Friday, April 27, 2018


The Commission on College Basketball met for the first time Friday, October 20th 2017.
The Commission on College Basketball met November 16, 2017 NBA Commissioner Adam Silver,  Executive Director of the  National Basketball Players Association Michele Roberts and members of the NCAA were in attendance.
The Commission on College Basketball met December 12, 2017 in attendance were the executive director and two Division I head basketball coaches who are board members of the National  Association of Basketball Coaches.
The Commission on College Basketball met January 11, 2018 leadership representatives from Nike and Under Armour were among those who appeared separately before the Commission.
The Commission on College Basketball met February 26, 2018 representatives from USA Basketball, Adidas, several conferences, a sports agency and high school basketball were among those who appeared separately before the Commission.
 The independent Commission on College Basketball led by Dr. Condoleezza Rice presented its recommendations to address the issues facing men’s collegiate basketball April 25th, 2018.
One of the biggest public misconceptions about the Commission's report is that is was completed without the awareness or input of the sneaker apparel companies Nike, Adidas & Under Armour- which is completely incorrect as shown in the confirmed meetings & dates shown above.
The sneaker apparel companies & the NCAA cleverly used the NCAA Commission on College Basketball to rid themselves of the supposed "negative" influence of the many "ungoverned"AAU "badguy" organizations/ coaches creating the perfect escape route.
'The Commission recommends that the NCAA promptly adopt and enforce rigorous criteria for certifying the non-scholastic basketball events that its coaches attend"
This statement is to establish the clear understanding that the NCAA ultimately controls the criteria for certifying AAU events, controls the NCAA coaches & also when & where their coaches may attend these events.
In order for the NCAA to certify a non-scholastic
basketball event, the owners, event operators, sponsors, and coaches for the event
must agree to financial transparency about all events they run, including those that
are not certified by the NCAA.
Lets take a closer look at the "rigorous criteria" necessary for NCAA certification of AAU events going forward.
1. Event owners
2. Event operators
3. Sponsors
4. Coaches for the event
5. Any other entity associated with that league, team or event all must agree to be
A. Subject to audit and to provide all required IRS and other tax filings upon request.
B. Disclose all sources of financing and other payments and the recipients of all funds provided for or collected in relation to the event
C.  Disclose any financial relationship between the event sponsors and coaches with any administrator, coach or booster at any NCAA school.
Declining to fully cooperate as an event owner, event operator, sponsor, coach, poor financial record keeping, not being honest in regards to payments or recipients, dishonesty of financial relationships or simply the unwillingness to be audited upon the request of the NCAA will automatically disqualify your event for NCAA certification. Therefore "the Commission’s guiding principle in this area is that the NCAA should not certify, and NCAA coaches should not participate in, non-scholastic basketball events
involving coaches, leagues or sponsors who are not fully transparent about the sources and amounts of their financial support."
Multi-billion dollar global sneaker companies such as Nike, Adidas & Under Armour are not required to fulfill the strict criteria to meet the NCAA's financial transparency requirements for event certification & contrary to popular belief this does not & will not impact the sneaker business done in conjunction with the NCAA in regards to supplying sneakers to universities, college basketball coaches & teams. 
So lets say hypothetically Nike decides to cooperate, the event owners, event operators, sponsors & coaches all pass the NCAA financial transparency criteria if possible, this is where it gets really, really tricky but you can obviously see the sneaker apparel input to the Commission take effect behind the scenes to rid themselves of AAU influence.
The 2018 NIKE EYBL has four sessions
Session 1 - April 20-22: Dallas, TX - Live Period
Session 2 - April 27-29: Indianapolis, IN - Live Period
Session 3 - May 11-13: Atlanta, GA
Session 4 - May 26-28: Hampton, VA
Peach Jam - July 11-15: North Augusta, SC - Live Period
Session 1 & 2 are NCAA live recruiting periods as is the week of Peach Jam however why would Nike follow thru with sessions 1& 2 when Nike was fully aware that the Commission would
recommend creating NCAA administered regional camps each summer during July, which NCAA
coaches would exclusively attend during that time, and that current NCAA directed recruiting windows be adjusted to account for these events?

