The first thing that will catch most every coach’s eye is talent. Simply put, you got game? Here are various aspects of what talent means to a college coach:
Pure athletic ability:
Height, weight and size
Timing and anticipation skills
Natural speed, power, balance & agility and strength base
Sports skill (aka “basketball IQ”):
Offensive skills…ability to: shoot & score, dribble, pass, set teammates up to score, ability to move without the ball, offensive rebounding skill, ability to score in transition
Defensive skills…ability to: defend on and off the ball, understanding opponent patterns and use counter-moves, ability to defend and stop a smaller/quicker or bigger/stronger opponent, defensive rebounding skill, ability to defend in transition
Number of positions played:
How many different positions can you play???
Only a post player?
Only a perimeter player?
Are you a “tweener” (too small to play inside but too big for the perimeter)
Are you able to learn a new position?