Basketball Recruiting 101

You have already met with your teachers and your counselor to make sure you are on track to meet all the academic requirements to participate in college athletics. We are talking about core classes, GPA, and SAT or ACT scores. By the way the NCAA requirements at D1, & D11 are not the same as the guidelines at D111, and NAIA play, so know the guidelines. You have talked to your coach or coaches if you play club or travel ball, and they all say that you can play basketball in college. Maybe you got some basketball honors such as All League, All Conference, All District, All Region, All State, or All American to support what your coaches say. That’s great, so now let me tell you the reasons why it may not be happening for you.

The #1 reason that it may not be happening for you is your ATTITUDE! I have worked with athletes that had it all going on, but they let their attitude spoil it. Did you know that your coach can mess things up for you. College coaches will always talk to your high school & travel coaches.You MUST have a good relationship with your coaches.

This quote by Charles R Swindoll pretty much SAYS IT ALL. “This may shock you, but I believe the single most significant decision I can make on a day-to-day basis is my choice of attitude. It is more important than my past, my education, my bankroll, my successes or failures, fame or pain; what other people think of me or say about me, my circumstances, or my position. Attitude is the “single string” that keeps me going or cripples my progress. It alone fuels my fire or assaults my hope. When my attitudes are right, there’s no barrier to high, no valley to deep. no dream to extream, no challenge to great for me.”

The #2 reason that you may get by-passed is the lack of community service. All things being equal, grades & game, then the one who has the right attitude and character, gets the scholarship. Community service is how a college coach judges your character, because after all he really does not who you are. If it’s what the NBA players and the WNBA players are doing then it’s what you should be doing.

The #3 reason it may not be happening for you is the lack of EXPOSURE! I talk to athletes and their families all the time who invest lots of time & money into training sessions, private instructors, and clinics and the rest. Those things are all important and will help your game, but if there are no college coaches around to evaluate you then what. If never crosses some peoples minds to make an investment into promotions. “If I am good enough they will find me.” That is a lie for all but the “BLUE CHIPPER.” If you are not a D1 prospect and you only go to where the D1 coaches are, you’ve lost. Only 1% are D1 prospects. There are a lot of smaller schools that offer a lot of money to solid basketball athletes, but they need to know about you. Lack of EXPOSURE could crush your dreams, and it does not have to happen.