So hypothetically Nike would essentially complete session 1& 2 but not be able to have the ESPNU televised Peach Jam & Championship nor the8 tournament which normally also falls within a later live period of July 25-29th. Nike has two options they can choose not to comply with the Commission's financial transparency criteria & have their AAU events become non-certified or they can comply and pass the financial transparency criteria but have their largest events completely ignored in July by the NCAA & its coaches which undermines the purpose of their events - to provide high school players exposure to recruiting college coaches. Ask yourself why would Nike knowingly agree to such a strict financial transparency criteria & also potentially disrupt their own events without any pushback? Its pretty simple, because they along with the other sneaker apparel companies Adidas & Under Armour have collectively conspired with the NCAA Commission on College Basketball, the NBA, USA basketball & other basketball related entities to remove AAU influence "badguys" & seize complete control of youth basketball in the United States.

Thursday, April 26, 2018


The Commission recommends significant changes to the resources and programs available for the development of young, pre-collegiate players, ideally by the summer of 2019. Allowing players to enter the professional ranks earlier brings with it the responsibility to provide appropriate resources for earlier development.
Institutional influence—by USA Basketball, the NCAA, and the NBA and the NBPA—has been largely missing in this space for the past 20 years and that non-scholastic basketball has been largely ungoverned.
Strongly recommend that the named institutions lend their expertise and, wherever possible, work together to provide an alternative to the individual and corporate influences which currently dominate pre -collegiate youth basketball particularly in the summer.
In the Commission’s view, the NCAA, USA Basketball, the NBA and the NBPA all have significant institutional interests in developing prominent roles in non-scholastic basketball, particularly in the areas of player identification, development and evaluation. There is a great deal of work to be done in the development of pre-collegiate players, and the three institutions should also welcome partners and sponsors willing to work within the standards, disciplines, and accountability these institutions will bring to youth development.
It is important to note that the Commission believes developing players at each level will require a collaboration among USA Basketball, the NCAA, the NBA and the NBPA. The absence of any one of these stakeholders in the youth development space will exacerbate the current problems with recruiting and development.



Currently, non-scholastic basketball is an ungoverned space with coaches, players and their families, agents and sponsors exchanging money and goods in the hope of future benefits and without accountability. The corruption we observe in college basketball has its roots in youth basketball. The reforms recommended by the Commission will be fruitless unless the NCAA gives serious attention to regulating summer programs.
1. The Commission recommends that the NCAA take short and long-term actions to reform non-scholastic basketball and disassociate the NCAA and its member institutions from the aspects of non-scholastic basketball where transparency and ethical behavior cannot be assured.
2. As part of this effort, the Commission recommends that the NCAA partner with USA Basketball, the NBA, the NBPA and others to create and administer new resources and programs for youth basketball development, including substantial regional camps for collegiate prospects in July where NCAA coaches would evaluate
3. The Commission recommends that the NCAA promptly adopt and enforce rigorous criteria for certifying the non-scholastic basketball events that its coaches attend.
In order for the NCAA to certify a non-scholastic
basketball event, the owners, event operators, sponsors, and coaches for the event must agree to financial transparency about all events they run, including those that are not certified by the NCAA.
A. This requirement includes agreement to be
subject to audit and to provide all required IRS and other tax filings upon request.
B. Disclose all sources of financing and other payments and the recipients of all funds provided for or collected in relation to the event; and to disclose any financial relationship between the event sponsors and coaches with any administrator, coach or booster at any NCAA school.
To recruit effectively, many NCAA coaches need to attend non-scholastic basketball events in which large numbers of elite players participate. In turn, these events, leagues and teams attract high school players by giving them the opportunity to be seen and evaluated annually by college coaches. Thus, using its certification requirement, the NCAA has some leverage to impose the financial transparency requirements and other reforms that
the Commission recommends above.
4. The Commission recommends that with a
goal of 2019, the NCAA work with USA Basketball, the NBA and the NBPA and
others to establish and administer new youth basketball programs. One centerpiece of this program would be NCAA-administered regional non-scholastic basketball events in July that NCAA coaches would exclusively attend.
The Commission recognizes that Division I men’s college basketball is just one part of a much larger ecosystem that includes Youth, High School, Non-Scholastic and Professional Basketball. Stakeholders include student-athletes, parents and extended families, coaches, trainers, agents and other advisers, apparel companies, colleges and universities, professional leagues and players’ associations and others. In making its recommendations, the Commission sought
to take into account these other parts of the basketball ecosystem.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018


