Many times per day at CS Hoops we are asked by parents and kids...how do I get noticed by college coaches and scouts? It is a questions that has many answers, so here are a few tips from our staff of scouts and former college coaches.
- Do What You Do Well - In a high school or showcase setting, do not go out of your way to impress a college coach or scout. In our mind, the worst thing you can do is try to do something you're not capable of doing. If you are a ball handler and distributor, then don't try to all of a sudden become a scorer. If you are at your best attacking the rim and scoring around the basket, do not decide to try and impress people with your perimeter shooting. At the college level, most players play a specific role on a team, so try to do the best you can with your current strengths and weaknesses.
- Be at the Right Place - So much time and money is wasted at AAU tournaments, exposure events and camps that are not the right fit for a prospective college athlete. You need to play in front of the college programs that are a good fit for your atheltically, academically and socially. For example, if you are a high academic small college prospect, than it usually does you no good to play at a high level AAU event in front of high major Division I college coaches.
- Be Marketable - Make sure that your appearance, your body language and your effort are all things that will not be a concern for a college coach. The easiest way for a college coach or scout to eliminate a potential prospect is to see him arguing with referees, fighting with his teammates or not giving maximum effort on every possession. In addition to the on-court aspect, be sure that the information you or your coach provides for a coach's packet at an event is accurate and that it is easy for a college coach to contact you following an event.
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