Finding the Right Fit

Find the right fit in colleges is one of the most important aspects of your college recruiting process. Keep reading below to learn more.

Player Development

I firmly believe that players win games and the team with the best players will win at least 80% of the games.

I recall a game that I coached recently that, in my mind, proves this point. We recently played a game against the best team in our conference. They had not lost a conference game in over three years. Their roster was (and still is loaded) with future college players. They had a Power 5 kid who had offers from essentially every major program as an 8th grader. And was one of the top 3-5 players in the state. They were typically up 25-30 points going into half-time.

We had, what I thought, was a great plan going into that game. We were determined that she was not going to beat us. We put our best defender her on, assigned a spy to stay on her half of the court, and played a triangle zone behind it.

It was a good plan. And our kids executed it near flawlessly. She only scored 10 points that game. We were down 2 at the end of the first, and down 11 at half-time. We hung with them for 2.5 quarters. But we ended up losing by 25. That was probably the best game we played all year – at least through 2.5 quarters. But in the end, we just couldn’t keep up with them. They had too many good players for us to handle.

The point of this story? The team with the best players will win the game most of the time. So as the coach you better work really hard on building a great PeeWee and Junior High program that focuses on developing fundamental basketball players.

Finding the Right Fit Includes:

Spirituality, Faith and Religion – does the Coach, program and school fit within your spiritual, religious, moral code or overall value system? This is important, especially for someone who’s coming from a religious or faith-based home. If you’re constantly around people who don’t fit your values then you will struggle to fit in and be happy.

Academically – does the school offer the major(s) you’re interested in pursuing? And does the school have a strongĀ  reputation among employers in your field? Do you get the feeling that the Coach pushes academics? What’s the team gpa? Anything below a 3.0 is probably a red flag.

Socially – do you “jive” with the other girls on the team? Do you “connect” with the Coaching staff? College athletics is nearly a full-time job. And for better or worse you’ll be spending a lot of time with the Coaches and especially the girls on your time. At a minimum, you better be able to sit in the same room with them for a couple of hours.

Geographically – how far away from home are you comfortable going? That first year away is tough. Don’t discount how important distance is being away from your family. Some kids do great being 7+ hours away. Others need to be able to get home within 5 hours or so. And then there are other that want to be able to get home in about 2-3 hours. Give this sincere, honest thought before making any decisions.

Athletically – unless you’re a major D1 player with real aspirations of playing professionally, the type of offense or defense a team runs should really be the least important factor when selecting a school. And if it happens to be the case that UCONN is offering you as a Sophomore, then you’re really set anyway. This factor should be at the bottom of your list of importance. *Here’s a side note: if it’s really important to you that a team plays a certain way (for example, like pushing the ball at all times) then that’s probably an indicator that you’re not a well-rounded player and have some stuff to be working on.