How To Get Recruited for College Basketball:
There is no question about it. If you want to be recruited to play basketball in college, you have to ascertain and earn every advantage possible. Competition for only a certain number of spots on each college team is fierce.
START EARLY!†† The sooner you start the†recruiting†process the better. Once you have decided that you are interested in playing collegiate sports, start to research different colleges that meet your wants and needs in a school.
Important Steps For Players:
1.† Remember first, you are a student-athlete, not just an athlete.† The NCAA uses a "balancing formula" on your GPA and SAT/ACT scores to determine your college scholarship eligibility.† The higher your SAT score, the lower your GPA can be to be eligible. The NCAA incorporates this in an effort to weigh out fairness towards those who may be "poor testers." The bottom line, however remains, if you do not have the grades, you will not have a chance to play at the collegiate level.
2.† It is essential to possess fundamental basketball skills. Quickness, speed, strength, jumping ability, basketball shooting percentage, and defensive ability are all necessary and important parts of the game that you must be able to demonstrate consistently on the floor.
3.† If you do not possess all these skills, it doesn't mean you cannot be recruited. Size sometimes makes up for quickness. Shooting percentage sometimes makes up for speed. Do not write yourself out of the opportunity if you do not possess every important skill.
4.† Sometimes college coaches are looking for players who can just simply play the game. Know the rules of the game, the terms of the game and be a player who rises up to whatever your coach asks of you. Have the attitude of giving 100% in your basketball training and practice drills.†
These traits go a long way in college recruiters' eyes.
5.† Make sure you complete and submit all paperwork on time. Register for the NCAA clearinghouse at the beginning of your junior year. Register and take your first SAT/ACT at the earliest time possible after your sophomore year, ideally in the summer between this and your junior year.
6.† Respond and return all correspondences from college coaches. College coaches can begin correspondence with basketball players they are interested in recruiting in the player's sophomore year. Do not let these correspondences go unreturned or unanswered. If a college coach asks you to send film, send film. It they invite you to a summer camp, go. It is vital to remember that the recruiting process feeds on itself. You stop feeding it and it will stop feeding you.
Important Steps for Parents:
1.†† Expose your daughter or son to as many schools as you can. Information can be gathered from college guides, visiting schools, meeting with admission counselors and professors. Remember, early exposure will make the recruiting experience less stressful for everyone.
2.† Accompany your daughter or son on the school visits, if possible. You may also try to have him or her stay overnight with a student-athlete - providing a great opportunity to get a realistic picture of college life.
3.† You can learn more about the coaches by talking to them. (Would I want my daughter or son to play for this man?) You can check the training and weight room, and ask questions about the facilities and programs, plus:† What kind of care is given to injured athletes?† Do parents attend the games?† What is the geographic distribution of the team?
4.† When coaches call, ask questions. Try to get to know them. When decision time comes around, be up-front with the coaches who have been recruiting your child. The coaches will always respect a student's final decision.
5.† Financial aid: Once the packaging has been received, don't be afraid to call the financial aid office. If you have concerns about the loan amount or lack of funds, it does not hurt to ask them how they arrived at these figures.
Important Steps for Coach's:
1.† Fill out the response cards and questionnaires sent by the college coaches. Don't file them away or wait until the last minute to return them. College coaches really need help in the recruiting process. The information you provide will open many doors for your athletes in the future.
2.† During your athlete's junior or senior year, contact the college coaches your athletes are considering. Your calls may turn out to be the icing on the cake for the college coaches interested in your kids. They know how much time you have spent with the prospect and your calls can give them extra insight into the athletes and let them know what kind of role models they had during their early years of development.
3.† You can help your athletes learn about the colleges by taking them on visits or encouraging them to attend both big-college and small-college games and introducing the college coaches to them. Always remember, it's a big treat for a high school athlete to be taken to a game by his coach.
*The recruiting process is often very long and confusing. By beginning the process during the student's early (sophomore and junior)years, both the athletes and the coaches can gather a great amount of useful information before any decision has to be made.*