Start Connecting with College Coaches
Join an AAU team for the spring and summer. Attend individual and team college camps during the summer. Make sure to have a game plan in place to film your games, especially if you are on the varsity team.
Fill out recruiting questionnaires for schools you are interested in. Be sure to take advantage of all information to learn more about the program. Once you have film, send that to the basketball coaches at the school. Take unofficial visits to colleges in your area or in other areas you have an interest in. You can take an unlimited amount of unofficial visits.
Continue with an AAU team into the spring and summer, as well as attend any college elite or skills camp. This will ensure that the door of opportunity stays open at that school. Keep filming your summer games and varsity games. Send your varsity high school schedule to coaches in your area. Being evaluated in person is an essential part of the recruiting process.
Continue sending your film to colleges, along with a copy of your transcript. Send your AAU schedule to coaches that you have been in contact with or would like to get in contact with.
Senior Year A student-athlete, if invited, will typically start to take official visits during the fall of senior year. You can take 5 to a DI school and an unlimited amount 1 per school at other levels. Start to apply to schools that you have an interest in and where you have been in contact with the basketball coaches. Start to narrow down your list to schools of interest. Do they want to stay close to home or experience another part of the country?
Take these factors into account as you begin researching potential schools where your child will be able to and want to play. See how many freshmen or transfers they bring in every year.
Ask about other potential recruits that the college is looking at as well. If they are recruiting your son or daughter, it means they probably want them on next year's roster. If your child is no longer interested in a particular college, be transparent with the coaches. You want to help out during the recruiting process as much as possible and the best way to stay abreast is to communicate with the family. During the high school season, college coaches will contact YOU and you should be able to give coaches helpful and honest feedback.
You want to be able to send out film when coaches and players ask for it. The experiences they described to me were anything but dreamy! What you see on TV and read in papers is not always reality. Which brings me to point 2. College coaches are busy and you should have better things to do with your time. Only go on an official visit if you are seriously considering that school. You may find that what you thought about school B is anything but true! But take your visits and do so with an open-mind.
Some kids and parents struggle with the recruiting process because they do not have an appreciation for what it means to play collegiate athletics. The most important thing I can tell you: The majority of your college athletics experience will take place off the playing field. You will have team meals, road trips, weekend parties, weightlifting sessions, locker room talks and other social events.
While on your visit, ask yourself, do I see myself living my life with these people? Are the guys or girls on the team now the kinds of people that I like to be around?
Your teammates and classmates are going to be your best friends over the next few years.