1. Age, height, weight? 17, 6’0, 180 lbs.
2. What schools, Rec teams, boys & girls teams & AAU teams did you play for growing up? William Wirt middle school, Bladensburg, Columbia Park & Cedar Heights recreation, I also played for the Maryland Cougars as a kid, then Team Takeover & Maryland's Finest.
3. You won a championship as a senior this year can you explain that feeling & reflect back to what were you personal goals before the season started?Winning a championship was the best feeling in the world, getting a chance to win something was completely a blessing and a breathtaking experience. Not to many people can say that they won something. My personal goals, were to go to a Division1 school for free & to live up to my father's name, to exceed past all doubt and make this year something to remember .
4. You recently committed to HBCU Morgan State University - what was it about Morgan State during the recruitment process that made you decide that you wanted to begin your college academic/athletic career there? Morgan is just a wonderful, wonderful campus everything is spaced out and it makes you feel free in a sense. The coaching staff expects a lot out of me coming in as a freshman, and they treat everyone like family, they focus on building relationships mainly and academically they one of the best in my eyes, wonderful technology and professors.
5. Did distance - being close to home factor into your college decision?  No. I didnt mind going to California or either staying in Maryland !!
6. How much of a factor did Morgan State being an HBCU play into your decision & what are your expectations for your HBCU college experience? At the end of the day a university is a university at the end of the day, I’m here to excel and to win championships. With Morgan being an HBCU it made me feel even more comfortable to attend but if I went to a PWI, nothing would affect me because of how I am, I can pretty much get use to any environment.
7. Now that you have announced your commitment - can you confirm the potential Georgetown University whispers - was there any interest on their end in you as a student/athlete
There was interest but things aren’t always peaches & cream.
8. What do you plan to work on this summer to improve your game prior to your freshmen year at Morgan? Work on the pick and roll, being more effective in that aspect, I also want to increase my  speed and changing directions and working in the weight room. Work on my balance and getting stronger.
9. Did you ever strongly consider doing a prep year before college?  If I had to then that was going to be an option but I didn't really want to go prep. God had a plan for me.
10. Reflecting back on your high school & AAU career what would be one thing that you would change about each? Nothing, I dont regret a thing.

Thursday, April 5, 2018


PT. 11

The following quotes are from the NCAA Division I Basketball Committee Chairman Bruce Rasmussen given recently in regards to shoe company involvement in youth basketball.

"My feeling is this, we spend too much time on the one- and-done," "There's an old Chinese proverb: No matter how pure the lake, if the stream flowing into the lake is polluted, the lake will soon be polluted"

"We've got to get control over basketball from [ages] 10 to 17. If we do a better job of getting control of basketball from 10 to 17 I think we'll see a lot fewer problems in college. I think we can."

"Shoe companies are always going to be part of the equation but there has to be some transparency," "We need to know where they're giving their money and we need to know where AAU programs are spending their money."

 "They have to be accountable to the NCAA and summer camps, if Adidas wants to run a summer tournament they can, but coaches can't be there."

Thursday, March 29, 2018


PT. 10
The following are excerpts from the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship: Final Four Press Conference on 3-29-18 featuring Dr. Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, Dr. Eric Kaler, president of the University of Minnesota and chair of the Division I Board of Directors, and Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president of basketball.
Mark Emmert " Summer ball, whatever you want to call that, but summer ball is a wholly unregulated space. There's nobody right now that really has oversight over it. And I think that's at least part of the problem. Everybody seems to agree to that.
So whether that means we move into that space or USA Basketball moves in or even the NBA itself moves in in some different ways, there's doubtlessly going to be some combination of changes there that can occur that can work with, not in opposition, but with some of those organizations that are there now to make it function much better for young people.

