A Parent’s Guide to Sports Recruitment

We all realize our standout basketball player might not be the next Michael Jordan. He or she may never make it to the professional ranks since only a limited amount of basketball players do get that opportunity.

The good news is that many stellar high school basketball players get the chance to have their college education paid for. Being able to play basketball at the collegiate level is something only very skilled and talented players get the opportunity to do.

Parents often wonder how the recruitment process works. How do I get my son or daughter noticed? How can I get my child’s education paid for considering they have some serious skills on the hardwood?

Getting the right amount of spotlight could be pivotal in helping your son or daughter land that scholarship. This  attention might allow coaches from different, elite collegiate basketball programs the chance to see if your student athlete has what it takes to play at the next level.

So how do you do that?

Exposure

Exposure is generally higher during the summer months when coaches have an opportunity to step away from their college teams. Basketball exposure camps are usually filled with elite athletes who are already getting looked at by coaches. It’s no secret that college coaches thrive in this atmosphere during the summer months on the recruiting trail. If you want to get recruited, go to where the most talented players in the region or country are.

Hoop Group hosts college elite basketball camps. 128 current NBA players have dribbled up and down our floors. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving are just a few of the top notch NBA talents to participate in Hoop Group. The organization, founded in 1963, also draws strong praise for tournaments around the country.

Another good exposure route is playing AAU basketball. While it’s been criticized for just being a showcase for individuals wanting to get recruited, AAU basketball has been around for years, and college coaches are aware of the talent for these types of travel teams. The only hitch is not everyone makes an AAU team. Your student athlete will need to have serious skills to get minutes in the game. However, the exposure from these travels teams during the summer months is outstanding. A college coach can go to an AAU tourney and see 16-32 teams or more in one setting.

Game Tape Reel

A game tape reel is essential for athletes wanting to show coaches where they might fit in their potential next team. A game tape should include three to four minutes of edited video with a spot shadow showing the player at the inception of the play. There are companies that can help parents edit videos at a cost with the entire recruiting process in mind. College coaches need to see the player, position, and what they can potentially deliver to their squad. Video is being used more now than ever in the recruiting world. It keeps college coaches from traveling extensively and allows them to assess talent via phone or desktop. Parents might want to have an online video and a hard copy (DVD) to present to coaches.

Academic Eligibility

Parents also need to make sure their student athletes are qualified academically. This process starts freshman year of high school. Every grade counts and it can be very difficult to raise a lower GPA. Parents will want to emphasize very early the importance of good grades if their prospective athletes wish to play collegiate hoops. Generally, students need to have a 2.5 GPA or higher to play at the next level, but requirements differ per individual school and level. For instance, eligibility requirements are different for NCAA and NAIA. Students also need to score well on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT. There is prep available for both online. For the NCAA, it’s also important to understand which core classes you’ll need from the start of freshman year.

Web Presence

Recruiting also involves having a web presence. In the digital age, players who have a strong online profile will have an advantage over players who don’t. This should house all relevant information for the student athlete like height, weight, statistics, awards, videos, and grades. Companies allow student athletes to build a recruiting page that college coaches can easily visit. This allows the coach to quickly assess a student athlete.

The bottom line is the athlete will need to put a ton of work in to be considered. Only a certain number of basketball players get to compete after high school. The most important thing is to work hard, develop fundamentals, and concentrate on overall improvement. Playing against high caliber competition is also a must for those wanting to play college basketball. That’s why elite basketball camps offer that extra exposure and the chance to play in front of potential college coaches. Taking care of grades, building a presence, and participating in events and tournaments during the summer months can also add a significant advantage.