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The Five Keys to a Successful Recruiting Process
by CSHOOPS on Monday, September 3, 2012
The college basketball recruiting process can be very complex and confusing for parents and their potential college student-athletes.
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Gauging the Interest of a College Coach
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Communicating with college coaches is one of the most important aspects of the recruiting process. During the recruiting process, college coaches will be very active in contacting you directly through phone calls, emails, letters and in-person visits if they have interest in you as a potential student-athlete.
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Academic Questions to Ask a College Coach
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, September 5, 2012
It is important to prepare yourself and your parents and coaches with questions to ask when you speak with or meet with a college coach. Here are some ideas that will give you better insight into a coach’s program and school.
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Athletic Questions to Ask a College Coach
by CSHOOPS on Thursday, September 6, 2012
It is important to prepare yourself and your parents and coaches with questions to ask when you speak with or meet with a college coach. Here are some ideas that will give you better insight into a coach’s program and school.
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Scholarship and Financial Aid Questions to Ask a College Coach
by CSHOOPS on Friday, September 7, 2012
It is important to prepare yourself and your parents and coaches with questions to ask when you speak with or meet with a college coach. Here are some ideas that will give you better insight into a coach’s program and school.
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Social Questions to ask a College Coach
by CSHOOPS on Monday, September 10, 2012
It is important to prepare yourself and your parents and coaches with questions to ask when you speak with or meet with a college coach. Here are some ideas that will give you better insight into a coach’s program and school.
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Preparing to Speak with a College Coach
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, September 11, 2012
One of the biggest complaints that we hear from college coaches regarding recruiting a particular student-athlete is that they are difficult to get in touch with and are not very personable on the phone. It is important to engage college coaches and to be a part of your conversations. Below are some of the questions you may hear from college coaches in a typical phone conversation.
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Tip for Creating a Recruiting Video
by CSHOOPS on Monday, September 17, 2012
It is impossible for college coaches and scouts to evaluate every AAU or camp game they would like see this offseason. As a result, it is important for potential collegiate student-athletes to have a Recruiting Video available to send to college coaching staff around the country.
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Making Your Decision: Basketball Factors
by CSHOOPS on Saturday, September 8, 2012
Like we have mentioned before, CS Hoops is a big believer in finding the “right fit” for you at the collegiate level. Weighing the athletic, academic and social aspects of the college decision is extremely important in every student-athlete’s decision.
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2013 Division I Recruiting Calendar
by CSHOOPS on Thursday, October 25, 2012
The NCAA has announced the 2012-13 Division I Recruiting Calendar which outlines the ability for NCAA Division I coach to be on the road watching college prospects. Here are the dates when these college coaches will be able to view "non-scholastic" events including AAU tournaments, individual camps and other exposure events.
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What is the National Letter of Intent (NLI)?
by CSHOOPS on Friday, October 26, 2012
The National Letter of Intent (NLI) is a one-academic year binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an academic institution. In this entry, CS Hoops takes a look at the complexities of the NLI and answers some commonly asked questions.
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Emailing a College Coach - The Do's and Don'ts
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Contacting college coaches via email is a vital activity in the recruitment process. It is the initial impression a coach will have of you. At CS Hoops, we believe sending emails to schools that “fit” you as a student-athlete can greatly impact your exposure and recruitment.
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How Many Scholarships Can a Program Give?
by CSHOOPS on Monday, October 29, 2012
The answer to this questions is different at every level of college basketball. Today we will take a look at the different levels of NCAA institutions.
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2012-13 SAT Dates & Preparation
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Part of becoming a collegiate student-athlete is achieving in the classroom. The NCAA requires that prospective student-athletes earn a combined SAT or ACT sum score that matches their core-course GPA.
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Early Decision Admissions
by CSHOOPS on Friday, November 2, 2012
Applying Early Decision is becoming a more and more popular option for college applicants. Let's take a look at what these options mean for a prospective student-athlete.
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NAIA and NJCAA Scholarship Options
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Today we take a look at the scholarship options at the NAIA and NJCAA (Junior College) level.
