Evaluating a College Program - Academics
Tuesday, November 20, 2012  |  In Recruiting Tips

College coaches spend plenty of time evaluating high school prospects from around the country. They spend hundreds of hours travelling the world, watching video and talking with coaches in hopes of making an informed decision in their recruiting process. These decisions are crucial for the future success of their program. 

The same can be said for your college decision. You and your parents need to spend plenty of time discussing your future college destination and as the early signing period closes this week, we wanted to take a look at some of the factors you should consider when it comes to making your decision in the next few months.

Academics

  • Make sure that your potential future college destination has your field(s) of academic interest. For you to have your best chance of achieving academically, you need to be studying topics that interest you and that will give you an opportunity to be successful when your basketball career is over. This may eliminate a program or coaching staff that you could imagine yourself playing for, but this is a 40 year decision and not a 4 year decision.
  • Just like you would evaluate all of the resources and support available to the basketball program, do the same from an academic standpoint. Ask the coaches and current players about all available academic resources including tutoring, technology, study hall, etc.
  • Do your homework on internship availability, job placement and alumni relationships. These are some of the most important factors when it comes to getting a job, especially in challenging financial times. Ask the coaching staff particularly about the basketball alumni network and what recent graduates are doing now.
  • Do not get too caught up in academic rankings or reputations. You need to choose a school that best fits you academically and that will give you a chance to succeed over the next 4 years. Setting yourself up for potential academic failure becuase you were able to "squeeze" into an academic program or institution that might be too difficult for you is never a good idea.
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