College Recruiting

College Recruiting

College recruiting can be an intimidating and confusing process and living abroad can make it feel even more daunting. The Samurai promotes and provides exposure for players to college coaches and scouts. Each summer the team travels to Anaheim, California to play in one the nation's largest NCAA certified recruiting events: the Double Pump Summer Tip-off and Best of Summer tournaments. 300+ college coaches from around the US come to recruit, and 250+ teams with some of the top high school talent from the US and around the world come to play.

Exposure Events

To play at the collegiate level first and foremost takes talent. College coaches pursue the best talent to fit their teams, wherever it may come from. But they need to actually see players to recruit them, which means players need to compete at exposure events and have game tape. The NCAA only allows live viewing events - where college coaches visit tournaments/camps to evaluate a large number of players - to occur 2 times a year (2 weeks in spring, 3 weeks in summer). Most coaches prefer this method because they can see many of the top talents in one gym.

Game Film

Living abroad, players must have game film to be recruited. There are over 2,000 college basketball programs at all levels, so not every coach can attend exposure events. Game film can have a far greater reach. Players should make sure to film local high school games abroad, but game film from an exposure event in the US can prove how they match up against their US counterparts. Every Samurai game is filmed and shared with players.

Communication

Most college coaches will not sit through a full game tape of a player they do not know. A highlight tape does a lot to introduce a player quickly and if a coach is interested, they may ask for a full game tape.  Samurai coaches help players to determine appropriate schools and levels they should reach out to. Through extensive contacts with college coaches and scouts, Samurai coaches make introductions and promote players to coaches and programs. Once contact is established, the player needs to keep the lines of communication open throughout the recruiting process. Updates throughout the year (mid-season, end of season, spring, summer) inform coaches of progress and show a player is interested in their school. Whether coaches are responding or not, persistence is key. If a player has enough skill and talent and matches the need of a program, college coaches will begin and continue to recruit. This process, however, should not wait until the player's senior season. It is an ongoing process that is best started sooner rather than later.

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Jadan Anderson
Nick Ashley
Eamon Collins
Yudai Atsumi
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University of California Santa Cruz
Vanguard University
University of Findlay
Sarah Lawrence College
Yokohama B-Corsairs (Coach)
Clark Atlanta Univeristy
Georgia Tech/Japan National Team
University of Findlay
​​Nakorn Pathom Madgoat/Thai National Team
​Chapman University
​Hiroshima Dragonflies
NCAA DIII
NAIA
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NCAA DIII
B League (Pro - Japan)
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NCAA DII
Thai Basketball League (Pro - Thailand)
NCAA DIII
​B League (Pro - Japan)