I am living in a new world here at Milton High School so I am not the type of expert someone like Coach Hurley from St. Anthony might be on the topic of colleges recruiting my players, but here are some things I have found to be truths that any coach (AND PARENT) might want to consider when going through the process.
1. Neither a high school coach nor AAU coach will ever talk a college coach into offering a scholarship to a player the college coach DOES NOT WANT. It has NEVER HAPPENED and IT NEVER WILL happen, no matter how hard some may try, and no matter what any high school or AAU coach might claim. These college coaches Recruit their livelihoods and their futures. No chance they are going to offer a scholarship to one of my players as some favor to me. It is partially my job to get those coaches interested in my players, and from there it is up to the college coach to decide if my player is right for his program.
2. A high school coach can contact college coaches around the country to alert them of a player who the HS coach feels might be able to play, and that might even draw further interest–so it is a good idea to help a student-athlete. But doing this only enhances a player with less exposure’s chance of getting recruited; it does not guarantee anything!
3. College coaches recruit based on FIT and NEED. In other words, the player must fit the college coach’s idea of what he wants a player to be able to do and the college coach must have a need in that specific class for a kid of the player’s skills. What this means is, just because a certain university doesn’t recruit a player, doesn’t mean that university thinks the player can’t play. It may be a situation where a coach likes a little buy bigger 3 or a 4 who plays more of a stretch role rather than a post role. Or it may be THAT the program already has 3 kids on scholarship who can do the same kinds of things so they are searching for a different position. Any way you slice it, these coaches know specifically what they like so refer to item 1.
4. Be HONEST with the college coaches recruiting your players because your credibility is on the line. In other words, if I have a player I think MIGHT be able to play D1 ball, I present it to the coaches I contact exactly that way! “Coach, I have a guard who has really done well against high level competition but he hasn’t gotten a ton of attention at the next level. I love the kid and think he may be able to play at your level, BUT YOU KNOW BETTER THAN I DO. If you are looking for a scoring 2 and size isn’t a big issue, you may want to take a look at him because he is really skilled. And ID appreciate any insight you might be able to give me on where you think he’d best fit, if not at your level.” That discussion usually goes in a positive direction and I have found college coaches to be the BEST judges of what COLLEGE LEVEL a kid should play.
Also, if a college coach asks, “Does the kid practice hard; is he coachable; is he a good teammate; does he do the right things off the floor?” Best to answer them ALL HONESTLY! Fudging the truth with one these coaches noe wrecks your credibility in that college coach’s circle perhaps forever.