- Educate Yourself About the Process – The college basketball recruiting process can be very complex and confusing for parents and their potential college student-athletes. There are over 2000 college programs at the next level and understanding the advantages and disadvantages of these programs and more importantly the profiles of the colleges and universities that support these teams can be a very difficult task. To give yourself the best chance of making a good decision, make sure to have an understanding of the following recruiting topics:
· NCAA Initial Eligibility
· NCAA Recruiting Calendar
· Admissions and Early Decision Application Deadlines
· Different Scholarship/Financial Aid Opportunities at Each Level
- Evaluate Academic, Athletic and Social Objectives – Every student-athlete is in search of something different for their college experience. Some are in search of the top ranked academic school that they can gain acceptance into. While others are in search of playing at the highest level of college basketball possible. Finally, some are in search of an enjoyable social experience. While we believe that all three of these factors must go into each student-athlete’s decision, it is up to the prospect to weigh the importance of each.
- Be Realistic – While there are instances when a prospect flies “under the radar” of college coaches and scouts and goes under recruited for a period of time, that situation is occurring less and less because more information is constantly becoming available for these decision makers. As a result, most prospects are being recruited by the level that they are likely suitable to be successful at. For example, if you are hearing only from lower level Division II and Division III programs, you are likely not a Division I prospect and by ignoring these coaching staffs and waiting for Division I programs to knock on your door, you are likely missing out on many great opportunities to be a collegiate student-athlete.
- Be Marketable – Give yourself every opportunity to be attractive to college coaches and scouts.
· Make sure you do not carry any academic issues and the higher level student you are, the more programs that will likely be able to recruit you.
· Stay out of trouble off the court. The last thing a college coaching staff wants to deal with are “high maintenance” players in their program.
· Attend the “right” exposure events and tournaments for you. For example, if you are a high level student, attend events that will attract those types of college coaching staffs.
· Have all information available that a college coaching staff might need. This means having your transcript, videos and personal information up to date and readily available.
- Work Hard – As the saying goes, there is no substitute for hard work. Doing your best to achieve in the classroom, on the court, in the weight room and in your community will give you the best chance to achieve your goals of playing at the collegiate level.
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