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PREP Athletics is a company that helps basketball players find the right fitting prep schools to help them meet their goals. This podcast features PREP Athletics founder Cory Heitz's valuable expertise and vast connections to share insights and stories about the past, present, and future of prep school basketball. It also features in depth interviews with prep school basketball coaches from all competitive levels. Cory is a prep school alum, former D1 player, and Air Force veteran. Learn more about how PREP Athletics can help you by visiting www.prepathletics.com, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter.

PREP Athletics Basketball Podcast Cory Heitz

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PREP Athletics is a company that helps basketball players find the right fitting prep schools to help them meet their goals. This podcast features PREP Athletics founder Cory Heitz's valuable expertise and vast connections to share insights and stories about the past, present, and future of prep school basketball. It also features in depth interviews with prep school basketball coaches from all competitive levels. Cory is a prep school alum, former D1 player, and Air Force veteran. Learn more about how PREP Athletics can help you by visiting www.prepathletics.com, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter.

    What is a Post-Grad Year for Basketball? Who Should/Should NOT Look Into Doing One.

    What is a Post-Grad Year for Basketball? Who Should/Should NOT Look Into Doing One.

    In this mini episode Cory talks about the basics of a post-grad year. He mentions the four benefits which include growth in basketball, academics, and emotional maturity. There are also cultural benefits as well. He also talks about what kind of players prep school coaches and admission departments are looking for. Prep school is not for everyone and he lists what type of player should pause before pursuing this option.

    Connect with Cory:
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics 
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/ 
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics 
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com 
    Phone | 859-317-1166 

    Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
    iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ 
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic 
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw 

    About Me
    Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.

    • 11 min
    How Louis Tang Went From Not Speaking English to 3 Years Later Playing D1 at VMI

    How Louis Tang Went From Not Speaking English to 3 Years Later Playing D1 at VMI

    In this mini-episode we start our series on PREP Athletics success stories. First is highlighting VMI forward Louis Tang. Louis came to the US from Taiwan and didn't speak any English. He sacrificed a year of team basketball to learn the language and the US culture.  His last two years of high school he played in the WCAC which is the best high school basketball conference in the US. From here he earned a D1 scholarship to VMI.  Find out how he did it and the sacrifices he made in this episode. 

    Connect with Cory: 
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com 
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics 
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics 
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/ 
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com 
    Phone | 859-317-1166 

    Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
     iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ 
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic 
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw 

    About Me 
    Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.

    • 6 min
    Billionaire Sports Stars, NIL Forecasting, Secrets of D1 Basketball + much more feat. Andrew Petcash

    Billionaire Sports Stars, NIL Forecasting, Secrets of D1 Basketball + much more feat. Andrew Petcash

    On this week’s podcast we are joined by Andrew Petcash. Andrew played D1 at Boston University and at the end of 2021 shared his first post on what became The Petcash Post. In this informative conversation we talk about playing D1 versus being in the military, things no one tells you about D1, NIL deals, the NCAA transfer rule, picking an agent, becoming a billionaire and much more. 

    What You Will Learn:
    [1:59] When did Andrew realize he had something important to share? 
    [2:32] What story got Andrew interested in this topic?
    [3:26] Where did you feature these first articles?
    [4:19] Most famous person to like or retweet a Twitter post?
    [12:12] Picking agent and financial advisor if you are a pro.  
    [22:00] Military paying the tuition of college athletes.
    [26:26] St. Peter’s run to the Elite 8 and the financial windfall that came from it. 
    [30:07] Is the NIL for college athletes a bubble?
    [30:18] Worst case scenario for a NIL bubble?
    [33:51] Ivy Leagues taking advantage of NIL deals.
    [38:08] What you want others to know about the inside world of a D1 program?
    [41:46] Distrust with schools and the players and how to protect oneself.
    [44:22] Examples of a bad deal where someone was taken advantage of.
    [47:35] Will more players stay in the college game because they can make more money?
    [53:54] Pressure on players to perform.
    [55:53] Benefits of playing another sport in high school.
    [58:38] How growing up in a house of college athletes helped Andrew?
    [1:00:14] What is the one thing a player has to possess to make it to the NBA?
    [1:09:12] Biggest win of playing career.
    [1:10:15] Best player played against.
    [1:11:04] Hobbies
    [1:11:38] Favorite Movie
    [1:12:15] Which Petcash Newsletter should people read first?
    Connect w/ Andrew:
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/AndrewPetcash 
    Website | https://www.petcashpost.com/ 
    Email | andrewpetcash05@gmail.com 

    Connect with Cory: 
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com 
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/ 
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics 
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics 
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com 
    Phone | 859-317-1166 S

    Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
    iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ 
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic 
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw 

    About Me 
    Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    Can International Basketball Players Play at a US Prep School? YES they can!

    Can International Basketball Players Play at a US Prep School? YES they can!

