How Unsigned Seniors Can Still Get NCAA Division 2 Basketball Offers

How Unsigned Seniors Can Still Get NCAA Division 2 Basketball Offers

As an unsigned senior, with a goal to get a scholarship offer from a Division 2 school, you can still do it! If you’re driven to get a Division 2 offer don’t be discouraged from your goal just because you’ve made it to your senior year and still don’t have anything secured. You are not alone and, plenty of unsigned senior basketball players still manage to secure themselves an offer to play for a division 2 school. In this article, we will outline some steps you can take to ensure you do everything you can to achieve your goal of playing NCAA D2 collegiate basketball.

GETTING READY TO CONTACT DIVISION 2 BASKETBALL COACHES

When your summer AAU basketball season has finished in July, one of the first things you want to do is make sure you get all your information together for the college coaches. This is the time where you should work on putting together all your best highlights. To go with your highlights, you want to create yourself a comprehensive basketball profile too. In your profile, college coaches are going to want to see your personal information easily and clearly. Here’s what to include: Full name, date of birth, hometown, high school, position(s) played, height, weight, wingspan, vertical (reach/jump), GPA and stats. If you choose to include additional information such as one rep max (squat, deadlift, bench etc.), basketball achievements and other such things, make sure that everything can be verified. Coach may ask you for proof.

A professional-looking highlight video can make the difference in your recruitment process. A good first impression is super important. Making a good first impression with college coaches definitely counts! Showing a coach that you have taken the time to make your highlight video and profile to a high standard, will say a lot about you. In our experience, coaches prefer videos to be no more than 5 minutes long without any music. Yes, we know you think that music will enhance your highlights making it more interesting as background music but, the coaches have let us know that they prefer to watch highlights without music. This way they can focus and think about what they are seeing because they are not being distracted by music. Not adding music will save you time. You can use this saved time by putting it into your recruitment.  Another tip is to make sure you have your best full game on hand. When a college is interested in you, they are likely to contact you you with a request to see a full game of yours.

WHAT DIVISION 2 BASKETBALL COACHES WANT TO SEE IN YOUR VIDEO

When it comes to recruiting, NCAA Division 2 coaches are experts. College coaches are professionals and they know exactly what to look for in potential recruits. With this in mind, you want to focus on putting together a highlight video that any Division 2 basketball coach is going to want to see.

To start with, you want to choose from games where you played against your best competition. You can get these highlights from your varsity games, any high-level AAU games and/or, any nationwide high-level basketball tournaments. On;y taking highlights from games played against the highest competition is important because it demonstrates to college coaches how you match up against other talented players. Once you have all your highlights together, now its time to switch your attention to your ‘profile page’ that will show at the beginning of your video. Here, make sure you include your full name, position, height, weight and graduation class.

Next, you want to make yourself easily identifiable in your highlights so the college coaches can focus in on you straight away You can do this by circling yourself, having an arrow point to you, have everything darken out expect you etc. It really doesn’t matter how you choose to highlight yourself, just make sure that the coach can easily recognize its you at the beginning of every highlight. Make sure you only use quality highlights. Quality highlights are the highlights are the ones where you can clearly see you on the court with nothing in the way. Again, to reiterate, there should be zero sound to your highlights. Sound is only distracting to the college coach who is evaluating you.

Once you have all this done, now you can piece together your clips to make your best highlight video. We recommend you section your highlights into groups. Here are some suggestions for your grouping titles: shooting, ball handling, passing, rebounding, shot blocking, steals, taking charges. Remember, always put your best clips first. Depending on your primary position, you will want to make sure you include highlights from the following list:

  • Ball handling plays
  • Shooting
  • Scoring ability
  • Penetrate & finish at the rim
  • Finishing around the rim
  • Rebounding
  • Shot blocking
  • Footwork
  • Court vision
  • Defensive abilities

CONTACTING DIVISION 2 BASKETBALL COACHES

First step is to figure out which college coaches you want to contact. You should focus your energy into contacting college coaches who are recruiting your position. The best time for you to start this process is in August to maximize your recruitment time. When contacting college coaches, perseverance is key. As long as you have put in the work to be a high level basketball player, you’ve taken all the necessary steps to  make your best highlight video and, you have a set strategy for contacting college coaches … you have positioned yourself well. As you are contacting college coaches, use this connection as a good time to share your game schedule with coaches who are showing interest in you. These coaches are probably considering attending one of your games.

YOUR SENIOR BASKETBALL SEASON

You have been contacting college coaches as an unsigned senior; now, your performance in your senior year will be crucial to you getting recruited to play division 2 basketball. Be prepared, be ready. Make sure you come into your senior season in top shape and focused. Be ready to play every game like it’s your last, always giving your performance 100% effort. College coaches are always watching recruits. They are watching you when you are on the court, when you are sat on the bench and when you are off the court just walking around and interacting. They do this because they want to see what type of person you are. They are assessing what type of player you are, how do you respond to your coaches and teammates so it’s advisable to always have this in your mind. A college coach wants to make sure they are recruiting a player who ticks all their boxes.

KEEPING YOUR VIDEO UPDATED DURING YOUR SENIOR BASKETBALL SEASON

During your senior year, make sure keep adding all your new highlights to your highlight video. Update your highlight video at the mid-point of your senior season. Any division 2 coaches who have shown interest in you, send them your updated highlights in the middle of your season so that they can see your progress. Also, have your best full game from the first half of your season ready for the D2 college coaches, so you are ready if they request it. At the end of the season, do one final update of all the highlights you’ve gained since your previous update. Once you have completely update your highlight video, again, resend to the college coaches who have shown interest. At the end of your season, have your best full game from the season available to send to D2 coaches if they request it from you.

TALKING TO DIVISION 2 COLLEGE COACHES

Before you get on the phone with a D2 basketball coach, there are are few steps to take first. You want to make sure you are prepared for the phone call so you can make a good impression. Being prepared will also mean you will get the most out your phone call. The first step is to visit the schools website. Check out the schools basketball team page. Read about the program and write down any questions that come to you are you read through the information. Do this for the school’s academic website too and write down any questions that come to mind. The more familiar you are with what the school has to offer, the smoother your phone call can go with the coach. When you are on the phone with the coach, it is also recommended that you take notes and listen carefully to what the coach has to say. The coach will most likely supply you with a lot of information. This is a lot to take in and process. Making notes is a good technique for you to be able to remember the important bits and not forget anything important. Also, remeber that you are still getting recruited at this point. You will only have once chance to make a good first impression!