There was a ton of responses from my post on Monday, So You Wanna Play D1.
I wanted to follow up that post with some advice for parents and coaches to help their athletes open their eyes and keep an open mind to all basketball programs
🏀1. Student first, then Athlete
On one of my recruiting visits, I received the best advice from a soccer player, I am paraphrasing, but it went something like this, “Pick a school that you will be happy without sports because at some point basketball will be horrible and you will want to quit.”
Pick a school for their education and how you will fit in, then look at the sports team.
Do you want to be a big fish in a little pond, or a little fish in a big pond
🏀2. Watch their work ethic
Are the out their practicing, spending time in the weight room when all their friends are out having fun, etc
Because this is what you need to do to play at D1
🏀3. Are They Good Enough?
Coaches and Parents, get your ego in check.
Be honest, is your athlete really that good to play D1? I would say in most cases, they aren’t
It is not about you, it is about your player, your daughter!
This will tie into my 4th tip, but go watch a D1 basketball game and see how competitive, physical and the skill level and then answer, can my player or daughter play at this school?
🏀4. Go Watch D1, D2 and D3 games
Most coaches take their teams to go watch D1 games.
Do you research and go to a D1 game, a D2 game and a D3 game.
Let your player see the difference or lack there of in some cases but also, by going to different games you are keeping their mind open
I would love to know your thoughts, drop me a line and if I can help, let me know
Your friend and coach,