Evaluating a College Program - Basketball
Thursday, November 22, 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.

Basketball

  • Playing Time & Style of Play: Take the opportunity to evaluate the current state of a college program during the season. Watch games in person, on the interenet or on television to get a better feel for the style of play that a coaching staff prefers. The majority of college coaches will tell a recruit what he wants to hear from a style of play standpoint, but this is an opportunity to see it in action. Analyze rosters, box scores and statistics to see where you might fit in on next season's roster and if there will be playing time available.
  • Conference & Competition: Be mindful of scores, standings and rankings throughout the season to get a better idea of a program's conference and non-conference schedule strength and success. This will give you a better idea of the level of play within its division (i.e. Mid-Major vs. Low-Major program) and should help when evaluating the current state of a program.
  • Support of Athletics: Whether it is seeing a game in person or watching the attendance figures in box scores, you can get an idea of the school and local community's support of the basketball program.
  • Individual Development: Every college coach promises to develop your individual skill set and help you improve as a player and this is a time for them to see proof of their work. Take a look at the current roster of players and evaluate their individual improvement. Has a junior gotten bigger and stronger in his 2+ years on campus, has a post player developed moves with his back to the basket, is a point guard making better decisions with the basketball? By taking a look at old statistics and doing some internet research on the current roster, you can get a good idea of the development that is taking place in that program.
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