So I think in each of those spaces, there's going to be need for us to modify what we're responsible for and to move some things that are kind of under the table now up on top of the table and say, yeah, we know those things exist, so how do we manage them more effectively and make it work better for all parties"
Eric Kaler "You could pretty easily see the autonomy five conferences going in one direction with the resources they have and disadvantaging competitively smaller school teams as well as not providing the opportunity for those schools to see players from around the country, which is what summer ball, if we call it that, can do.

So we have to think carefully about serving all of the D-I schools but at the same time getting a clear set of rules and a clear set of expected behaviors"
Mark Emmert "Also as an aside you mentioned the Pac-12's proposals. It's important to know, and there's no reason that the broad public would know this, the commission's been soliciting input from all the conferences, from a whole array of constituents and interested parties and they've received a ton of it. Some of that's come out to the public but the vast majority hasn't. The Pac-12 published theirs. The Big East has announced some of theirs. Others have been doing it directly without making it public"
Dan Gavitt "Including the NABC, which is important to note"

Mark Emmert "Yeah, basketball coaches, lots of groups"
Mark Emmert "And I mean just to be blunt about it, you don't waste Condoleeza Rice's time if you're not serious about it. Most importantly, though, it isn't who is on the commission, and it isn't even about what their recommendations are going to be; it's about the commitment of Eric and his colleagues, about what I've heard from the coach's association, about what I've heard from the basketball oversight committee. Everybody that's involved in college basketball right now recognizes this can't continue the way it's continuing"

There's more motivation and focus on this than any issue that I've seen in my time in college sports. And it's easy to forget that the NCAA is a collective decision-making body. It is a representative democracy. And when you've got collective decision-making, you need strong catalysts to move things forward. Sometimes those catalysts come in the form of very ugly incidents, and that's what we've got here"
Mark Emmert "On April 25th Eric and his colleagues will receive a report of the commission. The commissioners -- there will be commissioners in attendance -- they'll spend as much time as necessary discussing their recommendations and findings with the board. And the intention is that the board will then take those recommendations, working with the rest of the NCAA governance structure and move forward to address those issues before tip-off next season"

Thursday, March 22, 2018


 PT. 9
Prior to the ACC submitting their recommendations to the NCAA Commission on College Basketball to improve recruiting & youth basketball etc. - take a look at how several prominent ACC head coaches spoke last October of the sneaker companies & sneaker youth basketball circuits.

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski - “The spring and summer competitions that have been funded by these three major shoe companies give thousands of kids opportunities to be seen [by college coaches],” “I would hate that if we look at this and we just say, ‘Well, the shoe companies are bad.’ What, are the universities going to give up their school contracts that outfit the 20 to 30 sports that they have?”

Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim - “We always thought … there’s some shoe company involvement with some players,” “They invest a lot of money in those programs so they want their kids to go to one of their schools probably.“It’s not as big a problem with Nike because they have … a lot more schools; they’re not going to influence a kid too much.”

North Carolina Head Coach Roy Williams - “A couple of years ago I really felt like, I said to my staff, I think the next big issue will be the involvement of shoe companies,” “It was a few years back. “But again, guys, I had to get somebody to sit down and explain to me, because I didn’t even understand completely who was paying who, for what. And they explained it to me, and I’m still not sure that I understand exactly what happened.” “We’ve chosen for many years not to get involved in certain situations, because it didn’t look like it was our kind of situation.” “And I’m not saying it was going to be crooked, or it was going to be this,”

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Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey - "If shoe companies are still going to be heavily involved with grassroots [basketball], it’s going to be a problem,” “Are they going to back off a little bit, given they’re getting into some stuff here with the FBI? In that vacuum, would they maybe work with us with combines and clinics sponsored by the NCAA, USA Basketball and the [National Association of Basketball Coaches]?”

