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D3 Basketball - questions about the recruiting process

tonym99tonym99 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
edited August 2010 in Athletic Recruits
My son is going into senior year and is a basketball player looking to play D3 ball next year and I have a couple questions for the veterans of D3 recruiting process.

When do college coaches start really pursuing players?
How late during senior do coaches start recruiting?
Do coaches emerge during the season that you've not contacted before?
When are verbal offers typically made to the player?
How many people have been told by the D3 coach that he will get "merit" money for your kid if he comes?
Have D2 coaches started recruiting during your kid's senior year/season?

Thanks for this and any other recruiting info.
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Replies to: D3 Basketball - questions about the recruiting process

  • tonym99tonym99 Registered User Posts: 44 Junior Member
    Anybody out there with D3 basketball experiences they can share??
  • csdadcsdad Registered User Posts: 2,289 Senior Member
    When do college coaches start really pursuing players? Usually they already have a list of kids who've they seen play, etc.
    How late during senior do coaches start recruiting? Again usaully they've indentified kids before the senior season starts, but for players who've significantly improved from their junior year, they could become interested at any time.
    Do coaches emerge during the season that you've not contacted before? Yes if the player is playing very well.
    When are verbal offers typically made to the player? Really no such thing at DIII
    How many people have been told by the D3 coach that he will get "merit" money for your kid if he comes? I don't know many coaches who would do this....they may say they will try to get him a "financial aid package" but really can't promise anything
    Have D2 coaches started recruiting during your kid's senior year/season?
    If DIII coaches aren't already recruiting him then I highly doubt DII coaches would be interested.

    ....if no coaches have called your son you may want to get an honest opinion from a basketball caoch (his HS coach or any coach you know) if he could play at the college level. If no one recruits him he may want to look into DIII schools that have JV teams.
  • EMM1EMM1 Registered User Posts: 2,583 Senior Member
    First, I second the point about getting an honest, brutally frank assessment of your son's prospects. After that

    a) Have your son (not you) call the coaches at schools that are plausible in which he might have some interest. He should express his interest and let them know where he can be seen.

    b) Have him attend several showcase events in your area. You never know when he is going to have a good day!

    c) Tape EVERYTHING. Then, make tapes of actual game action (5-10 minute segments). Send them after alerting the coaches that they are coming.

    d) Coaches do cheat on merit money, but the best you're likely to hear is something like "well, I do talk to the admissions and financial aid people." (Preference for admission itself is more formal).

    e) Players do emerge during their senior years and move up and down the pecking order. But your son has to be seen for it to matter. See b) above.

    Good luck!
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