by Gary Hawkins

If you are looking to play college basketball at any level, AAU boys basketball has almost become a mandatory step in being recruited. College coaches today want to know that basketball is your passion and you are working all year to get better.

The AAU stands for the Amateur Athletic Union. AAU boys basketball has been on the scene for many years. The best basketball players use the spring season to not only keep playing basketball, but as a way to get noticed by college coaches. It's rare today to see a player who has signed to play college basketball that did not play AAU in the summer.

AAU boys basketball has gotten so competitive that there are now teams who have corporate sponsors, NBA player sponsors, and travel the country playing against the best competition. For instance, a top level player in my area named Reggie Bullock, who will play at UNC next year, played with a team sponsored by NBA great Chris Paul. This team traveled all around the country playing other elite teams.

My son recently signed to play college basketball at Montreat College. As he went through the recruitment process, one of the first questions coaches would ask him was about his AAU boys basketball experience. Coaches know that if a prospect is playing all year round, they are serious about working hard and getting better.

The USSSA (United States Specialty Sports Association) has grown in popularity in the last few years as an alternative. The USSSA host tournaments all across the country and they are starting to attract some of the very best talent also.

If you want to play college basketball, this level of basketball is an option you will want to quickly check in to. Coaches will want to see that you have this level of desire to get better and play against the best competition. As you develop an athletic resume and begin contacting college coaches about playing for their program, you will want to make sure AAU boys basketball is a part of your experience.

Gary Hawkins is a well known recruiting and athletic scholarship expert and the author of a popular 17-page free report titled:

"Five Secrets You Must Know To Get Recruited For Athletic Scholarships"

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