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NAIA Freshman Eligibility Requirement
by CSHOOPS on Thursday, November 1, 2012
The NAIA requires prospective student-athletes to meet minimum guidelines to be eligible to participate in NAIA athletics.
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Watching a College Game
by CSHOOPS on Monday, November 5, 2012
The college basketball season is right around the corner with many teams beginning their regular season this week. For college coaches and college players, this is what they have been waiting for since last March. If you want to play at the next level, there is no better way to become more familiar with the game than to watch it on TV or in person!
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Uncommitted Senior Advice
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, November 6, 2012
With the Early Signing Period just around the corner and a few hundred prospects ready to sign on the dotted line, many prospective student athletes are still in search of the exposure they need to find a home at the college level. Here are a few tips on how to attract interest from a college coach during your high school season.
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Just How Good Are Small College Programs?
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, November 7, 2012
If you have been paying attention to any of the recent exhibition and preseason college contests the last couple weeks, you have probably noticed that there have been a good amount of "lower level" teams defeating "higher level" teams. This takes us back to a piece of advice we share with nearly all the athletes that we work with.
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Learning More about Division III Basketball
by CSHOOPS on Friday, November 9, 2012
NCAA Division III basketball is probably the most misunderstood level of college basketball. Since the member institutitions do not offer athletic scholarships, many parents, prospective student-athletes and high school/travel team coaches do not understand the talent and competitiveness that exists at the lowest level of NCAA basketball. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to college basketball recruitment at the Division III level.
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Two Tips for Communicating with a College Coach
by CSHOOPS on Monday, November 12, 2012
Communicating with college coaches is a very important part of the recruiting process. Here are two tips to keep in mind when corresponding with a college coach.
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An Overview of Financial Aid at the College Level
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Financial aid, grants and scholarships come in many forms at the college level. Let's take a look at some of the options and we will over some advice on how to navigate this confusing part of the recruiting process.
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Early Signing Period Begins Today
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Learning More about Division II Basketball
by CSHOOPS on Thursday, November 15, 2012
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How to Get Noticed by College Coaches and Scouts
by CSHOOPS on Friday, November 16, 2012
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Recruiting Timeline Update - High School Season
by CSHOOPS on Monday, November 19, 2012
With the high school season only a couple of weeks from the official start, there are many, many things on the minds of players, parents, and coaches as the season gets underway.
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Evaluating a College Program - Academics
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, November 20, 2012
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Top High School Tournaments
by CSHOOPS on Friday, November 23, 2012
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Evaluating a College Program - Social
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, November 21, 2012
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Evaluating a College Program - Basketball
by CSHOOPS on Thursday, November 22, 2012
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National Collegiate Players Association
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Q&A with our Founder, Danny Morrissey
by CSHOOPS on Thursday, November 29, 2012
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.
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Understanding the FAFSA
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, November 28, 2012
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NCAA Eligibility Center
by CSHOOPS on Friday, November 30, 2012
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Contacting a College Coach
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Contacting college coaches can be a complex process...
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Comparing College Programs
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, December 12, 2012
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.
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Making a List
by CSHOOPS on Monday, December 17, 2012
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.
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It's Not All About Scoring-ConnectSpace
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Most players believe the only way they are going to get more minutes or a scholarship is to score points. They focus so much on scoring that they forget to do any of the little things.
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CS Hoops Recruiting Timeline Update
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, January 9, 2013
With the high school season in full swing, there are only a couple of months remaining before the spring and summer club season is underway. There are many, many things on the minds of players, parents, and coaches as the spring/summer season gets near. We, at CS Hoops, are here to provide you with a few tips to help you prepare for this next 'all-important' tournament and exposure event season.
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Q&A with Danny - ConnectSpace
by CSHOOPS on Friday, January 18, 2013
We are back with another Question and Answer session with our founder, Danny Morrissey. There are a couple recurring questions from players, parents and coaches about the college recruiting process and we want to answer some of those. Take a look at what is on the minds of others out there.
