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!