Possession Value

Do you really understand that you can add value to every offensive possession-even when you don’t take the shot or make the pass for the shot?

Be a Player

There has only been one Magic Johnson in almost 40 years. If you’re tall, worry about being a player and not a point guard.

Portsmouth Lessons

Just returned from Portsmouth watching college seniors try to play their way into the Draft. These guys are good and most aren’t even on the bubble. Be humble and work your butt off.

Travel Play

Assume that each time you play, it’s the only time an evaluator will have a chance to scout you.
Travel Play often fools you to think that “it’s just another game”.

Small Things

It’s difficult to receive a scholarship for just playing hard and taking care of the ball but if you don’t do both, a lot of coaches will dismiss you-no matter what else you can do.

D3 to D1?

Tyler Harvey of Eastern Washington led D1 in scoring this year. He didn’t have a D1 offer; went D3 and transferred to EW. Persist!


If the pros can use “vitamins”, so can you.



The common denominator for outstanding offensive teams regardless of tempo and system is great floor spacing.

“Top” Lists

“Top 50″ and “Top 100″ Lists: First of all, they are usually one person’s opinion and secondly, players can peak early or bloom late. Work on your game!

Ball movement

If you have forgotten how the Spurs play, refresh. The ball never “settles” at a player. They either have a good shot on the catch or pass or attack with bounce.

50/50 Balls

Everyone says you should get most of the 50-50 balls. That’s understood. You should also be getting most of the 40-60 and 30-70 balls.

Great Defenders

You are quite the defender if your man is so uncomfortable he has to put the ball on the floor AND THEN so uncomfortable he has to pick up his dribble.

Short Memory

Short Memory: Maybe the best mental attribute you can have is a short memory. Forgetting highs and lows quickly after games is highly advisable.

Be Efficient

College coaches are more interested than ever in efficient players. That means a good assist/turnover ratio for your position and sound FG%, 3pt.FG% and FT%’s.

Conference Play

Conference Play: The deeper you get into your schedule, scouting reports zero in on teams’ and players’ tendencies. Don’t be surprised if you get “game planned.”

Playing Levels

Playing level demarcations are becoming increasingly blurred: Division II Ferris St. beat Bowling Green 82-68 on the road yesterday. One of many glaring upsets this season.

Playing Levels

Playing Levels: Don’t necessarily judge your level off viewing televised games. Sit courtside at different level games as much as you can. Huge difference.

Watch Games

When you watch a college or pro game, sometimes pick out just one good player at your position and watch everything that player does.

Early Commits

Early commitments/early signing date have actually helped clarify the “picture” for mid and low major schools/prospects,  Every time a player “goes off the board:, the picture is clearer.

Stay Grounded

Stay grounded: Don’t fall victim to recruiting and/or media hype about you. Many players have peaked early because they believed what others wrote or said.

Recruiting Letters

Recruiting Letters: Many are computer generated; others are personal. But even the so-called “personal” notes can be canned and duplicated to many other recruits-even over the years.

Big Names

“Name” coaches and programs. Don’t go to a big name program for the effect of announcing it.
No one- especially you- will be impressed if it’s the wrong fit.

Timed Offers

Some programs will give you a time limit to decide on their offer.
Others won’t.
Your reaction will probably depend on who has the “hammer”.

Scouts Make Mistakes

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”.

Fun Check

Even though college basketball is a business, having fun is why you started playing in the first place. Don’t overlook this simple checkpoint.

“Fool’s Gold”

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.

Quality Time

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.


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.

Slow Played

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.

Style of Play

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.


The definition of “commitment” is “a pledge or promise; an obligation:”  Schools and players who treat verbals lightly are likely to be repeat offenders.

Academic Program Choice

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.


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.  

College Costs

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.

Home Visits

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.

Decision Makers

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).