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The best way to increase your chances of getting a college offer is to take matters into your own hands, here are some steps you can take that give you a much better chance of landing one of these positions. I've worked with several players to help them put these steps into action and several of them ended up receiving college offers.

Many players think that the best (or only) way to get recruited is to play at as many AAU tournaments as possible, with the hope of getting "noticed" by a college coach there in attendance.

Another common recommendation "just work on your game and the coaches will find you".

Certainly playing as much as you can to improve is a must, and AAU games can help on that.

But generally college coaches don't go to these tournaments to watch all the games to hope to find a player that stands out. They mostly go to see specific "blue chip" players that they have already heard about or are already actively recruiting, but if you are not one of these players its pretty hard to get noticed at most AAU tournaments or showcases.

You also have to understand that most college coaches have really tight recruiting budgets these days and they can't afford the time or money to travel much or to sit through a zillion AAU games hoping to find an unknown star.

So if a player or parent is paying money to participate on AAU teams and in tournaments with the primary hope that they will be "discovered", unless you are already a blue chip player and all the coaches already know about you this is a real long shot and is definitely not the only way you should spend your time and money to try to get recruited.

However you can give yourself a tremendous advantage in getting recruited compared to other players by making the coaches job easier by presenting yourself directly to them rather than hoping to get discovered.

To put this in motion here's some things you must do in addition to participating on AAU teams:

1) Get some good game highlights together and edit them into a 5 to 10 minute video and upload it onto YouTube with your name and "Basketball Highlights" in the title. Windows Movie Maker is a free video editor that you can use to edit your highlights.

2) Get your best full game tape and have it converted to a DVD, most PC's can do this.

3) Go online to all the schools that you would like to have take a look at you and make a list of all the coaches names and email addresses. Often an assistant coach will be in charge of recruiting, so get the email addresses for all the coaches at each school. Most schools list these online, but if they aren't there for a school you are really interested in, call and ask for them. The larger you make this list, the better chance you will have of getting an offer.

Be realistic about your prospects though, most players aren't good enough for the D1 level but there's a lot of good basketball being played at the D2, D3 and NAIA levels. If you haven't gotten recruited already, focusing mostly on the D2 level and below probably makes the most sense.

4) Send an email to these coaches introducing yourself, include your basic statistics, a summary of your basketball career and GPA. Most importantly, include the link to your YouTube highlights and offer to send him a full game DVD if he would like to see it. The coaches in charge of recruiting love it when you make their job easier and they will appreciate the initiative you are showing by contacting them directly.

5) Monitor your email daily to respond to any requests for more info, and if you are lucky the coach will ask you for your AAU or HS team schedule so he can come see you play, and hopefully after that he will ask you to make a visit to workout with his team and tour his school.

6) Stay in touch with any coach that responds to you, let him know about any updated highlights or achievements by yourself or your team. You should do this also with coaches that didn't respond to you, persistence pays off (coaches like players that show initiative) and eventually they might get back to you.

Something else to keep in mind is that money is very tight for everyone these days. Many D2/NAIA schools don't give out full scholarships to any players, most players on the team get partial scholarships, often pretty small for freshmen. However a lot of these schools can help you get accepted at the school and get general financial aid. Although D3 schools can't give out athletic scholarships, they can work with the admissions department to put together a general scholarship offer that you otherwise probably wouldn't have qualified for.

This is a much more effective way to land a college playing position than just going to AAU tournaments and hoping for the best. I've had several players get offers by using these methods.

A good book that recommends this basic method and also has some other good info relating to getting recruited is "Athletes Wanted" by Chris Krause.

Posted by Natalie Pedersen on Nov 22, 2013 in Recruiting for Parents


1. Recruiting has changed over the years.

Recruiting is not the same game it was when you were in high school. Offers are being made sooner each year which means many student-athletes are starting the recruiting process early in their high school career. They are also getting proactive and getting online. More coaches are evaluating prospects through online profiles and highlight videos. If your child doesn’t have an online profile, we encourage you to visit http://www.ncsasports.org/ and have them start one today!

2. Communicate with your child

Knowing what your child wants is important to any parent, so talk to them about their plans for college. Ask them if they want to compete at the collegiate level and how committed they are to that goal. Find out what steps they are taking to get themselves recruited, and then help them in whatever ways you can, both financially and through your support.

3. There are certain rules college coaches have to follow when contacting recruits

Don’t worry if you don’t know much about the recruiting process; not many families do. But, don’t let that lack of knowledge prevent your son/daughter from gaining an athletic scholarship or the opportunity to play at the next level. Parents and recruits need to understand that certain coaches are restricted by the NCAA on when and how they can contact prospects. For example, student-athletes can call college coaches anytime throughout their high school career, but Division I and Division II coaches may only call recruits during a certain timeframe.

Learn about the NCAA rules by reading the NCAA Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete or go to http://www.ncsasports.org/ to learn more about the recruiting process

4. There are two main reasons to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center

Many parents think their child needs to register with the NCAA Eligibility Center in order for coaches to start contacting them. This is not true. There are two main reasons to register: 1) a student-athlete must be registered in order to go on official visits their senior year. For this reason, NCSA recommends registering during the end of your junior year. 2) Before signing a National Letter of Intent, a college coach will need to make sure you are eligible.

5. Your child will not be "discovered" at a camp or showcase

Unfortunately, camps and showcases are not the correct avenue for student-athletes to try to get noticed by college coaches. Typically, college coaches are watching the players they already have a relationship with and are already thinking about recruiting. Therefore, parents should encourage their child to contact coaches they have relationships with and decide between those college camps.

6. Treat advice and guidance of peers as just that

It’s important to listen to friends and family when they give you advice on how to help your child. But remember, a college decision is a student-athlete’s decision that will affect not only the next four years of their life, but the next forty. Everyone has their own preferences and priorities, so let your son/daughter make their own decision ñ not someone else’s decision.

7. Role-Play with your child

Your son/daughter should be calling college coaches throughout their high school career to start building relationships and getting information. Help your child succeed by acting as the role of the coach and have your son/daughter ask you questions he/she would ask coaches. This way, talking to actual coaches will come naturally.

8. Guide Your child

What your student-athlete does off-the field is just as important as his/her athletic performance. Academics and good character are also evaluated by college coaches when making offers to recruits. As a parent, you can help your child develop the skills they’ll need to be good students and respectful and responsible adults.

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