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We will discuss topics ranging from recruitment, academics, training, as well as other hot-button topics in the hoops community. If there are specific topics you’d like to discuss, please e-mail us at info@prephoops.com.

Be the Squeaky Wheel

When it comes to self promotion as a player, knowing what to do and when will get you far in your recruitment.

Sure, there is no exact formula for creating and promoting your profile to coaches and decision makers of programs, but using proper, concise, and timely communication are imperative.

Never before in terms of recruiting has there been this many platforms and avenues for communication. Both for players and coaches, there are countless ways to get your information across and to connect. However, a common mistake we see is players not utilizing their streams of communication correctly,[...]

By: Prep Hoops Staff

Say No To A “Division-I-Or-Bust” Mindset

This time of year in the prep high school season you can touch base with a number of seniors and juniors for that matter regarding the next level and discover that their goals, or better yet their plans for the collegiate level are extremely misguided and uneducated.

Often times, with kids who have the skill set and basketball IQ to play at the next level, it is solely a Division I or bust mentality. Obviously, it is great to have that as the goal, but to discredit any sort of other level as a possibility is downright foolish.

Here[...]

By: Prep Hoops Staff

Trying to Do Too Much During Tourney Time

We all know when it comes to tournament play everyone wants to showcase their best stuff. But, sometimes that extra effort and focus can hinder you more than it can help.

In a recent recap of a district tournament game I caught a quote that stuck with me, the head coach had stated, “the kids were tight and the coaches were tight.” When observing the action during district and state tournament time you can certainly feel the tightness of coaches, players, and even parents in the stands. That is what makes those moment so special, but also very difficult[...]

By: Prep Hoops Staff

7 Ways to Become a Winning Parent

Your son knows what he wants. He wants to be a college basketball player. You’ve seen the numbers and know that the odds are against him. Being the parent of a student-athlete can be difficult, but you shouldn’t have to feel helpless.

Ultimately, whether or not your son makes it as a college basketball player is not up to you, but there are some things you can do as a parent to improve his chances and help his achieve his dreams.

Seize the day The odds are already stacked against him. You can’t afford to miss[...]

By: Prep Hoops Staff

5 Questions to Ask Your Athlete After Every Game

When asked about their least favorite aspect of athletics, many youth will point to the ride home.

Yes, the ride home.

For athletes, especially young athletes, the time after the final buzzer has sounded and the outcome has been decided is the most dreaded time. It’s not the early mornings or the sprints, the failures or the aches. For many youngsters, postgame conversations with their parents were more dreaded than losing.

As a parent, what can you do to ensure that this doesn’t happen to you?

Let your son know you’re proud of his effort, then listen. Here[...]

By: Prep Hoops Staff

Family Guide to Selecting a Grassroots Program

The intent of this post is to give families at all levels a brief road map for the information that is most critical to picking a team that will offer the most value for your personal situation.

My experience with grassroots basketball includes 4 years as a head coach in Non-Shoe Sponsored programs, and 3 years as a head coach in Shoe Sponsored programs. This does not make me an expert, but it does offer a diverse opinion for players at all levels.

Here are the areas that need to be addressed for all families planning to participate in grassroots (a.k.a. AAU) basketball.

Program Goal

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By: Prep Hoops Staff

Introducing RecruitMe From Prep Hoops

Since we started Prep Hoops it has been our mission to provide coverage on all levels of players, not just those receiving Division 1 offers. Our writers focus on this goal while working extremely hard to cover more players around the country than any other outlet. Despite having the largest staff of writers and evaluators in the country and producing more than 1,200 articles a month, we realize there are still players we don’t see enough of, or worse, don’t see at all.

To remedy this problem we developed Prep Hoops RecruitMe to allow parents and players to[...]

By: Prep Hoops Staff

The D1 Delusion

It is that time of year.  High school seasons are coming to an end.  Seniors are in the process of playing their last games.  Yet some of them (and the people around them) are completely oblivious to the fact that the D1 offer they think is coming is not.  You are in February of your senior season!  Colleges have had four years of high school and three summers of grassroots ball to evaluate you.  Where exactly do you think this offer is going to come from?

I deal with it on a daily basis.  Interview a prospect that would be[...]

By: Scott Burgess

AAU, Camps, or Both? Choosing The Right Summer Training Options

AAU, Camps, or Both? Choose The Right Summer Training Options.

Youth basketball players in the United States have a wide variety of summer training options available to them, so when you choose how you’re going to improve your game over the summer, it’s essential to first determine what your specific needs are.

The correct path for elite players is already well-established; you find the most competitive AAU team that will give you exposure to college coaches and an opportunity to see a lot of minutes on the floor. The same is likely true for high-level varsity starters—guys who could play[...]

