Recruiting Checklist

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I was asked in an email this weekend to give a checklist I look for when recruiting.  First, let me say as a Division III coach, recruiting is much different because we do not have athletic scholarships for our recruits.  With that being said, we most likely have the same basic ideas when determining if a potential recruit is a good fit for our team.  As a program, our philosophy is to get the best possible players for our program while making sure that they are a good fit on our team and in our school.  Below is the checklist I have come up with:

  1. Skill level is first attraction
  2. Fit for our system and style of play
  3. Character of the player
  4. Are they winners or are they willing to sacrifice to learn how to win
  5. Academics – is our school a good fit for what they hope to accomplish with their degree
  6. Athleticism – Athletes can be developed into productive players especially on the defensive end of the floor
  7. Dedication – our program isn’t for everyone; do they have what it takes?  We aren’t allowed to have offseason workouts; will the players put the work in themselves?
  8. Versatility – can they do more than just shoot; play multiple positions
  9. Do they come from winning programs? – players who come from winning programs do not need to learn how to win; they expect it
  10. Measurements – not a huge factor at our level, but if you’re going to win these need to be taken into account especially for your wing and post players
  11.  Are they coachable?

This is a very basic list and obviously this process can go into much more depth.  For instance, you may have noticed that I didn’t mention defense at all in my checklist.  My thoughts on that at the Division III level, is that every defensive system is going to be different.  If they are athletic enough and have the offensive skill set we are looking for then the player will learn to play defense within our system.  Defense is all about effort, if the player wants to get on the floor, they will learn our system and give the effort.  I am sure there are many other things people may have questions about so please let me know what you think of the list and what you think may be missing.

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