As you may already understand, getting exposure to college coaches and programs is not easy, and once you start to break that barrier of determining who is interested and who is not, the process can become a bit more confusing. As a player, parent or coach it is difficult to fully see the differences between schools. At CS Hoops, our athletes ask us all the time, "how do I know which school is the better fit?" There is no clear cut answer. It depends on the athlete, their abilities, style of play, academic capabilities/interests and much more. With that said, there are ways to help you determine which school you not only like best, but which school is the right fit for you.
Let's take a look at a couple keys that will help you identify what is important and to ultimately help you make the right choice:
Research Academics - First start out by researching the CS Hoops College Database once again to make sure the schools on your list fit what you are looking for academically. It is important to make academics the first factor in your decision. If you were to take basketball out of the equation, which school would you still enjoy being a student? Playing professional basketball, although a possiblity for many athletes, is not a long term career path so make sure you have something to fall back on when your playing career has ended.
Compare the level and style of play - Sometimes it is difficult to understand, but not all programs are created equal. As most of you understand the highest levels of Division 1 are much different than the lowest levels and so too is this the case with Division 2, Division 3 and NAIA schools. By researching the level of play (high major, mid major, or low major) and the style that matches your own game, you can quickly compare one program to another. If you are having problems determining what the right level of play is for you or how to compare specific schools, Consult CS Hoops for more information.
Get to know the coach - Sometimes a factor that can be overlooked, who you play for, can affect how you enjoy your overall experience as a student-athlete. It is important to develop a relationship with at least one coach from the staff of the schools on your list so you know what you are getting and what to expect as you begin your college career. Every coach is different and every athlete looks for something different so the better you know a coach the easier it will be to make a decision that is right for you.
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