As my first blog, I am writing this to inform many of high school players wanting to play basketball at the next level, what exactly it takes. I have played college basketball and am good friends and know several college basketball coaches. I know every single aspect what college coaches are looking for nowadays. I hope this blog is helpful to you and you take some tips below into consideration.
As a player, you must have realistic goals and know that these coaches are going to do tons of research on you, call other coaches, watch you play, and find out all they can because they are investing in you and they do not want any 1 person to reflect on their program the wrong way. Therefore, you must be respectful at all times, have high character, and be a hard worker. Below are some of the first things coaches look at and tips -
(These are in no particular order)
1. Your grades (if you have bad grades and they know they cant get you accepted into the college/university, on to the next they go)
2. Your attitude
3. How hard you play
4. What kind of a person are you off the court
5. Do you fit in their system
6. Are you a team player
7. Your heart and love for the game
8. How you respond when you are having a bad game.
9. If you are a hard worker
10. Coaches DO check your social media, I have had some coaches tell me they legit social media stock their recruits, So what are you putting on social media? Will it cost you a scholarship?
11. During AAU coaches already know who they are coming to watch 95% of the time, they have your name cirlced in their booklet. This is why one court is packed with coaches, then next game they all get up and leave to go to another court.
12. Skill level and potential. How much better can you get?
These are just a few of the most important things college coaches look at. Notice nowhere on the list is how many points a game you average or how fancy of a dunk you can do.
NO coach wants a kid with a terrible attitude that is a hot head and goes crazy. You have terrible attitude if you mope around after mistakes, only care about yourself, argue with coach, argue with other players, punch the bench, walk around on the court, dont hustle on defense, etc. Wanted to give that list just in case players do not know if they have bad attitude or not.
To make it to the next level you must put in work every single day. There are no off days if you want to be the best. Sure you can be the best at your high school or area, but ultimately that does not matter. You have to be better than you opponent that is across the world. You must work on your game every single day and do all the little things. Eating right, Lifting weights, Getting enough sleep, Putting in court work, Getting good grades, etc. It is time consuming, but in the end it is worth it. Hard work does not guarantee you anything, but without you dont have a chance.
Hope this gives players wanting to play in college brief description of what it takes to make it to the next level.