EXYBL ideal forum for development, recruitment opportunities
AAU Australia’s announcement of plans for a Melbourne-based Exposure Youth Basketball League, or EXYBL, to commence as soon as COVID-19 restrictions are lifted in Victoria, will have enormous impact on the College recruiting landscape in Australian basketball.
“We have the talent”, says AAU Australia Co-Founder and Head of Sport, Brett Stringer, “we have the venues, and AAU Australia has the attention and eyeballs of US College coaches looking for their next Aussie baller. What we lack down here generally is the forum for our players to get seen. The EXYBL will be that forum to bring all of those things together and get many more guys and girls recruited.”
While initially planned to commence in April at HOOPS24/7 in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong South, COVID-19 caused a rethink, and now plans are revised for the immediate commencement of EXYBL as soon as the statewide ban on sport is lifted. “As soon as possible is what I am telling all of the teams and players I know who are so keen for this opportunity to perform, virtually, in front of more than 100 College coaches”, replies Stringer, when pushed for the EXYBL start date.
“The key is to be ready to go with a short turn around. Games will be played on Monday and Wednesday evenings, from about 6 – 10pm at HOOPS 24/7, with full stats being taken, live streamed to our ever-expanding coaching network, with replays available to those unable to watch live and a weekly ‘player package’ to highlight outstanding individual performers.”
Nominally a 21 & U competition, EXYBL will be a unique format and environment tailored to creating recruiting opportunities for kids from Year 11 through to those born in 1999 who have graduated High School.
Explains Stringer, playing EXYBL will be the opportunity for undiscovered talent to shine alongside those already on the College radar. “Our focus is to help kids get to college, no matter their past or present experience.
We already know that there is a huge amount of college-worthy talent not playing in State youth leagues, or representative competitions, for a wide array of reasons. Those kids can play EXYBL alongside some of the more highly rated prospects, and shine in a moment perfectly timed for recruitment.”
Through extensive consultation with AAU Australia’s network of coaches, Coach Connex, EXYBL is designed to work in with their recruitment timing and process. The league will be held in 2020 just as coaches are finalising Fall rosters.
“The coach’s attention will be focused on filling all of their remaining spots”, notes Unwin. “US College coaches want Aussies for a variety of reasons, and EXYBL will be putting a large number before their eyes backed by stats and film. It’s a perfect storm of opportunity for athletes matched to demand from coaches.”
Teams and individuals can pre-register their interest and learn more about AAU Australia’s EXYBL by going online here No registration fees will be required until a firm date is set for the commencement of the league, but pre-registration will ensure communication of updates is not missed.“