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Looking Back at the NHSI and Future of High School Hoops

Colleague B.J. Koubaroulis looks at this past weekend's National High School Invitational, talking to folks who were out at Georgetown Prep about the future of high school basketball.


By Josh Barr  | April 9, 2009; 2:35 PM ET
Categories:  Basketball  
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I THOUGHT THE TOURNAMENT WAS GREAT, AND I AM SURE EVERY PLAYER THERE WANTED TO BE ON A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM. THERE IS ONE BIG PROBLEM AND THAT WOULD BE THE FAIRNESS OF WHO PLAYS WHO? YOU REALLY HAVE 3 DIFFERENT TYPES OF TEAMS.THE FIRST TEAM WOULD BE A TRUE PUBLIC SCHOOL TEAM.THE SECOND TEAM WOULD BE A TRUE CATHOLIC TEAM,THAT IS A TEAM THAT DOES NOT HAVE LAND BOUNDARIES.THE LAST TEAM WOULD BE A PREP SCHOOL LIKE OAK HILL. THEY HAVE THE ABILITY AND FREEDOM TO FIND PLAYERS FROM ANYWHERE! IF I WERE COACHING I WOULD NOT WANT TO LOSE TO A TEAM LIKE OAK HILL,WHO I THINK WOULD TRULY HAVE A FAIR ADVANTAGE OVER MY PUBLIC SCHOOL TEAM, ESPECIALLY IF THEY ALLOW THEIR ATHELETES TO HAVE FIVE YEARS OF ELIGIBILITY,NOT THE AVERAGE OF FOUR YEARS OF ELIGIBILITY LIKE MOST SCHOOLS ACROSS THE NATION. WITH ALL THAT SAID,I,PERSONALLY WOULD PLAY THE GAME,BELIEVING THE FALL OF GOLIATH ON ANY GIVEN DAY! DON CORNETT

Posted by: coachcornett | April 10, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Is this the best thing for a student-athlete or is it media exploiting teenagers in pursuit of the almighty dollar???

Sports Illustrated has a nice little article about the NHSI. They wonder if, in response to getting on the E$PN networks, we'll see more Findlay Preps pop up around the country?

Who needs a school building and proms, etc. when you can get the big D-I ride and NCAA contract?? That seems to be the message.

Posted by: joecct77 | April 12, 2009 10:30 PM | Report abuse

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