Quick Guide to Earning a College Basketball Scholarship
Written By: Lamar Hull
Earning a basketball scholarship from a top university is always a difficult task, but it is one that can be accomplished with the right combination of talent, hard work, dedication, determination and intelligence. Without the talent and affection for basketball, it is impossible for a player to reach the level required to obtain a college basketball scholarship. Most division one, two or three schools have excellent basketball teams, where they look to recruit the best players to improve their team and basketball program.
The first step towards getting a basketball scholarship is to improve your game. Even if you have been playing basketball all your life, there are bound to be aspects to your game that could use a bit of work. Speak to your coaches and get their advice on how to go about improving. You might have to put in extra hours at the gym, or engage in some one-on-one sessions with coaches/teammates. This extra effort is often the difference between good players and potentially great ones.
Do not underestimate the importance of coaches in your progression as a basketball player. Too many young kids think that they know what it takes to be the best, which leads to them ignoring their coach’s advice. Do not make that mistake. If your coach notices something in your game that needs improvement, take their advice immediately. It is often easier for an observer to assess your game, instead of you finding out your weaknesses. As a youngster, I was one of those kids who thought they knew it all and I found out the hard way. My peers helped boost my ego. I thought I could shoot, but really couldn’t shoot under extreme amounts of pressure. My high school coach was telling me about this weakness for months and I just wouldn’t listen. I thought if I concentrated harder that I would overcome this challenge. That was part of the issue. You have to be coachable so college coaches can depend on you to help their team.