COVID-19 shutdown no reason to drop College hopes, says AAU
Lack of current elite basketball play in Australia does not have to mean reduced likelihood of playing College ball, according to AAU Australia Chief Operating Officer, Pete Unwin.
In a move to provide greatly increased accessibility to AAU Australia’s Coach Connex network of 100+ US College programs, AAU Australia is opening the network to all current AAU Australia Athlete members.
“That means”, explains Unwin, “for the cost of our annual membership, which is $35, a member can submit their mixtape and other profile related content, and we will promote them to our growing network of college coaches looking at us to help them complete their 2020 recruitment.”
“We took the view’, continues Unwin, “that in this extraordinary environment, equally extraordinary measures were needed to help Australia’s talented ranks achieve their College playing aspirations that didn’t prey on vulnerability or gouge the family budget.”
Affordability of, and access to, the recruiting opportunity is a key element of AAU Australia’s offer. As Unwin describes, the cost of recruitment programs in reality has little to do with the success of being recruited.
“It’s an unfortunate precedent, or message, that has been perpetuated by the businesses out there seeking to profit from players keen to get to college: that a program which is costly means a better chance of being recruited. It’s a false concept. What matters most is strong relationships with programs looking for players. And of course, the more programs with those relationships, the better”.
For AAU Australia Athlete members, the process will be simple, according to Unwin. “For those who are already College Bound through our programs, we’ve got this. You can send us any additional mixtapes or data to support your existing content.
For those not on the College Bound pathway and joining up today, when your membership is done, you can send a mixtape and certain player info we will request, and and then the promotional process begins.”
“Whatever your situation”, adds Unwin, “AAU Australia can help you get the looks at a College future your talent, work ethic and mindset deserve. We are here here to help.”
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