Quite often, we find that parents do not understand how competitive the AAU level is in New Jersey. Therefore, Rise as One Basketball assist parents in determining the appropriate level of each player. Many players come to our program as one of the best players in their CYO, Rec, travel, or town basketball team. The expectation that they will duplicate that same success in AAU seems natural. Unfortunately, this is not always the case unless a player plays and trains at a competitive level year around.
Rise as One’s specialty is the development of players. We recruit travel level players who are talented but still need to be developed. Many parents and players want the microwave success; however, this is not how basketball works. Becoming a skilled basketball player takes years of development.
Our results support this because our most successful teams have been together for three years. Unlike many other AAU programs, Rise as One does not make the generic claim that our program is for all ages and abilities. We want players who are dedicated to improving, willing to work hard, and who trust the process of development. If a player or parent doesn’t support our method, they should consider another AAU program who better matches their goals. We are a certified organization of USA Youth Basketball and Jr NBA we follow the same methods of each program.