Over the last few weeks, there have been some recurring questions from players, parents and coaches about the college recruiting process. There seems to be a similar mindset across the board so I wanted to answer a few of those questions for you. I hope this helps.
Question: Do I need to have someone film my game and put together a highlight tape?
Answer: Yes and No. While having game film at this time of year is important since college coaches do not have much time to see you in person, it is not necessary to spend hundreds of dollars on a professionally produced highlight tape. Just make sure the game can be viewed clearly. A parent or a student manager can easily create the film needed to show college coaches.
Question: What are coaches looking for in a highlight video?
Answer: Highlight videos are nice to have and are useful for a college coach who just wants to get a quick look at an athlete in a short period of time. What we actually find most important is to also have a clip of 3-5 minutes of your best quarter or half. Everyone can look like Kobe Bryant in a highlight tape. Coaches want to see an athlete on both ends of the court, how they communicate on defense, how they set screens, as well as other intangibles you can only see by watching a running clock game film. Be careful not to spend too much time worrying about individual clips. Coaches know what they are looking for so let your game do the talking.
Question: I have sent DVD’s, letters and emails to coaches. How do I know if they are interested in me?
Answer: This is probably one of the most common questions we get from our athletes and parents. Our response is that if you are realistic and you have a trusted source helping navigate the process, then you will get responses from the schools that you fit best. Coaches receive hundreds of emails on a daily basis. It is important to utilize a trusted resource, such as CS Hoops, to get in front of those coaches. It is our job to help pinpoint the schools that are the right fit for each athlete so that they can maximize their exposure and recruitment.
If have more questions about the recruiting process and need help making sense of it all, feel free to contact us anytime!
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