Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Why You are not being Recruited by Patosha Jeffery

I've been reflecting on conversations I have had with coaches, players and parents and on situations I've seen senior players be in. As late as August, I was still being contacted by college coaches looking for players for this school year. To be honest, there really is not an excuse for players that want to play basketball on the collegiate level to not have an opportunity to play. However, basketball scholarship offers do not just fall in your lap even if you are good. An average well known player has a greater chance of getting a scholarship offer over a great unknown player. Think about it.

Are you putting yourself in position to get a basketball scholarship? With the advancement of the Internet and the explosion of exposure events (camps, tournaments, leagues), there is no excuse.

Does it take work on the players and parents part? Yes. Does it require money? Possibly. Does it require time? Yes. Is it worth it? Well you tell me. Would it be worth sacrificing a couple of weekends during the spring, summer and fall or a few extra hundreds of dollars for a 'FREE' $25,000-$50,000 or more college education? Take it from me and my parents. My parents did not have to put $1 into my college education.

Players also really need to evaluate what level of player they are. Everyone is not a Tennessee, Connecticut, or Stanford type of player. There are other divisions of basketball other than who you see playing on ESPN. For example, Union University which is currently a NAIA school and right up the road in Jackson, TN. They have won 5 National NAIA Championships with 4 in the past 6 years. It is also ok to attend a Junior College especially if you need to get your grades in order or want to continue your basketball career at the next level.

There is no one way to get a basketball scholarship. But the main way---is to be known. People, meaning college coaches or individuals that college coaches use as resources, have to know who you are and your abilities as a player.

I am a product of Memphis. An alumni of Newberry Elementary, Sherwood Junior High School, Hamilton High School and the University of Memphis. I bleed Memphis Girls Basketball. That is why I created an online venue, MemphisGirlsBasketball.com, to document our players in this area. That is why I host exposure events, like the Fall Exposure League and Pre-Season Show Off Camp, to provide a venue in the area where I can evaluate players and other scouts and college coaches can also. Giving all levels of players an opportunity to display their skills and an opportunity to obtain a scholarship.

“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.”
-Michael Jordan

If you are interested in learning different ways to get a college coach to notice you and to get recruited, visit GirlsBasketballRecruiting.com

If you are interested in participating in the Fall Exposure League or Pre-Season Show Off Camp, visit GirlsBasketballExposure.com

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