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Friday, January 18, 2013

Breakthrough Basketball Blog

Check out this blog as a great resource for other players in the recruiting process:
Breakthrough Basketball Blog

Basketball Tips: How to Get a Basketball Scholarship

By Jeff Haefner
Every year, thousands of high school and junior college basketball players compete to get one of the few basketball scholarships that are awarded each year. Here are some basketball tips on how to increase your chances of being selected to receive one of those coveted positions.
Talent and Ability
First and foremost, you have to maximize your basketball skill. Every day you are not getting better, someone else is getting better than you. You have to work and work to become the best player you can be. Work on your skills, be in condition and get stronger.
The jump from high school to college is a big jump. Players are bigger, stronger and more experienced. The game is longer, faster and more physical than anything you have experienced so far in your career. Don’t fall into the trap that you are doing enough to get yourself ready. Without exception, when new college players report for their first workouts they are surprised at how different it is compared to high school. Work to be ready.
The Value of Summer Basketball
Basketball recruiting has changed drastically over the last 15 years. Rules that colleges have to abide by have become more restrictive. The pressure to get commitments from players has resulted in players deciding earlier and earlier on what schools they are going to attend. It is no longer sufficient to be a good player with your high school team. Your senior year in college has almost become irrelevant! Colleges need to identify prospects earlier and earlier in their career. Coaches now go to places where they can identify and evaluate multiple prospects at one time. The places for that have become AAU tournaments and high profile “recruiting summer camps.”
AAU (or Amateur Athletic Union) is an organization that sponsors amateur sporting events. In basketball, they sponsor spring, summer and fall tournaments in multiple age groups. The age brackets are usually 19 & under, 17 & under, 15 & under, etc. The advantage of that system is that you can play up a bracket to get in better competition (a 15 year old can play in a 17 & U tournament but a 17 year cannot play in a 15 & U tournament). The tournaments are usually played during “live” college recruiting periods so college recruiters heavily attend them. If you can find an AAU basketball team in your area and it is an appropriate age bracket it would be well worth your effort to join the program.
High profile “recruiting camps” are basketball camps that are held during the summer that attract high-level players, which in turn, attract college recruiters. Most of these are private camps, not camps owned by universities, colleges or high schools. They usually offer excellent instruction and very competitive games. Call a couple of colleges and find out what camps they attend to evaluate prospects and make plans to attend.
Summer basketball has become the most significant aspect of recruiting. At no other time can a college coach go to one spot and evaluate 300-400 players at one time. If you want to get one of those scholarships, you have to be where the coaches are.
Be Pro-Active
Don’t wait for a college to find you, go find them. If there are schools that you are interested in, contact them early, and let them know of your interest. Visit the campus, invite the coach to come and see you play. Have your high school coach contact the schools you are interested in. Be sure they have the information they need to evaluate you. Things like game schedules, summer schedules, etc. should be sent to all schools you are interested in. Return all questionnaires and comply with all the requirements that they have for acceptance to school.
Take Care of Your Schoolwork
Believe it or not, college coaches want athletes with good grades! Players in college are “student-athletes.” They attend class, write papers, and do research. Coaches really don’t like to take chances on academic risks. Get good grades; take your standardized tests (SATs, ACTs) as early and as often as possible. Unless you are truly a great player, coaches will not wait for you.
To get a scholarship, you have to register for the NCAA Initial Eligibility Clearinghouse. This is the organization that will evaluate your grades to determine whether or not you are eligible to play. Even if you are in junior college, they will go back to your high school grades to determine your eligibility (there are different rules for “qualifiers” and “non-qualifiers” coming out of high school and junior college). Take care of your registration as early as possible.
There used to be a saying, “if you can play, they will find you.” That is NOT true any more!! Being able to play is not enough, now. You have to be out where the coaches can find you.
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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Julian Scores 18 points against #4 Ranked Lake Worth

No. 4 Lake Worth 69, West Boca Raton 67: Julian Martin scored 18 points and Kenny Chien added 16, but the Bulls (4-11) fell to the Trojans in Boca Raton.

Thursday, December 20, 2012


Confidence: The full trust and belief in yourself; trustworthiness or reliability of a person or thing

In order to succeed I believe you need confidence. When you apply confidence to any task you are currently working on, you can only prosper and bring out your best abilities. The foundation of confidence is love. The reason why confidence never fails is because love never fails. Over the years there have been times where I lacked confidence on the court and I didn't play to my full potential. I had a talk with my mom and she brought that confidence out of me. She told me that being successful is just a matter of:
  1. Believing you deserve to be successful
  2. Believing your thoughts create your destiny
  3. Consistently doing every good thing to help my team win.
  4. Having extreme confidence in your God given abilities
It was a matter of me making a mental adjustment and trusting in my God given abilities.  Every day of last summer I would work on my game every morning. I'd visualize my whole senior season and helping my team as much as I can, while I was playing to my full potential. You just have to believe in yourself and in God and the sky WILL be the limit.

What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?

My Basketball Mix Tape

These are some highlights from a couple of our games this year against Boca High and Spanish River.
Stay tuned for more videos coming soon.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Team Work Makes The Dream Work!

That is a saying I've heard throughout my whole life. It's self explanatory. When a team comes together and works as 1 unit the sky is the limit! I had my first basketball season opener game last night and my team won. We won because we all worked together to accomplish our goal, to win! We weren't trying to look good , or be fancy in front of everyone, we wanted to win. Since we all were in agreement and connected, the game came easy to us. As long as a team comes together as a team, and each and everyone one is commited and dedicated to winning the dream will happen and they will win!