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April 16, 2015
Raising your stock during the Live Period
Hundreds of New York kids are embarking on multiple camps and showcases throughout the US during the live periods in an effort to impress college coaches and recruiters/scouting services.
The idea is to increase their stock but many student-athletes make critical mistakes in their quest to impress.
The most common mistake, I see when I am scouting student-athletes is watching them playing out of position. Here are the bottom lines when it comes to a player's position on the court as it relates to what impresses and what doesn't.
While it feels great to score a lot of points and you may think that's impressive, there are certain circumstances where scoring a lot may have the opposite effect.
Forwards & Centers
Because guards control the ball most of the time, forwards tend to fall into the trap of trying to act like guards when they get frustrated due to lack of touches. The definition of an accident waiting to happen is a forward or center trying to go coast-to-coast (unless you're a wing). The bottom line for forwards is do what you do. If you're a shot blocker, be the best shot blocker. If you're a forward/wing, show your inside out game. Don't try anything new, stick to your game and what you know.
Overall remember your position on the court is really not determined by the position you want to play but more so by the position you are able to defend against. A 5'11 shooting guard will probably have a hard time defending the opponent's Division I 6'4" point guard and a 6'5" power forward will probably get run over by the other DI team's 6'9" power forward. If you're that substantially shorter guy trying to play up, know that a Division I scholarship will not only be an uphill battle but one in which you are also wearing lead boots. In this case, a DII scholarship is a more realistic expectation.?
Playing both ends of the court
Be the cure, not the disease:
If you are serious about getting a college scholarship, at the end of the day, you have to have the grades. You are wasting a coach's time if your grades can't get you in the school. Make a commitment from today forward to hit the books and hit them hard. If the choice is between you with poor grades and another player who's almost as good as you but has good grades, you will lose. If you are not willing to put in the work to qualify, no matter how many high DI offers you brag about and how many stories are written about you, the reality is you will be going JUCO when its all said an done. If the light bulb finally goes off while in JUCO and you make it to DI you will have substantially fewer years to make your mark. Don't make an uphill battle steeper than it already is. Screw the light bulb in NOW
For many players, you've already been seen by college coaches and they may have already formed an opinion, negative, positive or undecided. If your game has flaws or deficiencies, they are looking to see improvement. If you've worked on those flaws and deficiencies, show and prove. If you've been doing the things I said not to do throughout this article, make a drastic change starting today. If there are parts of your game that will take practice to improve, practice them during your down time and get better if not the best at it.
Now go get it and good luck with it.
New York NEWS