with you now.   In the end Coach Godwin gives two rules:

  1. Do not say anything derogatory on twitter or facebook if you ever hope to be recruited.
  2. Guard your Brand!

It is funny, but a company will fiercely protect their brand or image.  They want to make sure that no one does anything to tarnish it.  Companies will fire employees, and sue people, and other companies to protect their company name.  We as human beings need to take that same approach, and guard our brand.  Our brand is our name.  The actions we take, the things we say, and unfortunately the company we keep, can all hurt our brand. 

As an athlete looking to someday obtain a scholarship, using social media the wrong way can ruin your chances.  Scholarships are an investment.  Recruiting a player with character issues, can be a career ending decision for a coach.   Coach Godwin gives the suggestion, as I do.  Use your name on Facebook and Twitter for recruiting purposes ONLY.  Be careful about who you friend on Facebook, and who you follow on Twitter.  Your name can be tarnished by the company you keep.

Remember, Guard Your Brand!


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