May 25, 2001, Newsletter Issue #27: Getting Noticed By College Coaches

Tip of the Week

The first thing you do is make a list of the colleges that you like. Be realistic. Know how much talent you have. Seek someone`s advice who knows what it takes to play Division I basketball. Different colleges have different levels of competition. All Division I schools give scholarships, and some Division II. Do not rule out community colleges...they can be a steppingstone to a Division I or II college scholarship if you perform well at the jr. college level.

Tape yourself in competition. College coaches don`t want to hear how good you are, they want to SEE how good you are! Get taped... of one of your better games. Never send a coach an entire game if you don`t get started til the second half. Most coaches will not sit through a tape of you playing sloppy basketball... they will go on to the next tape.

Contact the schools on your list. Send them a letter with your statistics... height, weight, position, GPA, age... and of course include your game statistics. Send it with a tape to the colleges of your choice. It may take a while...most coaches receive several tapes for review, but they will usually contact you to let you know where you stand. Don`t be surprised to hear the word "no". Sometimes coaches have a predetermined idea of what they think their team needs... and maybe you don`t fit that mold.

Do your homework, and play all the competition you outside leagues, AAU, travelling teams or against the guys in a pickup game. The more people that see you play, the better known you will get. Your name may reach a coach from someone else who has seen you play. Work to improve your skills can always get better. And keep an A+ attitude!

Don`t be shy! If you want something, go out and get it! If you have the talent, then some college coach out there is looking for you. It`s your job to get them to find you!

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