NCAA March Madness, A U.S. Holiday

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March Madness is here. The kickoff for March Madness is probably one of the most anticipated weekends for sports lovers. Hell, even those who are not sports lovers can enjoy this weekend because college ties may be near. And for those who are in the work force, it is not uncommon to hear large commotion or even see a gathering of fellow coworkers huddled around laptops, in the break room etc. to watch some of the games. Starting at noon on a Thursday with games virtually until midnight for four days straight, man for someone who lovers basketball like I do, it’s bliss lmao.

I have always found collegiate sports more interesting than professional. There is something to be said about these young individuals playing with the pressure of pressures and the world watching. This is also a time where you see those players who are top dawgs put on the best of shows. Earn your respect and possibly earn a chance at the next level!

March Madness is here.

Social Media's Impact on High School Basketball Pt. 1

One thing that I have noticed over my years of watching High School basketball is the dedication that these young individuals have put into their craft.  Maybe it's just social media, but it certainly seems that these young individuals are will to put in the work to get to the next level.  

Don't get my wrong, I know that there have always been young talented players who have put in the NBA level type of work on their way to being future All-Americans, Division 1 athletes, NBA All-Stars but it definitely seems to be at a higher rate than when I was in High School.  I did attend HS and played basketball with one of the top players in the country across all recruiting sites and believe me that same work was not the case back then.  In fact, I get kind of upset knowing that I did not suggest and push him (us) to be in the gym more to actually get reps that would imporve our game as players!  I'm not saying we didn't hoop at all, we did and it was more so in open gyms 5v5.  This helps for conditioning but does not necessarily tend to your solo gains as a player.  The one thing I do know is if I pushed my brotha and went to the gym with him, he would be in the NBA no doubt!  But hey that is a post for another time.

What I do know is I definitely respect and am encouraged by these young players based on their dedication to get better.  It's funny because for better or worse, social media has had an impact on what we see from the players.  As a teenager who strives to be one of the top players in the country, you would be hard-pressed to sit at home relaxing while you see even the most elite of players in the gym, daily, early as 5 AM improving upon their craft.  So for as much as social media may have hurt our youth talent, this is a part that I truly appreciate!  

Apply Pressure!

 

LLC OUT