It’s risky to make a pact with other prospects to commit to the same school. If it works out for everyone long range, it’s the exception-not the rule.
You can actually “specialize” yourself into fewer minutes of playing time and be viewed as a “situational” player. Don’t bury yourself at the expense of one skill.
South Carolina just announced guaranteed four year scholarships for “headcount” sports, which includes hoops. This topic now goes to the top of your Recruiting Checklist.
Research college costs for tuition, housing, meals, and books early for in and out of state public universities, private institutions and junior colleges. You’ll appreciate the process more and will be wiser for the process.
Academics: everyone talks a good game. Your combination of interests and aptitudes is unique. Look for good matches.
Home Visits: These presentations are “canned”. They don’t vary more than 10% from visit to visit.
The more the coach talks “off the cuff”, the more you’ll get real insights.
Six schools is enough for a final list. If you’re honest, you probably have 3 that you really like the most.
The cleaner the process; the cleaner the decision. Don’t complicate an uncomplicated process.
“If you’re a player, they’ll find you.” Not necessarily. Play on larger landscapes as early and often as possible.
College coaches spend a lot of time trying to figure out who is the real decision maker in each player’s recruitment. They often find out too late. Make sure YOU know YOUR decision maker(s).
Check out every aspect of academic support system- special programs, advisors, tutors, study table etc.
Peer Pressure: Easily the worst basis for a decision
First offers are exciting but be patient. There is a lot of copy-cat recruiting by schools. If you receive your first offer, other offers generally follow quickly.
Campus Visits: Try to visit on a regular school day and practice day, if possible. Parties, football games and basketball games are all fine but you also need to see the school when it’s not “on”.
A real player/prospect understands that basketball, like every other competitive sport, consists of making hundreds of routine plays.
You only get to make the occasional “highlight play” among hundreds of “grunt plays” such as running back hard on D, blocking out and keeping your man in front of you.
If you or your parents and advisors overrate yourself, you run the risk of losing your competitive edge and work ethic. Stay humble and hungry!