Understanding your strengths and weaknesses is a key to standing out during the recruiting process.High schools and colleges typically have a style of play or team philosophy. Some teams want to push the ball and look for a lay-up as their first option, while others prefer to slow it down and run a half-court offense. On defense, some teams press full court and try to create turnovers and opportunities for quick scores. Others sprint back into a 2-3 zone, forcing opponents to set up and run their offense.
Are you a player who prefers to slow it down and use your skills to run the offense? Do you prefer to play straight up half-court man-to-man or half-court zone defense? Or, do you like to press full court, trap and push the ball on offense?
Preparing to play different styles will make you more marketable to college programs, but not every player can do this. Some players are extremely athletic, and their strength is pushing the ball in the open court, where they can demonstrate their ability to run, jump and score close to the basket. Other, slower players need to rely on playing the angles on defense and anticipating. On offense, a slower player may need to use more screens to get open to shoot and become great at pulling up for a jumper.
They key is to figure out what type of player you are and to put yourself in situations that showcase your talents. Choose a team that will allow you to exhibit your strengths during games and a coach who will help you cure your weaknesses during practice.
There are many different types of players. What makes you stand out? What weakness should you work on in the gym late at night?
Everyone needs consistent work on their weaknesses, but not while showcasing in front of college coaches. If your footwork is slow, you should be doing ladders and foot speed drills. If you are athletic but struggle with dribbling and shooting, you should be working on those skills on the court.
We see lots of players trying to do more than they can on the court. Play within yourself. Don’t try to do more than you’re capable of. Showcase the things you do well and work privately on the things you don’t do well. Confidence in the things you do well on the court will stand out, and that’s how coaches will remember you and get interested.
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