    In this mini episode we talk about the option of international basketball players attending a US prep school. Prep schools love international players and the diversity they bring. Coaches do as well. Find out why prep schools like these players and learn about how financial aid works. 

    Connect with Cory:
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com
    Phone | 859-317-1166

    Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
    iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4
    Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic 
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw

    About Me
    Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals

    • 8 min
    New York Times Photographer + Former NAIA Big Man - David Maurice Smith

    New York Times Photographer + Former NAIA Big Man - David Maurice Smith

    On this week’s podcast we welcome David Maurice Smith.  David grew up in Vancouver British Columbia and played college basketball at Simon Frazier University.  After traveling the world he settled in Australia with his family where he is a professional photographer.  David has been featured in cover stories for The New York Times Magazine.  In this episode we talk about First Blood being filmed in his neighborhood while he was a kid, playing against Steve Nash, celebrity encounters, living in Australia and more.  David is one of my brothers and we have a good time swapping stories.  This is an example of a lifelong friendship that can come from a shared love of the game of basketball.  

    What You Will Learn:
    [3:05] Why he chose to play basketball?
    [4:45] Playing in British Columbia against Steve Nash in the early days.
    [7:27] Attending NAIA school Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
    [11:07] Biggest thing Dave learned playing in college.
    [16:17] Filming Rambo: First Blood in Dave’s childhood neighborhood.
    [23:09] Fans in college basketball games.
    [26:00] Stories from Canada.
    [36:20] How Dave got into photography.
    [54:26] Best and worst part of living in Australia?
    [56:06] Working with the New York Times.
    [1:01:44] What Australian basketball players do that’s different than other countries.
    [1:04:44] Favorite basketball player of all time?
    [1:06:41] Best player played against?
    [1:07:03] Biggest win of basketball career?
    [1:08:13] Most famous person in phone contacts?
    [1:09:27] Hobbies
    [1:10:05] Favorite Movie
    Connect w/ David
    Website | https://www.davidmauricesmith.com/
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/davidmauricesmith/
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001857681501
    Connect with Cory:
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com
    Phone | 859-317-1166 
    Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
    iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4
    Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw
    About Me
     Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Playing for Coach Calipari, Coaching D1, D3 + at Elite Level Prep Schools feat. Coach Mike Byrnes

    Playing for Coach Calipari, Coaching D1, D3 + at Elite Level Prep Schools feat. Coach Mike Byrnes

    Mike Byrnes is the head coach at The Tilton School which is located in New Hampshire. This is Mike’s first year at Tilton.  Mike grew up in Massachusettes before completing a post grad year at Fork Union.  He then played at St Francis (PA) before transferring to UMass.  Here he played under first year head coach John Calipari.  After this Mike had stints coaching in the prep school world to include Hargrave Military and Winchendon.  After being a D1 assistant at Robert Morris and the head coach at D3 Rhode Island College, Mike got back into the prep school world.  In this episode we talk about what it takes to be a D1 guard, how to build a prep school powerhouse, and much more.  

    What You Will Learn:
    [1:36] How did Mike know about a post grad year?  Why did he choose Fork Union?
    [5:23] Playing at UMass after transferring from St Francis (PA)
    [8:14] What Mike learned playing for Coach John Calpari.
    [10:03] What is his pitch for the Tilton School?
    [12:57] Mike’s coaching experience.
    [14:29] What does it take for a guard to play at the D1 level?
    [18:28] Transition from D1 assistant coach to D3 head coach.
    [21:24] Coaching prep school basketball vs the college levels?
    [24:22] Pros/Cons of playing and coaching D1.
    [23:39] How Mike turned Winchendon School into a prep school powerhouse?
    [27:40] Famous Tilton School Alumni
    [41:29] Thoughts on current NCAA transfer rule?
    [49:04] Player who has had biggest growth and surprised Mike in his prep school year.
    [52:27] Biggest win of Mike’s career?
    [53:10] Best player coached against?
    [53:52] Hobbies
    [54:21] Favorite Movie
    Connect w/ Mike
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/tiltonbvhoops
    Website | https://tiltonschool.org/mastery-approach/self-discovery/afternoon-program
    /new-england-prep-school-athletics-tilton-school/sports-and-teams/boys-basketball/
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/tiltonschoolbvb/
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/TiltonSchool
    Connect with Cory:
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com
    Phone | 859-317-1166
    Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
    iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4
    Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw
    About Me
    Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals. 


     

    • 57 min

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Prep Athletics Podcasts

Cory does an excellent job providing content on all elements of the prep school athlete experience. A must listen if your an athlete or family looking to learn more.

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The Basketball Information Library

This podcast is the library of information for everyone with questions about basketball preparation, recruitment, routes to playing in college, and more. This library has expert-level information on every topic, and Cory’s hosting skills keep every episode just as entertaining as it is educational. This podcast is a resource to get to the truth about how the basketball world works.

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Prep is the best!

One of the best basketball podcast to listen too!

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