By: Prep Hoops Staff

Recruiting Series Part 6: Academics

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  Here we look at how important doing your work in the classroom is to the recruiting process.

If you don’t do your homework you can’t go out and play!  That is a common saying when you are a kid.  The same should apply to potential recruits.  If a prospect doesn’t do the work in the classroom they aren’t going to be able to achieve their dream of playing college basketball[...]

By: Scott Burgess

Recruiting Series Part 5: Character

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  One of the biggest aspects of the evaluation process for coaches is off the court character.  We dive into a few key parts of that.

When talking to coaches about prospects, obviously a big part of what they want to know is the on the court ability.  Just as important, though, is the questions they ask about off the court character.  With 800+ transfers, coaches want to know not only[...]

By: Scott Burgess

Recruiting Series Part 4: Social Media

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  In the latest edition of the series we dive into the world of social media and how to use it to help you and how to avoid it harming you.

The world has changed and a big part is social media.  Social media includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and all other mediums that connect people.  It can be a great tool for recruits to see what is going on in[...]

By: Scott Burgess

Recruiting Series Part 3: Do Not Lie

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  Today we look at this simple concept: DO NOT LIE!

As a recruiting analyst, I want to help get player’s names out there so they will get the recognition and hopefully the college attention they deserve.  I enjoy nothing more than seeing a student athlete nobody knew about sign with a college program and succeed.  Part of my job is discovering players, scouting them, and evaluating what level I think[...]

By: Scott Burgess

Recruiting Series Part 2: Knowing Your Level

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  Today we look at knowing what level prospect you are.  Many times the perception the prospect has and reality are two very different things.

One thing very apparent to me in covering recruiting over the years is every prospect playing on the circuit thinks they are a division one prospect.  In reality, most of them aren’t.  There is nothing wrong with that being your dream, but as your career moves[...]

By: Scott Burgess

Recruiting Series Part 1: Choosing a Travel Team

In this series “Recruiting Tips” we will dive into a different issue in each story that deals with recruiting and can help guide the prospect through the world of recruiting.  Today we look at picking a grassroots team.

Selecting a grassroots or travel team during the spring and summer is one of the most crucial choices a prospect and their family can make when it comes to the success of their recruitment.  There are many different factors to consider.  Everyone wants to play on the “shoe company” teams.  Those teams select the elite players in the state to play on[...]

By: Scott Burgess

When the Ball Stops Bouncing

Eight Life Lessons Learned in the Gym

Basketball has been a cornerstone of my life since earlier than I can remember. Whether it was stealing a key to let down the hoops in my high school gym (Sorry Mr. Janke) or shooting in the middle of the night with the illumination of my mom’s 1998 Tahoe in the backyard, almost every significant memory of my youth involves a ball and a hoop. This sport has acted as a source of solace, friendship, laughter, pain, fear, and joy. Little did I know at the time, my experiences on the court have largely[...]

By: Nick Carroll

When is specialization not so “special”?

In the ultra competitive world of prep sports, it has become increasingly difficult for young athletes to participate in more than one extra curricular activity competitively. Whether it is off-season training, leagues, camps, showcases, or combines, virtually every major sport has opportunities to gain a “competitive edge” every month of the year. We now see ad campaigns plastered with the notion of “No Off-Season” and “No Days-Off”. While I am a huge proponent of sharpening your craft every day, I’ve spent some time digging deeper into this concept of extreme specialization, its benefits, and its detriments.

Pros

Mastery

Any time[...]

By: Nick Carroll

Family Guide to Selecting a Grassroots Program

The intent of this post is to give families at all levels a brief road map for the information that is most critical to picking a team that will offer the most value for your personal situation.

My experience with grassroots basketball includes 4 years as a head coach in Non-Shoe Sponsored programs, and 3 years as a head coach in Shoe Sponsored programs. This does not make me an expert, but it does offer a diverse opinion for players at all levels.

Here are the areas that need to be addressed for all families planning to participate in grassroots (a.k.a. AAU) basketball.

Program Goal

This[...]

By: Prep Hoops Staff

How Early is Too Early to Begin Recruiting?

What age is a player is deemed to be a “recruit”? Currently, NCAA college coaches are not allowed to directly contact a prospect until June 1 entering their junior year in high school. In reality, the recruiting process begins much, much earlier than that. Whether it is through mail to the prospect’s school, communication through school/summer coaches, recruits attending college games or colleges attending recruits’ games, there are plenty of methods to kick start the recruiting process far before college programs can contact recruits directly. College coaches are unable to contact families directly before that date, so many times you will see[...]

By: Prep Hoops Staff