Recruiting Responsibility

This Basketball Player Shares The Most Important Part of Recruiting

student contemplates the most important part of recruiting

(Flickr – amnestystudent)

What do you think is the most important part of recruiting? The time you spend in practice? Or the effort you put in the classroom? Or how excitedly you open emails from coaches?

Hopefully not that last one.

the best part about being a part of NCSA Athletic Recruiting is helping a student-athlete successfully navigate their individual recruiting process and watching their life change as they commit to play their sport and get an education at the collegiate level.

Something else that’s really cool about what we do is hearing student-athletes who worked through the process offer tips and advice to those aspiring to do the same thing one day.

We recently rang the commitment bell at NCSA for a 2015 women’s basketball player, whose dream to play in college came true just a few days ago when she committed to a prestigious DIII school in her home state. This student-athlete took the time to share her recruiting story and to offer advice to those wanting to end up where she is today: getting a college degree–and her schooling paid for–through her love of basketball.

“My advice to those high school athletes who love their sport and want to play at the next level would be to become proactive in seeking the program you want. Do not wait for a coach to find you at a tournament, or there is a very good chance that you might still be waiting at the end of your senior year.”

I love that. Get proactive.

Like so many student-athletes with letters from schools and camp offers in the mail, it’s easy to think the thing to do is sit back and wait for the offers to roll in. But the reality is that it simply isn’t going to happen without putting some work in and taking your recruiting journey into your own hands.

Of course, even being proactive, you might still need help. Which is what we’re here for.

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.