If you are interested in helping your high school level daughter or son get noticed by colleges for their athletic ability then you must take action. Know this there are literally thousands of students who have the skills and the ability to play basketball and play it well. Perhaps your son or daughter played AAU basketball, or earlier played CYO or attended many prestigious basketball camps. Those experiences no doubt served to make them better and moved them further along in their athletic skills.
One thing you should know basketball recruiting is a business and it can be shady most of the time and it can be political. Some high school coaches hold the power to hold your son or daughter back or the have the power to promote them. That is the main reason why you should be very careful what high school your child elects to attend. I write this article from personal experience. My son staked his high school career on landing a scholarship and I tried my best to help him.
My son went the CYO route and played in the 5th, 6th and 7th grade. Even at this level a wanna be coach held my son back, at the 7th grade level. After my son progressed nicely in the CYO program up until that point, suddenly he did not get the playing time he needed to succeed. I pulled him out of the program and he played basketball at the middle school, where he did get playing time and recognition.
Participating in the CYO program did get him immediate recognition in the 5th grade from a Catholic High School. After his 5th grade season was completed, my son was invited to attend a basketball camp at McQuaid Jesuit High School in Rochester, New York. McQuaid was a well established program and at the time was known as a school that produced many star players, who often received scholarships to colleges.
My son’s CYO coach recommended him to the McQuaid coach at the time and we decided to enroll my son in the camp. It was a great experience, he attended the camp for three years, and got tremendous recognition from the Head Coach. He was actually recruited to attend the school before the start of the 9th grade.
My son played four years of basketball for McQuaid. He lived and breathed basketball and had aspirations to move on to the next level. Playing basketball at McQuaid was not a good experience for him, primarily because he did not receive the playing time he deserved, because of the highly political atmosphere that existed there. Because it was a private school, many parents paid a lot of money through tuition and through donations and the coach was more than obligated to give playing their sons, even when they clearly did not have the talent needed to compete on the high school level.
Because of this my son was relegated to eight , ninth or tenth man off the bench. Or he was forced to play out of position. Playing a four spot, when he was actually a one or two. The coach orchestrated this in order to give playing time to undeserving players.
It was a rewarding experience academically, because my son took away tremendous skills that served him well later in life he currently holds a Masters Degree in History, all because of the education he received at McQuaid. What we took away from this experience are a few things.
1.) Encourage your child to play basketball; It can be a rewarding game. You must however keep everything in perspective. There are no guarantees that your son or daughter will be good enough to receive a scholarship.
2.) Keep it all in perspective. Education should be the main objective; not the pipe dream of receiving a college scholarship.
3.) Make sure your child is attending the right school from an academic perspective.
4.) Know that the odds of your child receiving a scholarship to play basketball at the next level are extremely slim. Encourage them; but prepare them for the reality that basketball dreams will some day come to and end.