How to Get Recruited to College Basketball
All serious basketball players dream of playing professionally. If you’re one of those players, you’re going to need college basketball to be a part of your resume.
D1, D2, D3, or JUCO and NAIA, it’s all college basketball and you should always aim for the highest. By playing in one of those programs, it increases your chances of making it to the NBA or professional basketball overseas.
Here are some players that played professionally with no College Division 1 experience.
If you’re a high school athlete, one of the first things you need to focus on is your school work. A lot of high school athletes like myself completely slacked on their school work, thinking basketball will help them all the way. In my sophomore year, a couple of (high school) private school coaches were offering me scholarships but my grades were not good enough to get accepted by admissions. I learned my lesson and worked on my grades. Eventually, I got recruited to play at a Division 1 school my senior year.
You should be contacting colleges your sophomore and junior year. Visit the school’s athletic page and check out the roster, coaches, etc. I went to a couple of college basketball games with my teammates in high school to see the college’s basketball programs. If you like the college, speak to the coach or send him an email to start a relationship and invite him to your games. SELL YOURSELF.
“What if I never played in high school?”
If you never played or currently not playing varsity basketball in high school. You can always play AAU or in other basketball clubs. Ask a friend or family members to record your games or invite a coach to watch you play. Send coaches highlights and full game footage.
FINAL TIP: When speaking to your future coach personally or through emails, let him know what you will be bringing to his team that will help out during the season. Work hard and get recruited to your dream school!