Leigh Alan Klein

Parent, journalist, adjunct professor, host-That Bracket Show on SB Nation Radio and former Five-Star Camp CEO. Principal of Klein Sports and Education Consulting. Current clients include; The Highlands Current, Kinexon Sports, Basketball Travelers, and Blue Star Sports Technology. Current member of the USA Basketball Working Group on Youth Development Member: USA Basketball Writers Association, AIPS, AP Sports Editors, NABC and Society of Professional Journalists

  • Events
    Florida’s DME Program on the Rise

    DME Academy is the brainchild of Mike and Dan Panaggio, former upstate NY basketball players who started...

  • Issues & Items
    The NCAA Double Downs On Amateurism

    The NCAA is ok if the college scholarship experience was cheapened by sham academic classes, just don’t mess with amateurism! It’s a Double-Down on the student-athlete model. After 3.5 years of investigation, the NCAA concluded that the University of North Carolina did not provide impermissible benefits to its student-athletes because the fake African...

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    CBB Fans: Don’t Be Shocked -There Has Always Been $ Under the Table

    The FBI probe broke the story this week of money exchanging hands through a vertical relationship of college coaches, agents, financial advisers, sneaker companies, club basketball and recruits. This is nothing new in basketball. This “system” has been in place since Kevin Garnett switched high schools from South Carolina to Chicago. Before...

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    When the shoe drops…

    Yesterday, teams were pumped for the beginning of the new season with practice starting on most campuses as early as Friday. A day later and it’s the equivalent of someone setting off a nuclear bomb to the college basketball world. Coaches getting in trouble for recruiting, that’s nothing new but the FBI...

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    Takeaways: UAA All American Camp, Zero Gravity and The Weekend

    There is so much going on this live period window, especially in the Northeast. Philadelphia was a popular destination between the UAA All American Camp and the Elevate Hoops Tournament. 1) UAA All American Camp had good players, a good staff but was missing “flavor”. There were several players sitting out activities...

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    Takeaways: UAA Finals Atlanta

    Two great days spent at the gorgeous LakePoint Sports Complex in Emerson, Georgia, an incredible facility with 12 courts on one level. 1) Yes, there were players… Several players caught my eye, two in particular; Nico Mannion, 6’1 2020 Pinnacle HS playing for Earl Watson Elite. Nico is one of the best...

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    Takeaways: Adidas Uprising Spartanburg

    After a great two days in Spartanburg, here are some quick-hitting takeaways: I) Coaches Need Career Development As the event was going on and coaches moved around the courts by the dozen, upstairs the SoCon was having an officials training camp preparing the next gen of officials with practical experience doing the...

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    Blue Star Sports Tech: esports

    Blue Star Sports Tech was at the Hashtag Sports Conference to learn more about the trends in sports technology.  Here are the conference notes from one of the hottest areas in sports – Esports Intersection between gaming and sports Gaming community is an opportunity to connect brands with young users Can brands...

  • Issues & Items
    Mid-Season: College Coaches Share Their Game Plan For Handling Adversity

    This is the third part of my series regarding adversity called-Mid Season. Quest Nutrition founder, Tom Bilyeu, explains a series of steps that people could utilize to change their lives.  One of which that he discusses passionately is about narrative. “I’m the type of person that…” When facing adversity, this attitude is...

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    Mid-Season: Learn About Guts from Stephen Perkins

    This is the second part of my series regarding adversity called – Mid-Season: Learn About Guts from Stephen Perkins: In high school, growing up in Yonkers, a few blocks from Yonkers Raceway, gambling came with the turf just like the nation’s best water and incredible pizza. We played cards every week usually...

  • Issues & Items
    Mid-Season: Jimmy Carr Taught Me About Courage

    This is the first part of my series regarding adversity called – Mid-Season:   Jimmy Carr Taught Me About Courage There was a time when I considered Coach Carr the enemy. He was working for our rival at Five-Star, Eastern Invitational. We competed for coaches, players and industry stature. Coach Carr would start...

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    NBA Draft Lottery – BlueStar Exclusive Audio from Fultz, Ball, Collins, Tatum, Allen and Kennard

    Hear direct from next week’s lottery picks about themselves and their game.   Markel Fultz (Projected #1) Describes himself as a player     Lonzo Ball (Projected #2) Talking his love to pass     Lonzo Ball -the player in his own words     Jayson Tatum (Projected #4) Classifies himself as...

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    He was standing behind the bench in a Black Soul Cycle Shirt…

    We were in Basketball City, New York City with 6 courts of high-intensity action going on.  It was Under Armour’s UAA circuit, sponsored teams, recruited players – competing under the watchful eye of some of the nation’s top college coaches.  Dozens and dozens of college coaches came through every day, in total...

  • Challenges
    We Are All Paying the Price For Coaching Changes

    Word has just come in, Coach Jack Perri from Long Island University has been fired. I don’t know Coach Perri AT ALL, never met him, never spoke on the phone. His team won 20 games this year, their last 6 in conference play before losing by one point at home in the...

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    The Ten Commandments of the Underdog

    During a three-year stretch, I tried on the slipper as part of a team living the role of Cinderella.  Three consecutive years as a double-digit seed in the NCAA tournament with uniquely different teams that found ways to advance.  Why were we successful and what commonalities did other successful underdogs have? Is there...

  • Issues & Items
    The Undefeated Season That Wasn’t…

    The D2 Junior College National Tournament invites 16 teams throughout the country of 118 teams.  Returning to the National Tournament is South Suburban College out of South Holland, Illinois.  South Suburban College lost in the National semi-finals to Triton 82-77 last season.  It was the 7th trip to Nationals in 10 years,...