Part II – WHAT SHOULD A STUDENT/ATHLETE BE LOOKING FOR IN JUCO?
With the new NCAA transfer rules now in effect for the 2012-13 year, it is even more critical for basketball players that want to play D-1 basketball and beyond to chose the right JUCO. The student athletes affected by the new rule change especially are;
- Non-qualifier high school student athlete who’s grades or SAT/ACT are not high enough to go directly to D-1.
- High school students that were overlooked looked in recruiting.
- High school student qualifiers with D-2, D-3, or NAIA offers that do not meet their goals of a D-1 basketball program.
- Student athletes who are qualifiers transferring back to JUCO’s from D-1, D-2, NAIA universities.
The key to choosing the right JUCO can be quite simple if you ask the right questions. You need a JUCO that has a long history of winning, placing it’s student athletes in D-1 universities, and most importantly, a organized, mandatory academic program.
When the above student/athletes are being recruited by a JUCO program or visiting a program here are key questions that you need to ask the coaching staff.
|Academics||Do you have a full-time academic advisor just for athletics?||What is his/her name and can I talk to them?|
|Academics||Do you have mandatory study sessions/halls?||Absolutely key to academic success|
|Academics||Do you require weekly grade checks?||Answer must be yes|
|Academics||Is tutoring available if I need it?||Answer must be yes|
|Scholarships||How many current athletes do you have with a D-1 scholarship?||Ask for list|
|Scholarship||How many current athletes do you have in D-2, D-3, or NAIA on scholarship?||Ask for list|
|Scholarship||How many players do you have currently playing professional basketball?||Ask for list|
|Scholarship||Can I talk to a player who is from your JUCO currently in the a D-1 school?||Get phone number|
|Scholarship||Could you give me a list of D-1 universities and other universities that your graduates have received scholarships?||Get list|
|Scholarship||Do you have fulltime year round website that will help get my name out there to recruiters?||Ask for website address.|
|Winner||Do you have a full time head coach? How about assistant coaches?||Should be a yes|
|Winner||What has been your record for the past 3 years?||Should be 20+ wins per year|
|Winner||How often have you been in the state playoffs in the past 3 years?||Ideally should be all three years|
|Winner||When was the last time you were in the “final 4"?||Ideally at least 1 or more|
|Winner||Do you provide individual training…1 on 1 with the coaches along with the regular practice?||Definitely yes here.|
If you would like to print out the above questionnaire click here > JUCO Questionnaire
I was talking to D-1 head coach the other day day who was trying a sign a AVC player to a scholarship. He said to me “I recruit from a program.” “Not only the player.” “I want a program that has consistent talent, has their players academics together, and teach basketball year round.” Student athletes should take this to heart and choose the program that the D-1 coaches recruit from. Any thing less is taking a chance with your education and basketball career. Will it always work out? Of course not. Its still like the old saying says, “You can lead a horse to water buy you can’t make him drink.”