Just How Good Are Small College Programs?
Wednesday, November 7, 2012  |  In Recruiting Tips

If you have been paying attention to any of the recent exhibition and preseason college contests the last couple weeks, you have probably noticed that there have been a good amount of "lower level" teams defeating "higher level" teams.  A handful of Division II teams have beaten Division I programs in the last couple weeks and the same can be said for Division III and NAIA programs defeating Division II programs.  This takes us back to a piece of advice we share with nearly all the athletes that we work with:

"Do not get caught up with the roman numerals of college basketball recruiting!"

As a prospective collegiate athlete you need to realize just how competitive Division II, Division III and NAIA programs are.  In many cases, these rosters are made up of full-scholarship level players at many positions and are able to compete with programs at the highest level of college basketball.  

It is a common misconception that the lowest level of Division I is better than the highest level of Division II and that the lowest level of Division II is better than the highest level of Division III...that could not be further from the truth.  When you are talking about the Top 50-100 programs in the country at the small college level (Division II, Division III, NAIA), you are talking about programs that can compete with and that recruit low-mid major Division I players.

If you are being actively recruited by a small college program, take that as a compliment not an insult.  To win big at the college level, coaching staffs need to recruit prospects that are a "level up" from their current level.  High-major programs like Duke and Kentucky need NBA players to win, mid-major programs need high-major players to win, Division II programs need Division I players to win and Division III coaches need scholarship level players to win.

Do your homework before dismissing a college program who has shown interest in you because of their level.  You might just find that it's the right fit for you!

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