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How to Make a Basketball Highlight Tape

By Steve Silverman

Talented high school basketball players who have hopes of playing the game at the college level have to be more than dedicated athletes. They also have to know how to market themselves in order to have a shot at a college scholarship. The elite players are well known and will earn scholarship opportunities at major basketball powers such as the University of North Carolina, Duke University, University of Illinois, University of Florida, Kansas University and University of Arizona. However, there are very good players who may be able to get full and partial scholarship offers if the right coaches observe their skill level.

Encourage your high school athletic department to videotape every game your team plays. If it does, you will probably be able to get your hands on that videotape in order to copy it so you can splice together your own highlight reel. If not, a family member will have to play the role of videographer by taping every varsity game you play. This is a lot of work but will be well worth it if your highlight reel demonstrates your skills to a potential college coach.

Plan out your videotape. College coaches are looking for solid all-around players. You may be a high-scoring player who can hit the jump shot, but college coaches want to know that you can play defense, rebound, handle the ball and make plays when the game is on the line. Make sure that your videotape shows all of your skills.

Start the tape with your best performances in the biggest games of the year. If you led your team to the conference tournament championship with 10 points in the final quarter, lead off your tape with those highlights. Let the coach know with graphics what he is about to see so he understands your level of talent and how you came through in a very important game.

Demonstrate your poise by concluding your tape with a 60-second assessment of your all-around talent. Have your coach or a member of his staff play the role of interviewer by asking you about your strengths and weaknesses. Don't portray yourself as a perfect player. Coaches want players who are willing to work at developing their strengths and overcoming their weaknesses. If you are honest about your ability, you will improve your chances of winning a scholarship.

Let your coach know your height, weight and statistics, along with your grade point average and areas of interest away from the game of basketball. No scholarship will be offered just because you tell the coach you have a 3.5 grade point average, but you will increase your opportunities of winning a scholarship if you come across as a solid citizen who can hold his own in the classroom as well as the basketball court.

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