When you are 6'1, the secret to college basketball recruiting is separating yourself
by Transition Hoops Report
To a certain extent, college recruiting comes down to one question. How well do you do your job compared to other prospects?
Stated another way, how do you separate yourself from other players? If you are 6'1, size will not separate you. 6'1 prospects are available everywhere. You need establish what you do great. What do you do better than anyone else?
What are you great at?
Being great is something that helps your team win games. Colleges hire coaches to win basketball games. Your great skill has to be something productive, even if it’s not flashy. It must help your team win games.
What level is your great?
The thing you do great must also translate to the college level. This one can be hard for some players to understand. For example, post up skills from a 6'1 player in high school doesn't translate to college. At that the college level, post players are going to be bigger and stronger than you. Those layups you are getting in high school aren’t going to happen in college. You need to also be great at something else on the court.
How does your great compare?
Finally, it is very likely that the thing that you do great is also something that other prospects do great. How does your great compare to their great? The better your great is will determine how much recruitment you get. A dominant deep range 3-point shooter will get more recruitment than a really good one.
Getting recruited comes down to separating yourself from the other players. Separate as many things as you can. Separate them as much as you can.
What can players be great at in college?
Here are some examples of things you can do great that can lead to a college scholarship at 6’1:
High percentage shooters. A high percentage shooter with a quick release are always in demand.
Elite athlete. Collegs will find a role for a player that can get by defender off the dribble. Elevating and finishing in the paint and setting up others is huge. So is being able to defend full court and create turnovers.
Incredible ball handler. If you can handle the ball and make great decisions under intense pressure you will find a roster spot.
Tough winners. Guys that are flat out tougher than everyone else will get a chance to play at the next level. Incredible work ethic goes a long way. This is the toughest sell in recruiting but coaches love tough kids with high motors.
Some players think that doing the flashy stuff (around the back passes, dunks, etc) is their ticket to a basketball scholarship. The truth is college coaches want production and consistency. They want to give you a job or role on their team that you are “great” at and they want that job done consistently so they can win games night in and night out.