Evaluation Period Ended:Time to close the Deal

Special to Greensborosports.com:

The Summer Evaluation Basketball period ended as of July 31 as far as respective
colleges go for potential prospects. Coaches have been very busy since the Spring in
sizing up on what student-athletes that they would like to pursue into their
programs. Some players were fortunate to have verbaled early before the hectic July
events took place from around the country; Normally those are the schools top
choices or it is the players top choice among several. Coaches are now back at their
offices looking at their charts from top to bottom to formaulate a game plan as to
whom they are going to offer if they have not already. In Basketball terms, it is
called a “Depth Chart”. On that depth chart based on need they will have probably no
more than three players for that certain position. Keep in mind this is from a list
from all across the country. If by chance they cannot get the player that they want
early on, then the next player moves up if they have not
commited already. Top priority players are being set up for official visits which
simply means “paid for by the university”. Normally if you are a Top recruit for
their program and a visit is planned and one attends, that player is treated like
royalty. One gets to sleep in the nicest of hotels and gets to eat the best of
foods. A player gets 48 hours to be on that campus and the school wants to solidy
their offer. Schools do not invite potential student-athletes that they are
offering to participate in Fall events that are seniors for an evaluation. If it
does happens, it is normally because that student-athlete was not one of their top
choices and they want to keep that student-athlete in the mix just in case
something else falls through. If a student-athlete is fortunate to get an offer and
a visit and it offers the education, environment and locality that one likes, then
making a decision should not be hard. Most would agree that by making an
informed decision before your senior season starts can take a lot of pressure off
the student-athlete as well as their parents.

Understnding how offers work are also extremely important:

1.D1 offers means that student-athlete has qualified academically and everything is
paid for such as books, room & board, tutors meals etc…
2.D11 offers means that schools can put some packages together through financial
aide to accomodate and fulfill a scholarship for the athlete or that student athlete
did not qualify academically according to the DI guidelines for admission.
3.D111 offers mean that packages can be put together through financial aide in the
form of scholarships but they do not offer scholarships
4.Juco mean that many times a player could be but not etch in stone academically
inelgible as far as the criterion that is demanded by the NCAA rules committee.

So now is the time if you are a senior to be, to find out from prospective coaches
as to exactly where do you stand in the process if you have not already. Do not run
around blind in to thinking that it is going to just happen because some highschool
coach or AAU coach told you so. You must be proactive so that you can also do your
process of elimination. You have worked hard and if you believe that you can play at
the next level irregardless of what that level is and you have the academics,
production and character to go along with it, then it should happen versus wishful
thinking. Good luck this month and do not waste time.