By. Jameille Williams
Staff Writer for ITrainedU
We have discussed how you can obtain a scholarship through iTrainedU and how to determine at what level you should play. Now we are going to talk about choosing the right school for you. Outside of basketball, you need to choose a school where you feel comfortable. You may feel comfortable with the coaching staff as well as your future teammates, but you have to enjoy the campus atmosphere. Sometimes players go to a school strictly because they were recruited there and end up transferring because they didn’t like the campus atmosphere. When it comes time to commit knowing the roster of the school is important. Knowing how many players are at your position(s) is key to making a decision. For instance, say you want to go to a particular school and you are a point guard. The starting PG at this school is a senior and so is the reserve, but there is a junior PG who could possibly have the starting spot. This isn’t a bad situation for three reasons. 1) You only have to challenge him as well as another freshman for the spot, 2) You can learn under someone who has been playing on the team longer and 3) You only have one year to be a reserve player.
1) You only have to challenge him as well as another freshman for the spot.
Unfortunately, most college recruiting websites and blogs only cover Division I recruiting. If you are being recruited by Division I schools, you will be able to see who else is being recruited by your school. You should check how many people are playing the same position as yourself. If you aren’t being recruited by Division I schools, it is not easy to find this information. However, once you have chosen the right school and are on campus you will find this information. Typically there are at 2 freshman per position needed. Once practice begins you will be able to see where you will be in the rotation. Though they are your teammates you will still have to compete for a spot and minutes.
2) You can learn under someone who has been playing on the team longer.
Playing behind someone who has been on the team longer isn’t a bad thing. This person will have more knowledge of the offense and the coach’s philosophy but also can help with your transition. Asking that player questions will help, plus you can see exactly how the game is played.
3) You only have one year to be a reserve player.
You only have one year to backup your teammate. Getting solid reps your freshman year will help you prepare for your sophomore season. But in order for this to work out you have to choose a school where this is possible. Something to keep in mind is that you will still have to compete with your fellow freshman teammate as well as any player that might join the team as a transfer student.
We have given you many factors to take into account when it comes to your recruitment. Now it’s time for you to take this information and use it to your advantage. The Choice Is Yours.