From one member of Michigan’s basketball community to another, let me just share a point of emphasis that often gets pushed aside during the recruiting process: Being tied to reality.
Players of all ages, I’ve learned, still don’t know the difference between being recruited and getting a letter in the mail. Let me just make it simple for you: Getting a letter from Publisher’s Clearinghouse doesn’t make you a millionaire any more than a letter from a college — any college — makes you a recruit. A college letter is worth 44 cents. That’s it.
I’ve often wondered why so many players don’t tell the truth with respect to recruiting. I’m starting understand, however: Many don’t know what it means.
Here’s reality: In my hometown, Flint, there are a grand total of ZERO division-one caliber seniors. Z-E-R-O. And so, anyone in Flint who tells you he’s being recruited at any level of division one basketball is either delusional or doesn’t understand what it means to be recruited. I say this not to clown anyone, or to diminish their ability. Let’s face it, playing basketball at that level is extremely difficult. I say this because I’d hate for young players to get the wrong idea about how one must excel in high school to be even considered a division one recruit.
The two best seniors in the Flint area are going to the GLIAC, division two. The third is going the JUCO route. So, if the 10th or 20th best player in the city tells you he’s going to play division one, just take it for what it is: A myth. And this is not just a Flint problem. It’s everywhere.
Don’t be a part of the problem. Get reality-based and get better. Be grateful for any opportunity you have to play ball.