Basketball Scholarships. College Basketball Recruiting.

You can’t teach size. College basketball coaches will sometimes forgo experience and offer basketball scholarships to a perspective recruit who has a large frame that can be developed. But just because you’re big doesn’t mean you will be recruited; there are over 550,000 male and 450,000 female high school basketball players. You must find a way to distinguish yourself from the crowd if you want to be recruited and earn that elusive basketball scholarship. You will have to attend basketball camps and showcases, as well as play on club or AAU teams to help you gain exposure.

While participating in AAU tournament basketball camps is a great way to gain exposure, just playing is not enough. Coaches scout athletes they already know at combines. Reach out to coaches and introduce yourself to them. If you want a basketball scholarship then you need to be proactive. They’ll want to know the basics, like your height and weight, but they’ll also want to see a highlight video and know your stats from previous high school seasons and club teams. Your highlight video should contain a mixture of offensive and defensive plays. Start off with your best plays first and you will be well on your way in the basketball recruiting process.

Point Guards

Point guards are the floor generals of a basketball team. All guards must have the ability to handle the ball, but if you want to play point guard at the college level you must be an exceptional ball handler. You will also be responsible for setting up plays, distributing the ball and creating scoring opportunities for teammates. Basketball coaches look to recruit mature athletes who can be an on-the-floor coach. To get recruited as a point guard, you must show coaches you can handle the responsibility of running the offense and setting up teammates before looking for shots for yourself.

Shooting Guards

A shooting guard’s primary responsibility is to score. Coaches will award basketball scholarships to athletes that have a great shot and are capable of hitting shots beyond the three-point line. To be recruited at the college level, you will need ball handling skills good enough to share responsibility with the point guard. You can move your way up coaches’ recruiting lists by showcasing exceptional defensive skills. At the collegiate level, coaches expect you to finish at the basket with both your strong and weak hand.

Small Forwards

Small forwards are the bridge between the big men and the guards in the back court. You will share some ball-handling responsibility with the guards, but you’ll also be responsible for rebounding with the larger forwards. Small forwards are the most versatile athletes on the floor, and coaches recruit small forwards that have a wide range of skills. The best small forwards can guard opponents’ shooting guards, small forwards, and power forwards.

Power Forwards

Power forwards are one of the two big men on the floor who are responsible for guarding the paint and the basket. You must be a great rebounder if you want to stand out during the basketball recruiting process. Much of your offensive involvement will come with your back to the basket, so it’s important that you develop strong “post moves.” The best power forwards have well-developed mid-range shots. Large players are rare and coaches will actively recruit you if you are big. But, coaches can’t recruit you if they don’t know who you are, so make sure you actively contact coaches early in your high school career.

Centers

Centers are the biggest players on the basketball court. If you’re not big, you will not be recruited as a center. At the college level, the distinction between center and power forward can sometimes be vague; but centers tend to be primary interior defenders, rebounders and secondary scorers. Like with power forwards, coaches are always trying to recruit athletes with size. If you have the size and skills necessary to compete as a center in college, then coaches will find a way to get you scholarship money.

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Author: David Frank

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