THE TRUTH ABOUT PLAYING DIVISION 2 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

playing division 2 men's college basketballA few months back, my PSB Co-founder, Logan Kosmalski, wrote a blog titled, “The Truth About D3 Basketball“, which was really eye-opening for parents and players, so now I’d like to attempt to do the same thing with D2 college basketball.

There are so many incorrect assumptions and uninformed opinions out there that need to be corrected so that parents and players can make better decisions when choosing a college or university at which to play basketball, especially if Division 2 schools are an option.

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As I’ve said before in past blogs, I hear and see kids and parents turn their noses up all the time at anything that’s not D1. And that’s a shame because:

A) D2 and D3 have a lot of great things to offer.

B) Often times those kids aren’t necessarily even good enough to play at the D2 or D3 level.

The problem is they just don’t know the truth about Division 2 basketball, so in this article I’ve listed 5 things that parents and players MUST know about D2 college basketball.

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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

Pro Skills Charlotte College Basketball Players

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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HOW TO MAKE A BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

basketball highlight video

There is little doubt that a well planned basketball highlight video is an important part of the college basketball recruiting process. A good basketball highlight video can gain you the attention that you seek, and a bad highlight video can have you thrown into a pile, never to be acknowledged again.

It sounds harsh, but that is the world that college basketball coaches live in. Having friends, family and acquaintances in that line of work, I have seen it first hand. Here are 5 tips on how to make the best basketball highlight video.

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