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Published: Wednesday, July 25 2012 7:46 p.m. MDT

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Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

These tourneys all over the place are just too much for high schoolers; it's a shame that these kids are pushing so hard (or are being pushed so hard) for a shot at a college career.

Balan
South Jordan, Utah

So you are telling them what they should do? I am sure they all enjoy playing basketball very much and wouldn't change it for anything. My kids play baseball much of the year and love it (and no, I do not force them to play). It never ceases to amaze me how some are so quick to tell others how to run their lives.

The biggest problem I see is the potential financial hardship for the parents. But my guess is that these families are able to come up with the money pretty easily.

Good luck to all the kids, and particularly the ones who have signed with BYU. It will be fun to follow your careers.

altahoops
Provo, UT

The finances can be fairly steep for participation in these kinds of events, not to mention the cost to get them to and from the events. I've heard the argument that goes like this: "Why not save the money you would spend on this kind of thing and just pay for you kid's college education yourself rather than chasing a scholarship? Especially when they already have a scholarship locked up?"

My response is that at this level, these kids are not being pushed at all but are out in front of their parents on this. They love the challenge, they love the competition. They want to see where they stack up with the best of the best. They want to improve their game in a way not available playing pickup at the local church gym. And just think of the interesting people they get to meet and the sites they get to see!

My hat is off to their parents for the sacrifice in time and money to afford them this opportunity. It sure beats flipping burgers at the Purple Turtle all summer.

San Diego
Orem, UT

Over 1,000 AAU teams in Vegas? Are you sure this is not a misprint?

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