Top Coaches What They Look For When Recruiting A Player

We Asked 11 Of The Top Coaches What They Look For When Recruiting A Player…Here’s What They Said

Summer is the most important recruiting period, and so I wanted to share with you what top coaches look for when they recruit a player…

The coaches answered based on what recruiters look for in a player for college and pro levels.

And the three biggest characteristics are:

  1. Consistency
  2. Commitment
  3. Coachability 

(Assuming the player has the skills, athleticism and competency)

Let’s look at each one…


A lot of players struggle with consistency – especially in their shot and on-court performance.

The fastest, most predictable way to become more consistent is…

Get more reps.

Want a better shot? Perfect your shooting form by getting in the reps.

Want to perform more consistently? Find your weaknesses by watching films and turn weaknesses into strengths with more repetition.

This is a physical problem, and can be solved using Physical Player Development solutions.

Repetition is the Mother of Success.

And GRIT is the Faster of Success, which leads to:


Not just a commitment to basketball… Or showing up to practice.

But a commitment to doing what’s required to become the best player they’re capable of becoming.

When a kid goes from playing at high school to college, it’s a HUGE step up.

Athletes in the NCAA have several hours of practice per week on top of their school work. They need to be responsible, disciplined and have the work ethic to stay on top of both.

A lot of coaches at the higher levels understand this concept:

An average player who works hard is better than a talented player who doesn’t put in the time.

Simply put…

The more time a player invests into smart training, the better they become.

And they need a high dose of self-motivation to commit to the process.

Having a strong work ethic, discipline and drive to commit is all about Mental Player Development.


You can be talented and self-motivated, but no top coach wants a player who doesn’t listen on their team… Which is why coachability is the next factor.


A coachable player listens, accepts feedback and does what’s expected of them.

They play as a selfish teammate and are always willing to do what’s best for the team rather than themselves.

They want to be coached and want to be taught.

They’re willing to set their egos aside, are humble about the game and have a thirst for knowledge.

Coachability is more difficult to teach players.

Often, they either have it or they don’t.

But you can encourage a young athlete to develop a hunger for knowledge and to always acknowledge there’s always something else to learn.

Making a player more coachable is Emotional Player Development.

Keep Getting After It


Want us to help you with this?

Here are 3 ways.

#1 If you don’t already have the Full Curriculum, we have an entire program dedicated to shooting consistency called Shooting School.

This is just one of ten programs inside the Full Curriculum that’s arranged into 13 levels based on the age and ability of a player.

We’ve also recently added an assessment tool for any player, parent or coach to accurately assess the level of their athlete.

So you always know what to work on next.

If you’re interested, you can get in here


#2 If you’d like a more personal experience, I’d like to invite players to join the same mentorship program as Paul and Ryan so you can become our next big success story.

Book a call with our team to see how we can help on the page below:

Player/Parents go here

#3 If you’re a coach and would like us to work with you so you can get results like Paul and Ryan, I’d like to invite you to book a call to see how we can help you on the page below:

Coach go here

Keep Getting After It


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