College scholarships. Seems to be a topic that a lot of parents talk about, but quite frankly, a topic that few parents have any knowledge about. First of all, let me say this- your son or daughter is not going to get a college basketball scholarship. I tealize that is a bold statement and it may be a little harsh, especially since I don't even know who is reading this article. If I'm wrong I will gladly apologize, but understand this- only 2.5% of high school basketball players in the country get an athletic scholarship. And furthermore, out of the 2.5% even fewer are "full rides." So, if your sole reason for pushing your kid in athletics is to gain a college scholarship, then I think you are doing your child a disservice. The odds just don't add up. Did you know that if you put your money down on a single number on a casino roulette table that you have a 38 to 1 chance of hitting that number? That is a 2.63% chance of winning the bet.... that is a higher percentage than the chance that your child is going to get a basketball scholarship.
I am not saying that getting a college scholarship shouldn't be a goal. I have coached a lof of players with that same goal. My own kids have that goal. What I am saying is that if a college scholarship is the goal, then the work ethic better match the goal. But that is a topic for another day. What I want to leave you with are some words from Rick Bolus. Rick has been a scout and the publisher of a basketball scouting service since 1973. Without a doubt he is an expert on this subject. Below are some of his toughts and reccomendations for high school player who are looking for a basketball scholarship.
RECRUITING TIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDBALLERS
There are over 2,000 colleges nationwide that play basketball. NCAA Division I have about 320 teams. They have at least 13 full scholarships while NCAA Division II have at least 11 full scholarships. NCAA Division III is based on financial needs. Please note that there are no 4 year scholarships as they are now one year renewable. NAIA and junior colleges run the full gamut from full scholarships to no financial help at all. Around 2.5% of high school basketball players receive athletic scholarships.
Below are some recruiting tips to assist you in the event that you aren't being recruited by the end of your junior year.
1. Contact several colleges that meet your academic and athletic needs. Be realistic as avoid schools that would throw your letter in the wastebasket.
2. Either call the school or do an internet search to find out the name of the coach so you can personalize your letter. Directories are often out of date.
3. Write a letter to the coach detailing your academic and basketball prowess. Send along a few game tapes along with a team schedule for your upcoming season. Highlight tapes are less valuable as almost anyone can make a tape that makes he or she look great.
4. Your high school coach can be an important asset in this process so it is important that the two of you have a good relationship.
5. Either at the end of your junior year or the start of your senior year would be the time to begin this process. Should you do this at the end of your junior year, make coaches aware of what camps and AAU events that you'll be attending during the summer in order for them to scout you.
Smaller colleges have limited recruiting budgets and letters like yours are often the lifeblood of their recruiting. You probably will be pleasantly surprised by the response you receive if you are realistic in the schools you contact.
When it comes time to choose a college, get advice from those you respect (i.e. coaches, parents and former players). Take all of their expertise to heart; however, when it is decision time, make sure it is you making the call.
If you are being recruited, these are the keys to consider: Academics, location, campus, arena, chance to play early, schedule, opportunity to sign early and most important, the coach. There is a 50-50 chance that the coach will not be there when one is a senior as nearly 25% of D-1 coaches change every year on the average.
Dates for our second annual basketball fund raiser have been set. I can now definitively tell everyone that we will be taking orders from September 22nd- October 3rd.
Last year's fundraiser was a huge success. We were able to help fund many of the extra leagues and tournments in which our teams participate throughout the off season. We had kids from the 6th grade through the varsity benifit from last year's laundry detergent sales. It itsn't very often that we are able to sell an item in a fundraiser that every body wants! The fact that you an save money, make fewer trips to the store, and help the basketball team in the process is a "win-win" propostion for everyone involved. Please spread the word as we will only be placing one order this year. I don't want anybody to miss out on a great deal!
It has been quite some time since I have had the chance to report on the happenings in and around Covington Basketball. Quite honestly the month of July was a blur for me and August has been more of the same.
We have been back at school for three weeks now and things seem to be running smoothly so far. Our students all received Chromebooks this year, so there has been an adjustment period for them, but so far the new technology seems to be working very well. This has been the smoothest starts to a school year that I can remember (knock on wood). Hopefully this is a sign of good things to come.
Our guys had a very busy and productive month of June. We played in a tournament every weekend, and Monday-Friday we had practice, skill workouts, or strength training. It really was a grueling month, but our players were committed and brought energy and passion to the gym every day. I was really pleased with how much our team progressed.
July is a very busy month for basketball as well, but in a different way. I don’t typically schedule games for our team during this month. Many of our guys play on “AAU Teams” and Coach Brown likes to do quite a bit of 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 scrimmages in July. I think it works best for everybody if we schedule our games in June and let Football schedule their games in July. We still conducted morning skill development workouts and our guys continued to participate in our school-wide strength and conditioning program. As for me, I ran those workouts when I was in town, but I spent a lot of time on the road following my daughter, my son, and our high school players play for their AAU teams. (During one stretch of July Avery played 16 games in 8 days in three different cities.) I also had the opportunity to watch Jordan Ahrens and Chandler Spring participate in the IBCA Top 100 workout in Indianapolis. A special thank you to Travis Brown, Troy Bever, and Chad Tanner for covering for me when I couldn’t be there.
I have been just as busy in August as I was in June and July. Our family put off our family vacation until the first week of the month so that it wouldn’t interfere with the many basketball activities we had scheduled throughout the summer. That worked out well, but we went pretty much from vacation to right back to school. It was a whirlwind of a summer for me, but it was really productive.
As most of you have already heard, we did get two move-ins who happen to be really good basketball players. Bryce and Luke Cooper (formerly of Attica) moved to town in late June. They have been cleared by the IHSAA and have full eligibility. They seem to be adjusting well to life in Covington and they already are developing a chemistry with their new teammates.
We head to Eastern Illinois University on Friday to play 3 games. The schedule is listed below. All times are "Illinois Times."
Game One (1 pm)- Covington vs. Carbondale High School (IL)
Carbondale HS is a school of 1100 students. They have a very solid basketball program. Last year they went 23-4 and won the South Seven Conference Championship. In 2012-13 they finished 23-11.
Game Two (4 pm)- Cape Central High School(MO)
Cape Central HS won their district championship last year in class 4A (5 classes in MO). They return 3 starters and look to be big and athletic. It should be another big challenge for our team.
Game Three (6 pm)- Mendota High School (IL)
It was a little harder to find information on Mendota, but they did finish 19-10 last year. Theyhave 620 students in the high school.