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Posted On: 03/9/20 6:45 PM

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I recently spoke with 13 college coaches about a variety of high school prospects and what made them interested or not in those players.

The coaches represented five different levels: NCAA D1,2,3, NAIA, and JuCo.

Besides making it to the state tournament, most of the players discussed were on a good AAU/Grassroots teams and/or attended the university’s summer camp. So familiarity with the prospect was already pretty high.

College coaches have an impossible job- predict the future. It is an art more than a science.

If they fail to project growth and maturation correctly or fail to accurately evaluate talent, they will be fired.

Qualities of the top prospects- Not all coaches will value these attributes in this exact order but. . . 

  1. SAT’s- Can you get into college and stay eligible?
  2. Shooting- Three-point shooting translates to the next level; backing down a 150 lb freshmen doesn’t
  3. Size- (Height then strength) - You may not get taller

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