Keeping your man with the ball in front of you on defense is one of the best things you can do to gain the respect and trust of any coach. You don’t have to steal the ball every possession.
If you are exclusively a perimeter player, you need to be really good at either creating an open triple attempt for a teammate or be a knockdown triple shooter yourself. Being really good at both is rare and highly desirable.
Best compliment you can get from a college coach: “Can really play!”
Means you know what to do in various situations and then get it done more often than not.
The best players in the world have access to personal trainers and nutritionists. If money were no object, you would too. But, with a little guidance from professionals in your school system, a simple program can be structured to enhance your development.
The competition for scholarships has always been intense. But now, the number of international players recruited by US colleges directly from overseas or after a year or two in American high and prep schools increases yearly.
It’s not possible for everyone to be a good defender on the ball. But, everyone can be good off the ball.
It’s an exaggeration that “you’re only as good as your last game”. But it’s the one people remember the best.
Every college program has its own unique “culture”. Best programs shop for a good fit. You should too.
Whether you’re ranked high or low, it’s a snapshot in time opinion. It can and does change overnight.
Basketball coaches always appreciate players who understand two hockey concepts:
“Head Man the Puck” and “2nd Assists”.
- Play hard
- Play smart
- Play together
- Be coached
“The really good programs are evaluating at what level you can WIN more than at what level you can PLAY.”
Your college playing level and playing position are probably determined as much as anything else- by who you can guard.
Get with your counselor. Make sure you meet your core requirements. Know your GPA to the the hundredth of a point. If a coach ask you what your GPA is don’t say 2.0 – too many guys with a 1.9 say they have a 2.0. Know your GPA exactly!
Coaches have to spend the next four years of their life with you. They are looking for any and all signs that a player does not fit within their program’s culture. This includes social media, body language and interactions with teammates and spectators. Be Wise!