Wednesday, March 21, 2018


 PT. 8
Dated: MARCH 21, 2018
We have reviewed the
October 2017 charge of the Commission on College Basketball (“CBC”) and appreciate the
opportunity to submit the following recommendations for the CBC’s consideration.
 Reconstitute the summer basketball recruiting landscape.

SHORT-TERM. The NCAA should increase its presence at recruiting events scheduled for
the summer of 2018 by assigning teams of observers to comprehensively assess the
current landscape.

LONG-TERM. Create a new summer recruiting model to be launched in the summer of
and managed by the NCAA in collaboration with the National Federation of High
School Associations, the NABC, the AAU and USA Basketball
.  The three major apparel
companies in the college sports space (Nike, Under Armour and Adidas) should be
included in the effort using incentives and parameters to be determined.
Purpose: To allow for centralized control and efficient evaluation of pre-collegiate
prospects through a mix of game competition, practices, and position skill
Structure:  Ten (10) four-day events spread over the July evaluation period at the following regional sites: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Las Vegas, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Texas. In order to attract both highly-rated prospects and prominent college coaches, the events should include: (1) low/no cost for participating players; (2) high quality competition and instruction; (3) first-rate facilities; and (4) other added value. NCAA coaches will not be permitted to attend any events that do not meet these standards.
Coaches: All recruiting event coaches must be USAB-certified.
UNDERLYING PREMISE: The pre-collegiate, non-scholastic basketball world is largely
comprised of loosely connected or unconnected teams operating on their own without
formal regulation
We believe that USA Basketball is the appropriate entity to assume the oversight function.
However, we recognize that the large (and potentially unwieldy) number of non-scholastic
basketball organizations in the U.S. and their presumed reluctance to voluntarily consent to supervision by any authority represent major obstacles in achieving this objective. Accordingly, we recommend that this topic be studied further for possible future action. Inthe meantime, we recommend the following:
The NCAA should reassess the conditions that must be satisfied before NCAA coaches
are permitted to attend travel team events for evaluation purposes (including mandatory disclosure of travel team funding sources so as to reduce or eliminate the possibility of funding by agents or by institutional boosters to obtain a recruiting advantage). USAB can assist in the process of auditing and certifying such events.
A forum with the NFHS to discuss the state of high school basketball and the ongoing role of high school coaches. We note that high school programs continue to offer significant benefits to young basketball players and that high school
basketball coaches are subject to more rigorous oversight than travel team operators and coaches due to the involvement of athletics directors, principals, superintendents, school districts and state associations, which creates controls that do not exist with travel teams.
Create and publish a list available to the public of outside individuals – including travel team coaches, family members, apparel company executives, agents, advisors and runners – who are found to have engaged in practices antithetical to NCAA rules and values.

In closing, we are grateful to Dr. Rice and the Commission for their efforts in addressing critical
issues in a sport that – as March Madness again proves – is embraced by universities and fans
around the country. We understand that this review is only the start and that implementation
of the Commission’s final recommendations will take much effort, resources and conviction.
The BIG EAST stands ready to support these efforts and looks forward to being a constructive
participant as college basketball enters its next phase.

