I don't know how many people on this site were actually recuited to play D1 basketball, but how would you choose your college. I think there are some major things to decide in your choice. Which would be your deciding factor. I'll name a few.
1. Do you make the locals proud and pick an in state school? a la Eric Gordon Indiana boy that went to Indiana
2. Do you go where you would be BIG MAN ON CAMPUS? Knowing you'll get all the scoring chances you want? a la Michael Beasley
3. Go to the school that has the great basketball tradition and the TV exposure? a la Harrison Barnes
4. Go where the need for you would be for your position? a la Xavier Henery (meaning they just needed a sg already had center, point gaurd and forwards)
5.Follow a certain coach? a la John Wall ( I really think putting three straight pgs in the top 5 NBA Drafts is gonna help him get all the future top pgs in that years class)
6. Winning a championship? If the team is almost to that point would you choose a college based on that alone?
Now I know the ideal situation would be to have all of those reasons but which is more important to you?
depends on how i'm ranked. If I'm a top 100 recruit and have a legit chance to go pro someday, then i would defenitely want to go to a major school with exposure. If not, then i would just pick a school with a nice campus in warm wether and with a coach that ireally like and trust.
I would also enjoy the recruiting process and see what a number of schools have to offer. I think picking a school just because you are a fan of that school growing up is kind of silly.
If I was good enough that I didn't need an education to fall back on, I would want to play for a great coach. I would want to play for Izzo.
I think in both college football and basketball the coach is usually the biggest reason. You see how many players go back on their offer when a coach leaves a school that they commited to.
1. Full Scholarship
4. What has the college done for previous players NBA draft stock?
5. Positon Need
6. Current/incoming talent level on the team
7. National Exposure
9. Biddies, Biddies, Biddies
I should've added that you are a high level recuit. That pretty much have your choice of any college full ride no doubt.
damn, i forgot to add the biddies
If I was a highly regarded recruit I would prioritize like this:
1.) Coach. You are an extension of your coach, and if you can't get along with your coach or understand what he wants from you, you will have a minimal chance of succeeding.
2.) Playing time. I would make sure I went to a team where it would be easier for me to find out whether or whether not I'm ready to play. I would either go to a team with a vacant spot at my position so I can have my rough spots early in my career to get them out of the , or I would go to a team where I'm behind a great player for a year at most, so I can have an easy transition for next season and so I can play as a change of pace from them. Just to feed off of the lead guys success for a small time.
3.) Team Direction. I would want to make sure I went to a team that played the pace I'm most comfortable playing.
4.) Teammates. I would want my teammates to not only be teammates, but also friends. I would be a STUDENT-athlete, so I would want teammates to help me with schoolwork, have good times partying and stuff, and helping me with my school work if they were capable.
5.) Academics. I would want to go to a school that has a strong background in the major of my choice, just in case I don't have a pro basketball future or at least a future that involves playing basketball for money, I'd have something to fall back on.
6. Location. I wouldn't really care where I played in terms of location from home, even though it would matter to my family and friends if I stayed near home. All of the factors listed above would matter more, because with those factors I would play just about anywhere if I found this perfect a situation
I think yall are underestimating the biddies factor.
ill tell you how me and some of my aau teammates picked our colleges and how most players recruited by d1 schools pick
1. most important to all of us was playing time. somehwere we we though we would either start or have a very good chance to play in our first year( we also looked at who else was being recruited at our position)
2. how good the team is or could be
3. the track recoord of the school getting players into the nba
4. the coach
im sure not every recruit thought like this but this is how the people i knew as well as myself thought at the time
I would love to go to a mid major school as a star player.
I would want all the touches and scoring possibilities i can get,
and i want to get a small school some love.
And I always love to be the underdog. Maybe knock out some good teams in the tourney
ala Stephen Curry
then the biddies.
ill tell you one thing...the visits are GRRRRRRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAATTTTTT
I was never recruited, so certain things I don't know, but if I had to think like one then I would list my priorities like this.
1. Being comfortable with the location. I see this as very important because you don't want to recruit someone who is home sick.
2. Playing time and Coach. I think it is important for a recruit to know that the school recruiting them that he is the team's #1 priority in the recruiting process, and will get playing time immediately or red shirted rather than having to be on the bench the 1st year with minimal playing time. Do you see the coach as a good person who you can go to if there is a problem.
3. Social Life. 85% of college is outside the classroom, while for the athlete a lot of time is composed of practicing, traveling, and games after classes plenty of hours left to have a social life. Besides the players do you get along with everyone else, are the girls hot, etc.
4. Academics. Recruits have to understand playing pro ball is not a guarantee the coaches will do whatever it takes to make them the best player they will possibly be, but doesn't mean a team will want them. So if basketball after college does not work out, what will be the fall back on. Make sure the school has majors the player is interested in, rather than being stuck with liberal arts and having a degree that can't get the player a job.
I think that's all. Most college get some type of TV exposure, and if you're really good at a mid-major you'll get noticed by the scouts, so that isn't something to worry about I feel.
thats true. most guys dont think like that. academics should be number one on the list because most guys wont get to the nba. most dont think about mid majors unless thats there only options because even though they get a lil airtime the dukes, carolinas and kansases get alot of national tv time and as a kid thats very big for you. ive never understood how players could get home sick because i was always independent but in a way i kinda understood
I said what I said because as someone who wants to become a coach I find it as my future responsibility to educate my players on these subjects. The only reason I did not put academics 1st is because colleges recruit them for athletics and the main reason they attend that school is for athletics, though when they are making choices they should look into the academics provided by the school. As for the location part I only put that there because I have known a lot of people to transfer schools because they don't like being away from home.
I'd have to go with playing time, exposure, coach, campus life, and academics, in that order. I'd be a good student at an average-to-good school (academic prestige wise), and your major plays a big part in what you'll do if basketball doesn't work out. (If a player is "majoring" in Liberal Arts, then he really doesn't care too much about life after college.) As far as the biddies, they're everywhere...... except maybe Duke.
I feel like the players that are majoring in Liberal Arts is for two reasons. First being that the player isn't academically equipped to major in something that prepares them after college. Also, the other reason being it's an easy major and the coaches don't have to worry about there players being academically ineligible.
you would be suprised how many are at duke. and if not duke then you could always travel to many of the other small area colleges.
i feel ya and youre right. and to be real most dont go to scholl for the school work. most think they will make it in the nba. after awhile they start to realize that might not happen. thats why its good that you dont have to have amajr till youre a jr and youre first 2 years is just basics
Most college kids don't go to college for the school work, but for the social life. College for most people is where you will be living for the next 4 years, school work is just a small part of it, though the most major part. Also, you're right jr year is when a major comes into play, so it takes a player 2 years to realize if they're nba talent or not.
now that i dont agree with. most that arent into sports actually go to learn and get a better job and career. thats why they work so hard in hs so they can get that scholarship or get into a good college and get closer to there goal of becoming what ever they plan on becoming
Let me re-state that. What I mean is rather that school work isn't what college is or should be all about rather just a part of the entire college experience.
college is what u make it. it can be one big party for 4 years if you want it to be or it can be agreat learning experience that helps you later on in life. the smart people use college. the dumb ones just waste away there parents money and just party. when they get older they regret that
Well said. Couldn't have said it better myself.
i think a lot of people that go to college don't really know what they are doing there, they just know that is what you are supposed to do after highschool. That's why you see so many people with jobs that have nothing to do with their degree.
lots of times you cant get a job for what yougot youre degree in because you have to have more then just a bachlors degree. oure right most dont know yet which is probably the reason you have time while in college to pick youre major