Here’s how to get recruited for college basketball.
If you have a dream of playing basketball in college, don’t let anyone take that from you. If you “got skills”, you can play ball at the next level. It’s really a matter of finding the right program for you.
One that “needs” your abilities and whom you’d love to play for. My high school coach (since I was in 8th grade) used to say to us, the most important thing I want you to do is to get that paper and use sports to do it.
He meant that his goal for us was to use sports to get an athletic scholarship to go so school and get a college degree. He is right in so many ways, but here is where I’d like to add to that…
…I’d like for you to get a degree from the school that you choose (not just any school), and to enjoy the recruiting process and the college experience.
How To Get Recruited For College Basketball
Tip #1: Your high school coach is not a recruiting service. Sooo many athletes believe that their high school coach is going to take care of the recruiting process for them. This is NOT the case. He/She has enough on his/her plate already than to be able to make contact with potential schools for you. This doesn’t mean that he/she won’t put the word out when given the chance, but what are the odds of that getting you a scholarship. Sitting around waiting and hoping that you will get recruited is the worse mistake that you can make.
Tip #2: You don’t have to be a blue chip. One of the biggest misconceptions about being recruited is that you have to be a blue chip (or the like) to get recruited. You do not. You just have to be a good solid player and student. There are a lot of programs that would love to have you attend their school and help them win basketball games.
Tip #3: You have to be NCAA Eligible. If you aren’t NCAA Eligible you will not be playing ball in the NCAA (Div I or Div II). Getting Eligible means having a GPA in your core courses that matches up on the NCAA “sliding scale” with your test scores (SAT/ACT). You also have to actually register with the Eligibility Center and have your official transcript sent to them from the guidance counselor.
Tip #4: Camps & Skills videos can come in handy. Going to camps or putting together basketball skills videos is a great way to show the college coaches what you have to offer. This is especially true if you haven’t had a chance to shine at your high school for whatever reason.
Tip #5: Consider all NCAA levels of competition. It’s not just about playing Div I basketball or going to a “high profile” school. YES, go after those if that is where you feel your playing ability is, but don’t go just after them. Also make contact with Div I Championship Series Schools (formerly known as Div Iaa), Div II, Div III, and JUCOs. This will give you wide reach. Make sure to research every school as you don’t want to end up at a school that you don’t want to attend. Take the time to find basketball programs that you want to play for.
Now that you know how to get recruited for college basketball, what will you do about it? Will you sit and wait? Will you think that is doesn’t apply to you and your situation? Will you take action? Your future is in your hands, whatever you want from it you can have. Watch my free video presentation about how to get recruited to play ball here…