Making a List
Monday, December 17, 2012  |  In Recruiting Tips, Academics

One of the most important factors in making any sort of decision is by knowing where to start. When it comes to the college recruiting process, in order to make the right decision, you first must understand what are the most important factors in your decision. The best place to start and the first thing we have our athletes do is to make a list. What better way to know what school is the right fit then to understand what you want out of your college experience. The following steps are a great way to develop a list of what is important to you in making a decision.

Step 1: Personal Recruiting Statement

Put down in writing what it is you are looking to accomplish out of your recruitment. Do you want to earn a scholarship, find the best academic school where you can play, or play at the highest level possible? Ask yourself what you truly want out of your recruitment and start there.

Step 2: Make your list

Create a list of the things that are most important to you. We suggest creating 3 columns: one for athletics, academics and social/environment.

For academics try to assess what your academic interest are. Do you like math or science? Do you want to study business, journalism, or perhaps history. With athletics, it could be the style of play or the opportunity for playing time as a Freshman. Regardless, make a list of the things that are most important to you on the court. Lastly, when it comes to social/enviorment concerns, do you want a big or small school? Do you want to be close to home or in a specific location? What campus atmosphere do you want, a large city or suburban setting?

Step 3: Do your research and find the schools that match your list

Now it is time to get started on determining what your options are when it comes to deciding which schools you have interest in. If you are later in the process and already have schools showing interest, then this would be a great way to make an educated decision on which school and program is best for you.


For more on evaluating a specific college, take a look at the following articles: Basketball, Academics, and Social

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