AAU basketball programs hope to get players in front of college coaches this summer

Most circuits have postponed April and May events
Posted at 4:56 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 22:30:30-04

Many high school basketball players lost the end of their team seasons.

Now that is turning into, at the very least, a delay in the AAU season.

Many circuits have postponed all of April's events and some in May as well.

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Programs are still hoping to salvage at least a part of the season.

"What I am doing now is encouraging our student athletes just stay focused, stay ready most importantly," Marcus Lancaster director of UTS Elite said. "Then when the times comes we can try to get right back to it."

Getting back to it is important for many, even it is an abbreviated schedule.

The Grand Rapids Storm was supposed to host the Storm Classic next week, that has been postponed to June. They are also scheduled to host Brawl for the Ball in July.

"Both Storm Classic and Brawl for the Ball for us are two outstanding events that really attract a lot of college coaches," Jason Martin director of the Grand Rapids Storm said. "So for our kids being more local, being more Midwest it is two opportunities right now that are in limbo."

Maybe the biggest impact will be for athletes that are finishing up their junior year. This year there are three live periods scheduled, two of them were in April and have been postponed.

"That is where all division one coaches, division two, division three, NAIA, junior colleges can be there," Lancaster said. "It is very important for those division one coaches to be able to get out here and see these student athletes."

While many graduating seniors have already made decisions for the future, still many were waiting and are now in tough spot.

"A lot of those guys were looking to take advantage of the April signings," Martin added. "And getting out and taking visits and really kind of enhancing their resume throughout March and that has gone away. That is just completely shot."

So in the meantime the AAU programs are doing whatever they can to help those seniors find places to play college basketball next season.