Ask yourself the following questions and you will see where you are in the REAL WORLD of college recruiting. You have to be honest and give a true assessment of your progress or lack of progress. We can assist you in all aspects of your recruitment process. The key is honesty and flexibility.
- I’m a senior, is it too late for me to get a basketball scholarship?
- What do I need to do to get a scholarship to play college basketball?
- How does basketball recruiting for college work?
- When do basketball scouts evaluate players like me?
- How do college recruiting websites work?
- Does basketball have full scholarships?
If you’re asking yourself any of these questions or have any thought of playing college basketball, one of the most important things you can do to help yourself is to evaluate where you are personally in the college basketball recruiting timeline. Your age and experience dictate your action:
- What time of year is it?
- What level have you played on?
- How much travel experience do you have?
- Do you have a recruiting video?
- Have you been recruited yet? To what degree?
- Are you playing for an Elite AAU Team?
- Did you play varsity ball as a freshman?
- Did you start on JV at a top HS program?
- Did you start on an elite travel team over the summer?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above then you should already be getting recruited and receiving a lot of mail from college coaches. If that’s the situation you’re in, great! It’s time keep the momentum going and go ahead and send an updated viewership-enabled highlight video back out to coaches at elite college programs.
If you’ve answered yes to any of the questions above and didn’t receive any letters from college coaches during your freshman year, you’re already being under-recruited! Your talent and hard work is being overlooked! Don’t procrastinate and fall further behind. Allow us to help you expand your list of schools you and send your profile and viewership-enabled skill video to. We will get your video to major conferences and your area as well to as many D2, NAIA and D3 schools as possible.
If you answered no to the questions above, there is no need for concern, but from a recruiting perspective you shouldn’t focus on the top programs right now; continue to work hard to develop your skills and get your profile and skills video out to as many local programs as possible at all levels as well as all of the NAIA, D2 and D3 schools in the region.
That said, basketball recruiting has a trickle-down effect, meaning that as the top programs such as North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky or University of Florida narrow down their lists, recruits should figure that out and start looking elsewhere. One of the biggest mistakes recruits make at this stage is to still hold on that they’ll play for a Sweet 16 mainstay when in reality that program has no intention to offer them any funding at all. It’s time for every single HS basketball player with aspirations of playing in college to get their skills video out to as many programs as possible. The less you’ve heard from coaches, the more schools you should be sending your profile and viewership-enabled video out to at this point. If you’ve been going to camps and playing on AAU teams for 2 or 3 summers now and didn’t get a big stack of letters or any emails from coaches throughout your junior year, don’t expect different recruiting results by doing the same thing again in the summer between your sophomore and junior year.
Sending your profile and video to schools at the right level will help you drive results. Playing on AAU teams will make you a better player, but they won’t always make you a better recruit. As you’ve hopefully learned by now, all of these different activities haven’t brought you enough recruiting results on their own. If you aren’t getting recruited heavily now, don’t do the same things over and over again and expect a different result. That’s the definition of recruiting insanity!