Recruiting is something that essentially involves someone receiving a certain money amount, free schooling or even cars and houses, when you look at the big picture. Many people would like to deny the fact that their certain high school recruits, but we all know it happens. Whether it is under the table or the person just some how shows up at your school.
For example you have this kid who was absolutely a stud. He started on the Varsity basketball team as a freshman. Scored 25.0 points per game on average and also averaged 3.0 steals and 8.0 assists and even 10.0 rebounds a game. I know that may be a rather unlikely comparison to a different school’s situation, but ones like that happen all the time.
Now the problem is however, is that his team was horrible. They won a small margin of 8 of their 25 games. How is a guy/girl supposed to be noticed when their team can’t produce along with them? Exactly where the recruiting comes into play.
Now there is this prep school up north a bit. They won 21 of their 25 games and have been known to produce great athletes with different college recognition. Now they see what that kid has done and wonder what it would be like if they had him/her on their respective team. The whole idea of winning multiple state titles, let alone even one, can sometimes get to a coach’s head. He figures there is no other way to solve his problem then by getting that stud player.
So he goes out to the kid’s home, meets the family, and has dinner with them. Now they get into a nice conversation just about the kid’s childhood and growing up and things like that, but then the coach gets basketball back into his mind. Questions begin to fly, offers are put on the table (or under the table I should say, no pun intended), and changes are made.
The kid shows up at the prep school next year in a brand new Cadillac, rolling on some sweet spinners. He shows up and signs up for the team. He finishes his last three years all in state title victories, and goes on to play Division 1 basketball for 4 years at a power house college. He ends up not making the NBA however and his career as a basketball player ends there.
Now after this whole recruiting situation, what is there really to gain? I mean sure the kid gets his three championship rings and pretty much becomes the king of his high school. He moves on to do great in college, but not good enough to get drafted in the NBA. The kid was banking on the NBA because he only went to college for basketball and not to try to major and find a job elsewhere. He majored in Agriculture and he wants nothing to do with it now. So his future might have permanently been messed up because he got recruited as a freshman to a different, and at the time, better basketball school.
Now the coach as well. Sure making state three years in a row and winning each time is a great feeling. Adding Coach of the Year awards to two of those years doesn’t hurt all that bad either, but what does is his pocket book. That’s right the coach shelled out all the money for the kid’s brand new car, and believe it or not it is almost 2 times as much as he makes every year. He is left financially unsound and sort of devastated about the whole situation as well.
As for the kid’s team he played for as a freshman, they did all right. They, for the next two seasons, had winning seasons. Also, in what would have been his senior year, the team won every game besides 5 of them, and made it to the state semi-finals but came up short. However every senior on that team went on to college, each for something other than basketball, and they all graduated college with high honors or plain honors of their class.
Now for that whole situation I described seems some what unrealistic, but it could happen. I mean for bigger basketball cities such as Chicago or New York, basketball is life for some of these kids. They need it just to get them through college and hope for their lifetime goal of the NBA. Facts show though, that not many ever even come close to the NBA.
Recruiting is a scary reality. It can tear families apart, but it can ultimately tea your hopes. By getting recruited your are entering a whole new playing field. Sure you’ll absolutely love the praise and attention you receive in your high school years and they may even continue throughout your college years as well, but if you don’t make the NBA…Then whats next?