CBC - The Fifth Estate-"Fast Break" - Orig. Broadcast Date: Friday, March 2, 2012
The thing is that if your a very talented player, you don't need to go to prep school to get exposure, you should rather do the hard way to earn that scholarship while in Canada.
But we really have to be careful not to paint every prep with the same brush. The reasons why these negative things happen is due to the desire of the young people to realize their dream while at the same time realizing that their dream may not be fulfilled here in Canada. Parents have to be aware and not let their children's dream cloud their own reality. Scholarships should be free, if not, that means two things...your kids isn't good enough or it's a scam. If you have to pay... don't go. If it smells too good to be true it probably is.
Kids want to be seen and want to play against the best, so they're lured to the States. Some preps are legit, some aren't. You have to do your homework. Not every kid in basketball is a prep player. Some are though. Parents have to do their homework. Coaches have to do the same.
Do your homework, be ready. Be involved.
Most of the players who have gone down to preps will have a better chance at scholarship than if they stayed here. That's just the truth. I'll repeat, 'chance'. Obviously, these kids can't skate into D-1. Hence the 5th Estate report. Not all of the kids in preps 'skate'.
Parents should focus on education for yourselves and your children.