Monday, March 19, 2018


 PT. 7
Excerpts below are sourced directly from the PAC-12 Men's Basketball Task Force Report & Recommendations March 2018.
The Task Force was conceived as a group of people with varied but deep experience in the world of college basketball, capable of producing practical and actionable recommendations that would inform the parallel effort being undertaken at the NCAA level under former Secretary of State (and former Stanford University Provost) Condoleezza Rice, while at the same time providing a basis for the Conference’s research, input, and potentially independent action.
Starting in October 2017, the Task Force met several times in person, by phone, and in smaller committees. In addition, individual members of the Task Force and the Conference staff conferred with a variety of individuals who are involved in college, professional, and youth basketball in a variety of roles, including coaches, sponsors, agents, and athletes, as well as several university presidents. The Task Force also maintained lines of communication with the commission established by the NCAA, chaired by former Secretary of State (and former Stanford Provost) Condoleezza Rice, to examine the same issues.
To an extent, the development of the current youth basketball environment, in which club teams and summer camps have come to rival if not displace high school sports, reflects a trend in youth sports that is hardly limited to basketball. Travel teams proliferate in sports ranging from soccer to baseball to lacrosse, and increasingly in “7-on-7” football. And the criticisms that are mounted against it in basketball are heard in these other non-scholastic sports programs as well: The length of season, number of games, number of practices, travel time, etc., are unrestrained by the limitations traditionally associated with school-sponsored sports. Academics are underemphasized.
The demands of travel intrude upon time for academics as well as family life and other pursuits. The majority of coaches are not teachers or school employees, are untethered by the same administrative or ethical constraints, and are in some cases chasing shoe deals or coaching jobs at higher levels. The youngster is often said to be playing largely for him (or her) self rather than to represent a school or some other institution. The experience is said to generate selfishness and a sense of entitlement among players and, not infrequently their parents. To be fair, there are also many youth players who are intensely loyal to their club programs. Youth players are, in some cases, receiving sub-standard basketball skill development.

While participation in travel teams and tournaments is viewed as indispensable to obtaining a college scholarship and perhaps a shot at the NBA, many say that, due to the nearly exclusive focus on 5-on-5 full court games at the expense of skill development, it encourages a selfish style of play that robs players of learning the fundamentals of the game, leads to a selfish focus on playing time and transferring from team to team, and creates a sense of entitlement that renders players emotionally ill-equipped to deal with life on either a professional or college team.
Questions have also been raised about the backgrounds and qualifications of non-scholastic league coaches, particularly when compared with high school coaches who may also be teachers (though this is less frequently the case in recent years) and who, ideally at least, have the educational growth of their players as an important part of their objectives: And some suggest that the quality of coaching in elite AAU programs exceeds that of the average high school. In the competition for players, the relationship between AAU and high school coaches has often become acrimonious, with each side airing complaints against the other that do not always stand up to scrutiny.
PAC-12 Task force Men's proposed recommendations: It is our view that the current structure, by excessively limiting coaching contacts and elevating the importance of summer tournaments, has increased the power and influence of third parties, such as grassroots club coaches and other intermediaries. We recommend rethinking this model with the goal of reducing the influence of those intermediaries (and the potential they pose for abuse and NCAA eligibility violations), with the underlying premise that earlier visits to high schools, earlier official visits to campus, and controlled summer workouts and education via the “event” model would reduce the influence of intermediaries.
In considering what a revised model might look like, we must recognize which variables are within the NCAA’s control and which are not. The recruiting calendar for college coaches, certification of noninstitutional organized events, and rules governing on and off-campus recruitment of PSAs (including the regulation of campus visits and who pays for them), are within the NCAA’s control. The activities of shoe and apparel companies, youth leagues (and their coaches), and non-scholastic event administrators are not. However, the activities of those other organizations can be influenced by whatever framework the NCAA adopts, because the goal of the PSA participants is, to a great extent, to obtain a college scholarship.
The NCAA should organize, possibly with USA Basketball and other appropriate organizations, regional summer events in July that incorporate important basketball skill development, live games and educational components, as well as an opportunity for the young athlete to obtain an objective opinion regarding his potential as a professional or as a scholarship student-athlete. Invitations to these events would be issued to individuals rather than travel teams.
Modify the NCAA recruiting calendar to limit college coach recruitment in July to these NCAA events, thus prohibiting coaches to recruit at other non-scholastic summer events.
We believe these events would offer the following benefits: The events could provide useful skills development, with individual drills, three-on-three games, and limited 5-on-5 competition, differentiating it from the current, prevailing youth tournament model.
The Task Force’s concerns about the negative aspects of the current summer non-scholastic recruitment season apply equally to the April non-scholastic recruiting period. For that reason, we believe that recruitment at the April non-scholastic events should be prohibited provided a suitable replacement, analogous to the proposed summer events, can be created.

