You clipped together the perfect highlight tape: the half-court buzzer beater, the flashy handles, the rim-rattling dunks... a nice beat to tie it all together. Excitedly, you want to share these highlight clips with college basketball coaches, hoping to gain their attention and raise their interest in potentially recruiting you.
Although highlight clips might be nice on surface level, they fail to address many key factors that virtually all college basketball coaches consider when deciding to initiate the recruiting process with a student-athlete. As a result, most college basketball coaches desire to see full games rather than highlight clips. If you send highlight clips to a college basketball coach, always offer to send or include a link to a video of a full-game; this will increase your chances of getting recruited and earning an athletic scholarship!
Here are four player traits that highlight clips DO NOT show...but all college basketball coaches evaluate when recruiting:
College basketball coaches want to see how coachable you are. Throughout a student-athlete’s college career, he or she will receive coaching in various forms including: athletic coaching, strength & conditioning coaching, and academic coaching. Each coach wants you to succeed and become the most optimal version of yourself, both on and off the court. Common questions college basketball coaches might ask include:
- “Does the player make eye contact with the coach or looks elsewhere when the coach is giving instruction?”
- “Is the player receptive to criticism during the heat of a game when a coach is not only trying to make the player better, but also trying to win a game?”
- “Does the player always attempt to argue with refs over calls & non-calls or does the player attempt to communicate with refs in a tactful manner?”
The more coachable you are in the eyes of college basketball coaches, the higher your chance of getting recruited and receiving a scholarship offer!
Ask Yourself: “Am I coachable?! How do I demonstrate to college coaches that I am coachable?”
Over the course of a game, players make lots of quick decisions. A single play or a series of consecutive plays in a given moment can drastically change the trajectory of a game. Highlight clips do not show your Game IQ. College basketball coaches want to see that you not only have the physical ability and skill-set to play the game, but also the mental awareness & Game IQ to effectively think the game and understand when to make crucial plays. This is especially prevalent in “Time-And-Score” situations. Questions college basketball coaches might ask include:
- - “Does the player know and understand the role of his or her teammates within the team?”
- “Can the player think and make strategic plays in advance?”
Sending full-game film will allow the college basketball coaches to evaluate your Game IQ and increase your chances of being recruited!
Ask Yourself: “How much time do I spend increasing and sharpening my Game IQ?”
Most highlight reels are filled with...well, highlights: three pointers made, pin-point passes, authoritative blocks into the stands. Very rarely do highlight clips show student-athletes making hustle plays such as: taking charges, setting screens, or diving on the floor for loose balls. Hustle plays can shift the momentum of a game and raise the energy level of a team. What’s special about hustle plays is that it takes ZERO amount of talent; yet, few student-athletes are truly 110