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Opinions vary among area high school coaches about the value of club basketball

Corey Knigge, Mundelein boys basketball coach
Mundelein boys basketball coach Corey Knigge has mixed feelings about club basketball: “In some respects, it’s been great for the kids. ... But I do see it lessening the importance of high school basketball.” | File

Scott Lidskin said he realizes his Illinois Old School program isn’t like some of the others that populate the club basketball landscape.

A former boys basketball assistant coach at Glenbrook North, Lidskin said he makes sure his players understand their respective high school teams come first.

“We want to have a good relationship with the high schools,” said Lidskin, who started Illinois Old School five years ago while he was working at Glenbrook North. “We are not trying to take their kids away. We want to be a partner with them.”

Not all travel programs are alike, and that might help explain why high school coaches in the Pioneer Press coverage area have a wide range of opinions about the role clubs play in their sport.

[Read the full story on High School Cube News]

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