Basketball Highlight Video Guidelines

A well-made recruiting video is essential for high school basketball players who are trying to earn basketball scholarships.Most college hoops coaches don’t have the time to travel and see hundreds of basketball recruits in person. That’s why a highlight video is a key component of your online resume.It takes just a few minutes for a good recruiting video to show coaches what a high school basketball recruit can do on the court.For your highlight video to be effective, you need to know exactly what basketball coaches are looking for. Each sport is different when it comes to recruiting videos. NCSA knows what basketball coaches want to see. For example, a basketball highlight video should use 20 to 40 clips from game footage only. Those clips should illustrate a wide range of ability on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court.If you follow NCSA’s guidelines and create a high-quality basketball recruiting video, you’re taking the first step toward earning a basketball scholarship.


How to Film:

  • Game footage only. 

  • Generally one to two games is sufficient, but if you are not able to log 40 worthy plays you may send additional games.

  • Choose games against your best competition (HS Varsity and/or AAU/Club)

  • Focus the camera from mid-court while making sure the student-athlete is easily recognizable.

  • A tripod is highly recommended. 

  • The camera view should not be obstructed (crowd, other players on the court, people walking by). 

  • Do not zoom in and out. 

  • Focus on the player being taped so that they are clear and in focus, but not too close! 


Post Players should log:

  • Shooting Ability (Range)

  • Quickness

  • Ability to Finish around the rim

  • Rebounding

  • Athleticism and Basketball Awareness

  • Shot Blocking Ability

  • Footwork


Perimeter Players should log:

  • Scoring Ability

  • Shooting Ability (Range)

  • Quickness

  • Ability to Penetrate and Finish at the Rim

  • Ball Handling

  • Athleticism and Basketball Awareness

  • Court Vision


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