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LSB ACADEMY PLAYER PROGRESSION PATHWAYS

HELPING PLAYERS & PARENTS MAKE BETTER INFORMED BASKETBALL PLANS & DECISIONS

WANT TO GET TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

You're not alone. Many players worldwide want to get to the 'Next Level', whether they aspire to play professionally one day or earn themselves a basketball scholarship to experience US college basketball - or even make the transition over to play in Europe. In order to make your dreams a reality, you have to develop your skills to a level that is coveted by the coaches who can ultimately open the doors to where you want to be. Skills development is a necessity, however in addition to talent, you have to take the right steps to ensure you become recruited by as many coaches and teams as your talent and work ethic should allow. LSB Academies prepare, inform, and educate both players and parents around all of these steps and the many different options available to players who aspire to play at a higher level, so you can develop into the best player you can be, but also map out and follow your own career path with clarity and support from experienced professionals who understand the game on and off the court. Best of all - LSB Academies are 100% FREE to all London based players. Our goal is to remove all obstacles that may stand in your way of reaching your full potential. If you're a London hooper serious about your game - we're serious about helping you.

HOW TO GET RECRUITED

HOW LSB ACADEMIES CAN HELP WITH THE 3 STEP PROCESS

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GET IN THE GAME

LSB Academies compete in the ABL (Academies Basketball League), CBL (Community Basketball League) and through our club linked partnerships, the EYBL (European Youth Basketball Leauge). In addition, LSB Academies compete in international junior tournaments, across the globe. With 30-40 games per season, we provide ample opportunities for you to compete and test yourself against the best players in your age group.

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DOMINATE YOUR LANE

LSB Academies provide 10-15 hours of dedicated coaching per week for players interested in developing their skills. Work ethic and dedication are one thing, but without good coaching, the results of all of that hard work are likely to be less than they could be. Our Academies place you with coaches who have been where you are striving to get to, with the necessary skills to develop your talent so you can be the best you possibly can be. With so many games on a typical LSB Academy schedule, you will have increased opportunities to showcase what you're learning in real competitions.

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MARKET YOUR NAME

All ABL games are recorded and digitised and made available to all of our players. New for the 2021/22 season, all of the CBL games and international tournament games are also being recorded (and in some cases, live-streamed). At a LSB Academy, you have the opportunity to build a major bank of game footage of you performing at your best, which is the medium coaches in America, Europe and the UK will request from you as soon as they are aware of you as a potential prospect. Player 'mixtapes' come from these games, which are used to increase your exposure online, both directly and indirectly. New for the 2021/22 season, top players from our Academies will also feature on college prospect player ranking lists distributed throughout our wide network of US college and European academy coaching networks. Once your game is 'ready' we want to let the world know abut you.  Increased exposure = more opportunity.

PROGRESSION PATHWAYS FOR ACADEMY PLAYERS

NCAA COLLEGE BASKETBALL

The NCAA (National College Athletic Association) represents the highest level of collegiate basketball in the world and is the widely accepted platform that the majority of professional players come from. NCAA universities offer undergraduate 4-year academic degree programs, where you study alongside training, competing and representing the school in high-level intercollegiate basketball competitions.

JUNIOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL (JUCO)

The NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association), often referred to as 'JUCO' (Junior College), represents an alternative potential entry route into a NCAA university. However, JUCO's are colleges in their own right. The biggest differentiator is JUCO's offer 2 year courses of study, which essentially prepare you academically (providing you pass your classes) for entry into a NCAA 4 year university. Keep in mind, the 2 years spent in JUCO will be deducted from the 4 years of eligibility you get a NCAA university - so if you spend to years in JUCO, you will only get 2 year of playing eligiibilty at a NCAA school, should you qualifiy for a transfer. JUCO's are often the route for players if they do not initally qualify academically for a NCAA school, or they have not been able to attract the scholarship they want from a NCAA school. NCAA schools heavily recruit from the JUCO ranks every year as it is filled with highly talented players at the top level, and is very competitive.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of INTERCOLLEGIATE ATHLETICS (NAIA)

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) is a college athletics association for small colleges and universities in America. Most NAIA schools are private colleges, with many providing scholarships to international students. Often overlooked by English players, NAIA schools have produced a vast number of high-level professional players who have excelled at the top levels in Europe (and some, in the NBA) as players are often given larger responsibilities on court than they may get if they go to bigger schools. These increased responsibilities lead to wider development of skills, which ultimately produce better pro's. Many NAIA schools also offer an excellent education that serves players well in their post-playing careers.

BRITISH UNIVERSITIES & COLLEGES SPORT (BUCS)

The British Universities & Colleges Sport (BUCS) are the British Universities sports pathway for players who want to stay on home soil and combine their athletic and academic careers at the next level. The BUCS basketball programme runs throughout the university year, with teams competing regionally and nationally against other universities split across a tired division system (Premier League through to Division 5). For talented academy players, some universities offer scholarships that pay for some (or in some cases, all) of your tuition and housing fees, in return for you representing the university in BUCS competitions.

POST-GRAD PREP SCHOOLS (USA)

Prep Schools in the US provide Academy graduates with a 'post-grad' year, typically in a private boarding school setting, where players compete and study for a single season as they acclimatise to America while increasing their exposure to potential college coaches. Prep School participation does not count against your 4 year eligibility window for college, making this option attractive for a number of players. However, scholarships at this level, for post-grad students, are rare, and tuition and board are often prohibitively expensive. That being said, if this option is financially viable for a player and his/her family, it can be a worthwhile investment if it results in securing a full-athletic scholarship to a good college.

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The London School of Basketball (LSB) is London's biggest and most exciting grassroots basketball development agency, who focus on teaching the game from the grassroots up.  The LSB specialise in basketball coaching for players of all abilities through a quality-assured, expansive network of qualified coaches and clubs throughout the capital.  We also facilitate educational programs to develop new and improved coaches, stronger clubs and remain committed to creating more opportunities for young Londoners to LEARN, PLAY, DEVELOP & PROGRESS within the game, all across the city.  

The Community Basketball League (CBL) is the most coveted grassroots basketball competition in London with over 2,000 registered players representing North, East, West, and South London. Our league provides organised competitions and playing opportunities for a wide range of abilities from early-stage beginners through to the future stars of our game!  We strive to drive excitement and character-building playing experiences for young people across our league, while promoting the values of positive sports competition so our players develop lifelong healthy habits and an appreciation and love of the game. If you're into basketball and in London, get involved...you'll be glad you did ;) 

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