Friday, March 16, 2018


 PT. 6


November 16, 2017
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association Michele Roberts

December 12, 2017
Executive Director of the  National Association of Basketball Coaches Jim Haney

Two unnamed Division I head basketball coaches who are board members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches

Chairs of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions and Enforcement and Infractions Review Group

January 11, 2018
Unnamed top level sports agents

Representatives from Nike and Under Armour
All appeared separately before the Commission

Adidas reps unable to attend schedule meeting on 1-11-18

February 26, 2018
USA Basketball
Several conferences 
One unnamed sports agency 
High school basketball representatives??
All appeared separately before the Commission

The Commission on College Basketball has been established by the NCAA Board of Governors, Division I Board of Directors and NCAA President to fully examine critical aspects of Division I men’s basketball. The Commission is strongly encouraged to identify bold legislative, policy and structural modifications to improve the integrity of our processes and the well-being of our student athletes. Further, the boards stand ready and are committed to implement appropriate meaningful and lasting changes.

Sunday, March 4, 2018


 PT. 5  
Did you know during October of 2017 the Pac-12 Conference under the direction of Commissioner Larry Scott & following the creation of the NCAA Commission on College Basketball by Mark Emmert formed a separate task force to protect student-athletes and address systemic issues threatening college athletics? At its initial meeting  the Task Force discussed the following areas of focus: recruiting processes; agent relationships; shoe and apparel partnerships; NCAA enforcement; the impact of “one and done”; and socioeconomic factors. Members of the Task Force will examine in depth the areas of focus through conversations with college basketball stakeholders and subject matter experts, including former student-athletes, parents, agents, shoe and apparel representatives, independent recruiting event directors, compliance experts and high school coaches and administrators, among others.   The task force will "take advantage of the expertise we have directly and indirectly through our Conference, from coaches to administrators, former student-athletes, shoe and apparel companies based here in the West, agents, folks associated with the AAU... all of those that are involved in the pathway from youth basketball to college and the NBA," Scott said.
The full membership of the Pac-12 Task Force is as follows:
Tom Jernstedt
Naismith Hall of Famer, former University of Oregon athletics administrator and Executive Vice President/head of basketball for the NCAA

Mike Montgomery
NCAA Basketball Hall of Fame Men’s Basketball Coach (Stanford, Cal) who is also serving on the NCAA Commission on College Basketball

Charles Davis
Former football student-athlete, Stanford University Athletics administrator, NFL player, and FOX Sports analyst

Chris Hill
Pac-12 Athletic Director (Utah) and former member of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee

Dan Guerrero
Pac-12 Athletic Director (UCLA) and former Chair of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee

Ceal Barry
Pac-12 Senior Woman Administrator and former women’s basketball coach at Colorado

Alan Green
Pac-12 Faculty Athletic Representative and current Associate Professor of Clinical Education at University of Southern California

Brevin Knight
Former men’s basketball student-athlete at Stanford, NBA veteran, and current broadcaster

Steve Lavin
Former Pac-12 men’s basketball coach at UCLA, current broadcaster

Bob Myers
Former Pac-12 men’s basketball student-athlete at UCLA, current General Manager of Golden State Warriors

Jennifer Azzi
Former Pac-12 women’s basketball student-athlete, Olympic Gold Medalist, NCAA champion at Stanford, and college basketball head coach

Yogi Roth
Former student-athlete, Pac-12 football Coach at USC, and current college sports broadcast analyst for Pac-12 Networks

The primary objectives of the Task Force will be: (i) education and issues identification, (ii) identification of best practices, (iii) recommendations for systemic reform and (iv) application of learning to sports beyond basketball.  The Task Force will issue findings and recommendations to the Pac-12 CEO Group in March 2018. A final report with a series of recommendations for both the Pac-12 Conference and the NCAA will then be shared with the NCAA Commission on College Basketball along with the national collegiate community.