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Remaining SAT & ACT Opportunities
by CSHOOPS on Friday, February 1, 2013
There are 6 remaining SAT and ACT dates for the 2013-14 academic year. Prospects in the following categories should strongly consider taking an exam on at least one of those dates.
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NIKE Announces EYBL Schedule
by CSHOOPS on Monday, February 4, 2013
Nike has announced the dates and locations for the 2013 Elite Youth Basketball League.
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Hoop Group Spring Exposure Opportunities
by CSHOOPS on Monday, February 11, 2013
One of the nation's top basketball event companies, the Hoop Group has released their Spring Top 100 schedule. The Top 100 camps are a great opportunity for both unsigned seniors and underclassmen to gain exposure before the AAU season begins.
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How to Choose a Travel Team
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The offseason has becoming increasingly more important for the recruitment of a college prospect. Many would argue that despite the fact that there are exposure opportunities available during the high school season, most prospects make a name for themselves during the travel team season.
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Event Exposure Q&A with Danny - CS Hoops
by CSHOOPS on Friday, February 15, 2013
Many of you are facing some similar questions as the high school season winds down and the spring/summer travel season gets started. As you may already understand, the spring and summer are vital in finding exposure opportunities.
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Basketball Recruitment - Spring Cleaning
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, March 5, 2013
It's that time of year when you can feel Spring is just around the corner. At CS Hoops it is time for a little Spring Cleaning! We, along with all of our athletes and subscribers, take a look at how the high school season went and set goals for what we want to accomplish over the next couple of months...
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Individual Exposure Opportunities
by CSHOOPS on Tuesday, March 19, 2013
We have compiled a few of the top individual exposure event providers from around the country. While we do suggest playing in club team tournaments, there are also a few other ways to provide yourself with additional individual exposure. Take a look at a few suggestions...
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Maximizing NCAA Live Periods
by CSHOOPS on Friday, April 19, 2013
While we all know coaches want to see an athlete's on-court talent when they go to NCAA Live Period events, there are certainly several other things college coaches will be paying attention to. Here are a few things we think you should be aware of as you get started this evening.
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So What's Next? Your Recruitment Next Steps
by CSHOOPS on Friday, May 3, 2013
Now that the NCAA Live Period has come to an end for Division I programs and will soon be over for Division II, it is important to reassess where you stand in the recruiting process...
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2013-14 ACT Dates
by CSHOOPS on Thursday, May 9, 2013
As you begin planning for this upcoming summer and fall, make sure that you take a look at the available standardized test dates for the 2013-14 academic year.
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What is a Prospect/Elite Camp?
by CSHOOPS on Monday, May 13, 2013
Many college programs at all levels will be hosting "Prospect" or "Elite" camps beginning next month. Many invitations to these camps have been sent out the last couple months and chances are that if you are a college prospect, you have received one of these invitations. So what can you expect from a "Prospect" or "Elite" camp?
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Getting on a College Coach's Radar
by CSHOOPS on Friday, May 17, 2013
With the "live" recruiting period ending a couple weeks ago, the months of May and early June can be confusing for prospects trying to make a name for themselves with college coaches. Here are a few tips on how to get on their recruiting lists before the summer evaluation period begins.
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What Your Summer Schedule Should Look Like
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
The months of June, July and August are probably the most important time in a potential college prospect's calendar year. The NCAA "live" recruiting period will once again span 15 days during the month of July this year, but those are not the only important days of the summer.
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2013-14 SAT Dates
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, June 12, 2013
As you begin planning for this upcoming summer and fall, make sure that you take a look at the available standardized test dates for the 2013-14 academic year.
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Communicating with College Basketball Coaches
by CSHOOPS on Wednesday, June 26, 2013
As we all know the recruiting process is well underway as we get closer to the July Live Recruiting Periods. And as of June 15, college coaches can begin to call and text all rising juniors (2015 class). At CS Hoops, we wanted to bring to your attention a few important things to
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What's Next in Your College Recruitment
by CSHOOPS on Monday, August 5, 2013
With the summer recruiting season coming to an end, it is a perfect time to reflect on the last several months and begin to plan for the next steps in the recruiting process.
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