What college coaches look for (part 6)

December 26, 2015



A player’s character is crucial as this reaches far beyond the court.  Remember, college coaches are not only looking for players to develop and compete with, they’re looking for young men/women to do business with.  Coaches will not risk their job security on players who will not keep their commitments as student-athletes.  Here are a few thoughts around character:


Work Ethic

This factor resonates with coaches and is a critical factor in helping the coach develop their trust that you will do the right things in a game.  Here are some thought questions/comments that a coach may have on work ethic.


  • How do you currently approach making yourself better?

    • Are you personally curious to find out how good you actually can become as a player?

    • Are you a student of the game?

    • Do you watch game film?  (of yourself and others)

    • Do you accept input from others?

    • Are you teachable?

  • What’s your personal pain tolerance?

    • Playing college sports has much to do with learning how to operate successfully in a strained environment.  You must quickly get used to the fact that the game is faster and more demanding at the college level and above.

    • What are your personal fears with college sports and campus life?  What are you doing to conquer these fears?

    • What sacrifices are you willing to make in order to improve?

      • Sacrificing other sports and recreational opportunities if necessary.

      • Sacrifice your own comfort level for the sake of improving your personal game and to play basketball with integrity.

    • Consistency is the mark of a good performer

      • Are you a dependable and consistent basketball player?

      • Can the coach consistently count on you to execute the game plan?

      • Can your teammates consistently trust you while on the court?

      • How do you approach improving your consistency?

        • Do you get input on how to improve?

        • Do you practice the fine points and details until it’s second nature?

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