Prep vs. Public while this will be forever a topic of discussion, both have their pros and cons. We talked with several prep players who spoke about the deference and how they felt going from one school to the other.
Public School is just that Public its usually the school in your town in which you attend free of charge. In some cases public school districts have great academic curriculums, but the flip side they can have poor curriculums as well. Public schools teachers union contracts protect them from certain things such has staying to help a student after school who don’t understand the class work.
As an athlete its great to play in front of family and friends who have seen you become the star player that you have become. But lets be honest you can count on your hands how many scholarship basketball players in the last 6-7 years that went to any BCS school.
Prep schools, usually private, designed to prepare students for a college or university education. Prep schools cost usually range around 40k – 50k a year. Educational wise public isn’t even close; teachers usually live in the same dorm as the students, each prep school that I have been in contact with has mandatory study hall every night where the wifi is shut off and students have to complete assigned course work.
This alone prepares you for college, waking up on your own, doing your own laundry all helps students mature in a prep school environment.
Now lets talk basketball, if you’re a high school basketball prospect with dreams of going to the NBA yes NBA we all had them until reality struck and we where only 5’9” as a sophomore in high school. If you haven’t attended a game you don’t know what you are missing, high level basketball that would put MIAA to shame. I will go on record of saying a AAA or AA school would mercy rules the majority of MIAA schools if not all.
“I left because I wanted to put myself in better position for college, academically and athletically, public school could not provide that”
Jared Terrell 2014 top 25 prospects was once at Weymouth High School who was given the keys to the town, “I felt like I already dominated at the MIAA level. I felt my game would not have progressed playing against MIAA competition. Prep school has some of the best players in the world, I played against someone going Division one every night as well as in practice”
Jaylen Brantley 2013 top 100 guard “Better opportunity to reach my goal of playing division one basketball, also my coaches in public weren’t helping me reach that goal basketball wise or academically”
Hoop Dreams Magazine covers both Public as well as Prep school basketball. We can count on one hand how many division one coaches we have seen at a public school game this past season. Prep school is just what it says, prep you for college, its not for everyone. The MIAA makes it easy by not allowing coaches to work with their players earlier in the season, where prep schools start working out as soon as the player drops his or her bags at their dorms after orientation.
There are some great public school coaches who actually do their jobs and help players get to the level they can play at, but unfortunately the bad out weigh the good by hundreds.
If your child can attend a private school for little to no money and you don’t send him/her, shame on you.