Watch out for lipstick on pigs. Try to figure out what the “day to day” flavor of a program is like. Sometimes the recruiting process unrealistically glamorizes a program.
“Tweeners” and “hybrids” are different players. Tweeners are considered too small for the position they fit best. Hybrids can play two or more positions well, regardless of size. In this case, your perceived stock goes up.
When you receive an offer, always ask if it’s a “first at your position to accept” offer. Many times a school will offer 3-5 players at the same position and accept the first taker and rescind the other offers.
It’s the quality of the contacts a program has with you, not the quantity.
Assistant Coaches: It’s normal to develop relationships with assistant coaches during the recruiting process but choosing a school on that basis is even riskier than choosing a school because of the Head Coach.
Playing Time: Be wary of promises. A good program sells opportunity, not assurances.
The more you test yourself on state, regional and national levels, the more you’re aware of how hard you really have to work to achieve your goals.
Remember that you have to be able to say “no” to all but one school. Don’t waste your time or theirs.
Another way to further sort your list of schools is by geography. Travel time and costs for you, your parents and others should be considered.
Checklist: In addition to researching player graduation rates of each of your schools, also research player grads’ employment histories.
A good way to start sorting out a list of schools is by conference. Ask yourself what two or three conferences match your playing level and fit your other needs.
Know Head Coach’s Job Security- Many say choose the school, not the coach. But, if you don’t fit the the new coach’s style of play, you might regret the basketball part.
For Your Recruiting Checklist: Be aware of each program’s Transfers In and Transfers Out.