By Jon RosenblattThe Associated PressThe Associated StatesmanAuburn Hillsboro High School basketball player says he is frustrated by the lack of progress in the NCAA tournament.
The American Athletic Conference announced Friday that it is adding more than 20 more schools to its slate of 32 teams in the tournament, a move that will increase the number of teams competing for the NCAA title.
The AAC announced that it will add at least 10 schools in its 20-team field, a total that includes 13 of the 16 teams that will compete in the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
It also added teams in nine of the 12 men’s conferences, including six of the 10 women’s conferences.
Aubua High School forward Isaiah Johnson said his frustration at not getting into the NCAA Tournament is similar to the frustration many college basketball fans have about the lack, or even the failure, of college basketball in the past.AUBURN HILLSBORO, Ala.
(AP) Isaiah Johnson is frustrated, but he’s not complaining.
The Auburn Hillsboro senior is a five-star recruit who had been considered one of the top recruits in the country for several months, but never received a commitment from an SEC school.
Now, he has.
The 18-year-old is one of two Auburn Hillsborough High School players to be in the semifinals of the NCAA Division I men’s tournament this week, and he’ll be one of three players to get a chance to play in the first-round.
Johnson, who has played in four NCAA tournament games this season, said he was looking forward to the NCAA championships because he has the opportunity to play against some of the best players in the world.
He is also a big proponent of the idea of bringing back the tournament.
He has a number of goals to get his dream of playing in the Olympics, including the ability to play for the U.S. Olympic team at the Rio Games.
He said the NCAA should make a change to the way the tournament is run so that it can be more inclusive and have more teams competing, a sentiment that was echoed by the AAC president, Jay Wright.
Johnson’s dad, Matt Johnson, has been outspoken about the NCAA’s lack of changes to the men and women tournament.
Johnson has a scholarship offer from UAB, but his father has not made a decision on where he’ll play college basketball this season.
He hopes to play next season, if not sooner.
He wants to play at a Division I program that has a chance at making the NCAA tourney.
He wants to be able to get to the tournament in a year and see the players he’s going to play with.
The decision to add more schools is a good one for the sport, said Brandon Smith, president of the Southern Conference.
He said he supports the AAC’s decision to expand the number, which would increase the tournament’s potential audience.
The NCAA Tournament has long been the most popular event in college basketball, but the sport has struggled to attract top players.
The tournament is a showcase for elite college basketball players, but it also draws a smaller audience than the men-only NCAA tournament, which attracts the nation’s top athletes and media.
The move to add the additional schools will be a major boost for the competition, which has averaged a paltry 2.3 million viewers on ESPN, the biggest audience of any NCAA tournament game.
The top-seeded teams in both men’s college basketball and men’s high school basketball are often a combination of top-20 recruits, as well as highly regarded players who are highly sought after by schools that don’t have top-50 recruits.
The tournament has historically drawn more viewers than men’s major college basketball games, which draw a smaller pool of fans.
The NCAA has been reluctant to add extra teams to the games, and has opted to only use its own teams for the men.