“HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TRANSFER EPIDEMIC”


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Going, Going, Gone. No, I’m not speaking about the baseball season, which just ended. Although, for some high school basketball coaches, it might feel like their basketball season already has. No, this is the sound of high school sneakers all across the country changing schools. Living in Northern New Jersey, I have the privilege of witnessing perhaps the top players and teams in the whole United States. Legendary programs like Saint Anthony High School, coached by Hall of Famer Bob Hurley Sr., and the Patrick School ( Formerly Saint Patrick High School), which has produced NBA players such as All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, and Charlotte Hornets small forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, are roughly 20 minutes away from one another. Roselle Catholic High School, presumably the new kid on the block, has won the last 2 of 3 Tournament of champions title (Overall State Championship).

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Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley Sr.

So in a span of 15 miles, 3 of the top high school basketball teams in New Jersey and the country are situated. This has public school coaches crying FOUL! All the way until the mid 1990’s the majority of public school kids played for their hometown team. Not anymore, Here are a few examples of teenagers transferring in and out of the state of New Jersey so the reader can get a feel of the epidemic. In a span of a couple months this past summer, the #2 ranked player rated by rivals.com in the class of 2017, Trevon Duval transferred out of Saint Benedict Prep (Newark, NJ) and headed all the way to Dallas, Texas (Advanced Preparatory International. Nate Pierre-Louis, a 6’3″ point guard, who was Duval’s teammate transferred to Roselle Catholic. Roselle Catholic’s starting point guard his first 2 years, Asante Gist transferred out mid-way during last season to Marist High School (Bayonne, NJ). A few months later and he is now at Saint Anthony. Andre Rafus, a 6’7″ small forward who is ranked #67 by rivals.com for the class of 2017 transferred in from Baltimore, Maryland.

The list goes on and on, not for just the schools I have mentioned, but everywhere. In New Jersey, the rule is any player that transfers to another school who doesn’t live in the town where he will end up must sit 30 days, beginning the first official day of practice. There in line lies a problem. Some sit, some don’t. Grandparents, aunt’s, uncles, relatives addresses are used to maneuver around the issue. To my knowledge, none of these catholic schools around the country are doing anything illegal in ways of getting players to their respective high schools. That is the benefit of being at a catholic school. You get to pick and choose as well as recruit kids when they are in middle school.

So the question is, is it for athletic advantage, trying to seek that all elusive Division 1 scholarship? Or is it for a better education? Or maybe it is both. While I have been speaking particularly about the state of New Jersey, it truly is a nation wide epidemic. So what is the answer? Maybe it is, maybe it’s both, maybe it is who really knows.

UPDATE: This article was previously published in November, 2015 and the first article we ever published.

 

26 thoughts on ““HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL TRANSFER EPIDEMIC””

  1. C.G. says:

    Very informative article! This is an issue that educational leaders need focus on and address.

    1. Rob G. says:

      Thank you C.G. This is definitely an issue that schools and educational leaders across the country need to get a handle on.

  2. Chris says:

    Great insight into this issue that effects all sports, especially basketball.

    1. Thank you Chris. I appreciate it. Please stop by the website and post comments whenever you can.

  3. Adam Stanley says:

    I love what you have done with your site. fresh and modern. One thing that i would personally recommend doing is to split your writing down into smaller more readable sections. I think that having it all as one block is a tiny bit too overpowering on the eye

    Great Job otherwise

    1. Rob G. says:

      Thank you. You read my mind. Definitely have too make smaller sections.

  4. Terence says:

    Great article. . .Website looks great!

    1. Rob G. says:

      Thank you Terence. Please try and stop by the site frequently.

  5. Hello inthegymrange.com,

    Even though I’m not much into following sports and all the regulations, I must agree with you and C.G. on the fact that it is an issue that educational leaders really need to focus on and address (as C.G. stated).

    Is basketball the only topic you cover, or are there other types of sports you offer info on as well?

    Keep up the good writing and research, I’m sure your subscribers will want to here more updates about this issue. Thanks again for the good read!

    All The Best,
    JeremyDavidWilson

    1. Thank you very much. As of right now basketball http://www.inthegymrange.com is my only website. Although the opportunity is there for me to expand into different sports. Thank you for the comment and post.

  6. JeffWA says:

    Hi Rob! Being a sports’ fan, this article that I read at your website having to do with the epidemic of high school players transferring schools I found to be very interesting.

    I’m a bit older than you are, (graduating from h.s. back in 1975) but as I do follow the sport so much it really is a shame what is going on not only at the h.s. level, (and AAU ball) but at the college level as well.

    In high school/AAU its now about these elite 16/17 year old players and the lack of fundamentals taught to them. Instead we are all “wowed” by the high flying 6’5″ player who can take off from the foul line and dunk the basketball, later pounding his chest in admiration for what he did. Yet these same players can’t dribble well, throw a crisp, cross-court pass to a wide open teammate or really understand the basic concepts of playing defense.

