THE TRUTH ABOUT DIVISION 3 MEN’S BASKETBALL

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Three years ago, I knew next to nothing about division 3 men’s basketball. I grew up with dreams of playing division 1 basketball and making it to the NBA.

I ended up playing division 1 basketball and professionally overseas for a few years, all the while having no knowledge of the world of division III basketball.

Sure, I had heard of division 3 basketball players overseas. I knew of guys like Ben Wallace and Terry Porter that played NAIA or division III basketball and ended up in the NBA.

But my knowledge of division III was minuscule at best. It wasn’t until my brother got hired as the head coach at Swarthmore College did I take an active interest in learning about division 3 colleges.

Having witnessed my first division 3 basketball game in person, I felt compelled to write about the experience and hopefully inform young basketball players on what they should know about division 3 hoops.

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FLASHBACK FRIDAY: COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECRUITING – BIGGER VS. BETTER

Deep down, I knew something wasn’t right. I was about to fulfill a lifelong goal, but if I was being honest with myself, I knew I was making a mistake in my college basketball recruiting process.

I had grown up in the gym. Following my older brother to tournament after tournament, attending camps all summer long, playing for school and AAU teams, and idolizing college programs like Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky.

Watching those teams on TV, I found my dream – to play BIG TIME college basketball. I had found personal and team success up until that point in my basketball career, and anything but playing high major basketball, I would be a disappointment to myself, my family, and everyone else that thought I was a good player…at least that’s the way my 17 year old mind processed it.

I wasn’t prepared for the college basketball recruiting process. I didn’t have a list of priorities that I looked for in schools, and I didn’t know how to find the right fit for me.

In my mind, for college basketball recruiting, bigger was better. I couldn’t possibly accept scholarship offers from schools like Davidson, Santa Clara or Northern Arizona. That would be a let down.

So, as I sat there about to sign my letter of intent to Baylor University, I should have been ecstatic to play in the Big XII and be on TV playing against schools like Kansas and Texas, and I was excited, but somewhere inside, something wasn’t right. Baylor had been the only Big XII team to offer me a scholarship and looking back at it now, there was a reason for that, but I was blinded by the bright lights.

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ESPN’s PAUL BIANCARDI ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL RECRUITING

Paul Biancardi ESPNRecently, I was lucky enough to have a conversation with Paul Biancardi, ESPN’s national director of recruiting, and ask him some questions about college basketball recruiting.

Paul Biancardi has coached at the highest level in the game as a head coach and an assistant. He was an assistant coach at St. Louis, Ohio State and Boston College before becoming the head coach of Wright State, where he was named Horizon League Coach of the Year in 2004.

The below questions are a quick, helpful read for players who want to play basketball in college as well as parents and coaches who want to help their kids/players get there.

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NEWS: OVER 20 COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYERS IN 3 YEARS

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Pro Skills Basketball of Charlotte has helped over 20 players go on to play college basketball in only 3 years! Specifically, through our competitive grassroots basketball club, PSB Select, we’ve been able to teach and coach players while also helping them get the exposure they need to be recruited to play college basketball. The list is not even finished as some players in the class of 2016 have not committed or signed yet, but the list includes 15 Division I college basketball players!

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