Program Stability II: Same conference affiliation for decades.
Program Stability I: Same Head Coach, Assistant Coaches and Training
Staff for years.
Program Instability III: Be wary of recruiting classes with mostly JUCO’s.
Program Instability II: Be wary of recruiting classes with a lot of
players at the same position.
Program Instability: Be wary of large recruiting classes (6 or more).
“Every time someone underachieves, it gives an overachiever an opportunity.”
Scouts make mistakes all the time because a scouting report is just a “snapshot in time”. You can progress or regress alone on whether or not you think you’ve “arrived”.
Even though college basketball is a business, having fun is why you started playing in the first place. Don’t overlook this simple checkpoint.
Don’t fall for the glitz and glamor-school’s shoe deal, uniforms, nice trips, official visit fun etc. None of that will be important as you live your life after college.
The amount of time you will spend with the coaching staff and players over a career is mind-boggling. Make sure you’re a good fit for that program’s unique culture.
Attendance: Don’t be enamored with D1 label. Only 12 of 32 D1 Conferences average more than 3000 a game. 35 D1 schools average less than 1000. Many D2 schools have better attendance and some D3. See the NCAA Attendance Report.
Junior Colleges: Even if you are a lock qualifier, keep JC’s on your radar. This is a vastly under-used option by the under-recruited.
If you’re being “slow played” by a staff, they’re waiting on other players’ decisions. It’s up to you if that’s OK.
Warning Sign: If you suspect that an assistant coach likes you better than the head coach.
Style of Play: Don’t let your ego get in the way by thinking you can play all styles and for all coaches. You can avoid a bad choice in this area with honest assessment.
One coach; many years-usually a good sign. Changing coaches every 3-4 years is usually a sign of institutional instability.
Everyone will have an opinion on where you should go. Only a few of them really have your best interests at heart.
The definition of “commitment” is “a pledge or promise; an obligation:” Schools and players who treat verbals lightly are likely to be repeat offenders.
Don’t go to a college or into an academic program where you are totally overmatched. If that happens on the court, you sit on the bench. If it happens in school, you flunk out.