If you’re a high school basketball player, fresh out of graduation but still don’t have a college offer, don’t despair. You can still achieve your goal of playing college basketball. It might seem like you’ve tried everything and you can understand why you haven’t got that offer you’ve been working so hard to get. Let us point out a few things that may not have tried yet, to get you on your way to playing college basketball! Here’s what you need to do:
GET ALL YOUR INFORMATION ORGANIZED FOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACHES
Being organized is going to greatly maximize your chance for being recruited. A great way to organize your information for college basketball coaches is to put together a basketball profile. Your profile should include the following information:
– Full Name
– Wing span
– Graduation class
– NCAA/NAIA ID
– HS GPA
– Video links
It is very beneficial to have all your basketball information organized because this allows college basketball coaches to quickly see all your information. The want to see this as efficiently as possible so they can figure out if you are they type of player they are looking for and, to see that you are eligible to attend their program.
Having all your information organized also helps you get your information out there (to college coaches) quickly because it is packaged in an organized way that makes a good first impression.
TIP: Include a smiling profile picture of you in your basketball jersey, to add to your positive first impression.
Basketball Coaches have a lot to do and their time is valuable so they want to be able to make a good evaluation of you as quickly as possible. So when you are putting your profile together here are some additional pointers that will make your profile even better:
- Clear, easy to read font writing (white on black or black on white is best)
- Space things out
- Don’t try to fit too much on
- No music on your video (coaches do not like it)
WHAT TO DO WITH YOUR COLLEGE BASKETBALL PROFILE
Now that you have your recruiting profile together, the next step is to contact college Basketball coaches. You need to let them know you are still available and interested in playing for their school. To make sure you are the most efficient and effective with your time, you need to only contact schools who are specifically recruiting at your position. This will not only help you save a lot of time, it will also maximize your chances of getting an offer. You are more likely to get a response from a college basketball coaches who is recruiting your position specifically, than taking a shot in the dark at a school where you don’t know what they are looking for.
BE AWARE OF THE COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECRUITMENT CALENDAR
If you are looking to play NCAA there are specific dates and periods within the the calendar year that you must be aware of. Specifically, there are live periods where you can be recruited and sign, and there are dead periods where you cannot be contacted or recruited by a coach.
Knowing when these periods are will help you when you are contacting college basketball coaches. Remember, the rules and guidelines for NCAA college basketball coaches are very strict. They will not bend the rules for you. If you are to be successful at finding your self a college basketball offer you care going to need to know these dates and plan your recruitment strategy accordingly.
NOTE: You have 5 years on the clock to complete your 4 years of playing college basketball once you graduate from HS.
CONSIDER OTHER OPTIONS TO PLAY COLLEGE BASKETBALL
If its getting late in the game for you and you are still struggling to find an opportunity, you can consider playing Junior Varsity basketball or Walking On. Not sure what these options are? No problem. Below you can find a detailed summary of what each option is all about, why its a good option and how you can get going down this route if you so choose.
The Junior Varsity (JV) team is made up of players who are not yet the main players for the school’s basketball team. It is good to point out that JV players are still be eligible for a scholarship. It is a good options as it allows for more players like you to go to college and play college basketball. The 2-year JV programs at the D1 level are designed to give non-scholarship student-athletes the opportunity to continue their basketball careers. Tryouts for the JV team happen every year before the beginning of basketball season. Sometimes, even scholarship offers can be given out to JV players. Players who choose to play on a JV team for two years are later given a chance to try out for the varsity team either as a starter or as a walk-on. When you play for a JV team your game schedule will consist of community colleges, junior colleges and prep schools prior to varsity games during the season. It is important to note that there are only a small number of NCAA Division 1 schools who still have a JV program.
A walk-on player is a player who has enrolled at the college and has made their way to basketball tryouts and made the team. Teams need walk-on players to fill various roles with the team dynamics. A preferred walk-on is when a coach guarantees you a spot on the roster (but you still don’t receive an athletic scholarship). A recruited walk-on is when a coach wants you on the team but your position on the roster is not guaranteed (if you are a recruited walk-on you become subject to the transfer rules) with no financial assistance. Finally, a not-recruited walk-on is when you work your way onto the team by enrolling at the school and attending an open tryout or, you have worked it out with the college by previously making contact with the coaches on your own.
NOTE: The majority of schools “leave the door open” for young, talented and ambitious basketball players to get an opportunity in this way and make the team.