7 things college coaches hate when recruiting players.🧵👇
1. Allergic to defense

Some things fluctuate game to game & college coaches understand this.

But effort, communication & pride defensively aren’t on that list.

Actually, taking pride in defense will get you noticed & could be a separator when compared to your competition.
2. Bad teammate, un-coachable, poor body language

“Your words talk to me, your actions scream at me.”

There's lots of good players out there & most coaches will move on to the next one when they see you sulk, yell at teammates, or roll your eyes when getting coached.
3. No attention to detail

• Spelling a coaches name wrong when writing back to them.

• Putting the wrong school name in your email.

• Ignoring text messages & missing deadlines.

All big No-no's when it comes to being recruited.
Coaches get to know you during the recruiting process.

If you show them lack of attention to detail, they assume it's what they can expect from you as a player in their program.
Coaches don’t want players who are high maintenance, miss deadlines, and don’t communicate.

It causes them more work and headache.

And on court, they anticipate you'll be a player they can't rely on to execute the little details in big moments.
4. ISO Ball

College teams rarely ISO for 1 girl or guy. Coaches want to see if you know how to play.

If you're at an AAU event & over dribble, are selfish & take bad shots — it's a red flag.

Be aggressive, make plays, make shots.

But also, share the ball & create for others.
5. Getting ghosted

Coaches invest months into recruiting & building relationships.

Then, instead of having a conversation or sending a message to tell them you're going elsewhere, you simply stop responding.

Remember, coaches are friends with coaches & reputation travels.
6.“Hey coach, actually I am interested.”

Coaches hate when recruits brush them off because the school, “isn’t a high enough level.”

And then a few months later, that player reaches back out because they didn’t get any other offers.

Keep your options open…
7. Helicopter Parents

When a college coach sees a parent coaching from the stands or complaining about the coaches, they assume that will keep happening for the next four years.

As surprising as it seems, helicopter parents stunt recruitment more than you think.
One college coach told us,

“We want players who can stand on their own two feet and who've been empowered to do that by their parents.

If we see the parents fighting all their battles in high school, we assume that hasn’t happened.”
Another coach said,

“I hate when the parents talk over their kid the entire recruiting visit.

It's a pet peeve of mine because we need to know what the player thinks and wants."
"We also want to feel confident we won’t be dealing with the parents for the next four years, but the player.

College is about each player growing into their own person.

The helicopter parents disrupt this.”
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1. Don't be allergic to defense.
2. Poor body language won't get you far.
3. Attention to detail matters.
4. Avoid ISO ball.
5. Don't Ghost coaches.
6. Keep your options open.
7. Helicopter parents don't help.

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