TOP 5 THINGS COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACHES LOOK FOR IN RECRUITS

What College Coaches Look For in Recruits 2What do college basketball coaches look for in recruits?

The spring NCAA basketball “evaluation” periods are coming up the next two weekends in April and then again repeating for 3 weeks in a row in July.

During this time, college coaches are allowed, per the NCAA, to watch AAU basketball teams in person around the country in order to evaluate potential college prospects.

I thought it’d be a perfect time to write about what these college basketball coaches look for when evaluating a potential college basketball recruit. Parents and players (and even AAU coaches) often times have no idea what college scouts are looking for in their evaluations, so they end up focusing their energy and efforts on the wrong things.

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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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