Just a little insight into the thought process in 2015 the Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott openly discussed the possibility of making academically eligible freshmen basketball players sit out a year.
Ask yourself which college basketball conference so far has faced the largest "potential" scandal involving allegedly its coaches & players - Sean Miller & DeAndre Ayton? Which conference do you believe will attempt to clean up its reputation with "bold" recommendations to the NCAA Commission on College Basketball?

 Lastly did you know last October ACC Commissioner John Swofford unveiled a five-member task force to study issues exposed by recent federal charges against, among others, four assistant coaches, two Adidas employees, a financial adviser and former agent.
The latest scandal “is a wake-up call, and it’s an opportunity,” Swofford said during a one-on-one interview at the ACC’s annual preseason media gathering. “If we don’t take advantage of this opportunity, shame on us collectively.”
Swofford wants the ACC task force to offer suggestions to the NCAA commission, chaired by former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice and including retired players Grant Hill and David Robinson He wants the group to canvass not only ACC coaches, but stakeholders outside the conference. Swofford is meeting individually with the league’s 15 head coaches and said a common theme has emerged: “There’s a sense that the good guys have been hurt by this, and it’s time for that to end.”

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey wondered aloud if shoe companies such as Adidas and Nike would bail from grassroots basketball, allowing USA Basketball, the NCAA and National Association of Basketball Coaches to organize the circuit.

Thursday, February 22, 2018


For those who believe it is a conspiracy theory without facts when told AAU is quietly under attack meet retired General Martin E. Dempsey his connections to youth basketball are organized below to help you connect the dots.
Before we begin it must be noted that Dempsey's basketball bio does not include any experience playing, nor coaching basketball at any level so you may question how he has attained several high level basketball positions & his motives when making decisions within his role.
Dempsey's limited basketball experiences include that he has spoken on leadership panels with members of USA Basketball, addressed the men’s and women’s national teams on numerous occasions and led USA Basketball’s participation in the Hoops for Troops and TAPS (Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors) programs to connect the world's best athletes with the world's best military and their families.

Current positions held:
1. Special Adviser to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver - Dempsey counsels the NBA on leadership and service and helps with the league’s efforts to engage youth.
2. Chair of the recently formed Jr. NBA Leadership Council.
3. Elected USA Basketball Chairman for the 2017-20 quadrennium.
4. Member of the NCAA Commission on College Basketball led by Chair Condoleezza Rice which is currently thoroughly examining recruiting, AAU, grassroots & youth basketball leagues maintained by Nike, UA & Adidas etc. as recently confirmed by NCAA President Mark Emmert.
A brief snapshot into Dempsey's thinking on youth basketball & USA basketball: The NBA and USA Basketball have partnered to develop a first-ever set of youth basketball guidelines to enhance the way children, parents and coaches experience the game, emphasizing the importance of player health and wellness. The recommended playing and rest guidelines — which have been endorsed by a handful of organizations such as AAU, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Adidas, NikeUnder Armour and the NCAA.
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An overemphasis on early competitive success has led to several well-recognized issues that exist across youth sports, including in youth basketball:
  • Pressure to begin high-intensity training at a young age
  • Early single-sport specialization
  • Frequent and multiple competitive event scheduling
  • Increased risk for injury, burnout, and disengagement from sports
Dempsey's thoughts “As both the chairman of the Jr. NBA Leadership Council and a parent whose kids grew up playing basketball, I’m proud that the NBA and USA Basketball developed these important guidelines" “We have a responsibility as stewards of the game to provide an appropriate structure for youth basketball, and these recommendations will help to reshape the game in a positive way at the grassroots level and promote a healthy experience.”
Dempsey's thoughts on USA Basketball "Playing for USA Basketball is about commitment, sacrifice, and pride. It's about developing young men and women who are exceptional athletes but also exceptional leaders. It's about respecting the game and our international competitors. It's about representing our country with honor, and it's about winning. I look forward to working with the USA Basketball staff, coaches, players, and families"
You are probably wondering why & more importantly how a retired military general with no previous basketball experience has working relationships with the NBA, Jr. NBA, USA Basketball & the NCAA?
Think & Connect the Dots.