    At the college level it’s all about the “one-and-done” player. These 18/19 year old kids, with oily agents whispering sweet nothings into their ears believe that they’re ready to turn pro and become the next LeBron James, Stephon Curry, or Kevin Durant after playing as collegiate freshman.

    Instead these foolish kids, many not even having 10% of the talent as the above mentioned 3 declare themselves for the pros after their freshman year, don’t get drafted and, without an education end up back on the streets where they came from.

    I love basketball, but there are so many inherent flaws – starting with the amount of kids transferring in h.s. believing somehow that their main intent is to find that one program that can get them a college scholarship. Any education that they get in h.s. would be quite secondary!

    The only thing that I would suggest Rob regarding your great content is to break it up into 2 – 3 sentences per paragraph. If only to make it easier for your site visitors to read your content. As it stands now, your article is one really looooonnnnng paragraph!

    Other than that, your article was excellent!
    Sincerely,
    Jeff

    1. Rob G. says:

      Thank you. It seems like you definitely know alot about sports and you made some very good points. Regarding the paragraphs, I’ve updated it. Thanks for the support.

  7. Chris says:

    The new format looks great. It is much easier to read and focus on the smaller sections. You need to include Cheick Diallo getting cleared by NCAA for the Kansas Jayhawks. Does that move them up in your rankings?
    Keep up the good work!

  8. Hello Chris,

    As I wrote in my preview for Kansas, I believe Diallo being declared eligible lifts Kansas to another level. As a consensus top 10 recruit in the country, he will help out Perry Ellis in the front-court. While his offensive game is raw his defense is considered extraordinary. He is considered a potential lottery pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. http://www.inthegymrange.com will be presenting its first ever NBA mock draft in the next few weeks. Stay tuned and thank you for enjoying the website. There will be plenty more to come.

  9. Linda Maslowski says:

    Rob, Stan and I love college basketball and have a battle during March Madness. We have lots of friends who love sports too.. Is there some way to link your blog to Facebook?

    1. Hi
      Yes, I just made a facebook page for the website. On facebook type in IN THE GYM RANGE. I made it a few days ago.

  10. Erin says:

    I found this article very interesting. In my hometown, players would transfer to smaller schools on the outskirts of town so they wouldn’t be benched at the bigger high schools. I haven’t had much experience with transferring to play for a better school.

    Honestly, the only thing I wanted from this article was more. More of pretty much everything. I feel like you described the epidemic well, but is it harmful? Is it actually helpful? Does it actually increase the divide between well off and poor because only families that are doing relatively well are going to be able to move for the sole reason for their child to play basketball?

    You have a nice writing style that flows nicely. If you add more, I would say add some headers to help focus the reader’s attention and make it more readable.

    Happy writing,
    Erin

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Thank you. Best of luck.

  11. Richard says:

    Great job, love the information that you have given keep up the good work and good luck!

    1. Thank you very much. I appreciate it and best of luck.

  12. Andrew G says:

    I like this post a lot because it has a good background to it provided by a history of old to new pros and how things have changed there. Although I don’t see how false addresses are new, of course having been doing so for years, my opinion is, there is a lot worse crimes to commit.

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Hello,

      Thank you for the review. You are right on the fact that using fake addresses have been around forever. However, I live in New Jersey, right around these schools and the amount of kids that transfer on a year to year basis is staggering. The teams that I mentioned are high school national powers and these kids want the attention and notoriety that comes with being at a great basketball school. It tremendously increases their chances on obtaining a full college scholarship. Very good review.

      -Rob

  13. Karlo says:

    Hi there. Thank you for providing a very in-depth article here. There are lots of interesting points you have pointed out. I’m a big fan of basketball and I am very happy that I ran across your website. I don’t just watch NBA, I watch Highscholl basketball as well. Great article, I enjoy reading it.

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Hello,

      Thank you. I appreciate it. We strive to provide in-depth articles and information to our viewers on a daily basis and will continue to do so.

      -Rob

  14. JRay says:

    Hello,

    I believe that athlete transfer from school to school for two reason, none having to do with academics.

    1. They feel they have a better chance of winning at one school to the other.
    2. The coaches have a better network to get the premier player to the universities of its choice.

    High school athlete transfers are going on all over the country, I personally do not have a huge issue with it. Though I feel that it mainly happens at private institutions and public schools get left behind.

    Thanks for the great post.
    JRay

    1. Rob Giannotti says:

      Hello,

      I agree with you 100% on the reasons why kids transfer. You are also correct that it happens primarily at private schools as they take the kids from the public schools. This leaves the public schools at a severe disadvantage. I personally don’t see this changing anytime soon as I believe it is just getting to be a bigger problem now than ever before. You made excellent points.

      -Rob

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