Div. III Head Coach Kevin App Offers Advice for Bas­ket­ball Recruits

Williams Col­lege men’s bas­ket­ball head coach Kevin App pro­vides insights on what coach­es look for in a recruit, what makes a great high­light reel and more.

Div. III Head Coach Kevin App Offers Advice for Bas­ket­ball Recruits

Williams Col­lege men’s bas­ket­ball head coach Kevin App pro­vides insights on what coach­es look for in a recruit, what makes a great high­light reel and more.

Williams Col­lege head coach Kevin App, who is enter­ing his third sea­son with the Ephs, is no stranger to suc­cess on the hardwood. 

From teams that have won league cham­pi­onships and earned NCAA Tour­na­ment bids, to an appear­ance in the NCAA Divi­sion III Cham­pi­onship Game in 2010, App knows first­hand what it takes to assem­ble a win­ning team. 

With his win­ning pedi­gree and his abil­i­ty to iden­ti­fy and devel­op tal­ent, he’s groomed mul­ti­ple All-Amer­i­cans, we felt Coach App was the per­fect can­di­date to dis­cuss the Div. III recruit­ing process. 

Here’s what he had to say: 

What is the most impor­tant qual­i­ty you look for in a recruit?

At Williams Col­lege, it starts with aca­d­e­m­ic scores. If those require­ments are met, we try to build our pro­gram around shoot­ing the basketball.

When should an ath­lete con­tact you?

The best time for us would be at some point dur­ing the prospect’s junior year of high school.

How should an ath­lete con­tact you? 

Email or fill­ing out our online recruit­ing ques­tion­naire is the best way to ini­tial­ly con­tact us.

What real­ly jumps out at you when review­ing a recruit’s high­light tape? What are the main dos and don’ts for a recruits high­light tape?

A recruit’s size and skill lev­el is what we’re look­ing for. 

Do: High­light your strengths. 

Don’t: Have it be longer than four to five minutes.

When do you rec­om­mend recruits put togeth­er and share their high­light reels? Is it best to make their high­light reel dur­ing off­sea­son, in the mid­dle of sea­son, or after each game?

Each game is great if pos­si­ble. This allows a coach to accu­rate­ly see a prospect’s impact in a full game. Only doing it at the end of the year may make a coach think, Is this ALL their good plays for the year?” 

What advice do you have for recruits that get turned down by their dream schools? What are their options if they don’t gain the recruit­ing atten­tion they desire?

My advice would always be to put your­self in the best sit­u­a­tion to have as many options as pos­si­ble. This means doing well in the class­room and per­form­ing on the court. I also encour­age recruits to vis­it mul­ti­ple schools, so when they make a deci­sion, they’ve been able to com­pare it to oth­er options.

What camps, leagues, show­cas­es and teams would you rec­om­mend a recruit to attend to gain expo­sure to col­lege bas­ket­ball coaches?

It com­plete­ly depends on the type of student/​player. For an aca­d­e­m­ic-mind­ed play­er, the Ivy League Elite Camps are a great option.

What advice do you have for high school or club coach­es that are work­ing with recruitable play­ers? How can they make sure their ath­letes get in front of the right people?

The best advice is, be hon­est with them. I’d also say the advice should always be go where you feel com­fort­able and go where they want you”.

What type of events do you recruit at?

Aca­d­e­m­ic show­cas­es, Ivy League Elite Camps and July AAU Tournaments.

What part­ing advice can you offer a recruit?

Enjoy the process. The things that will make your col­lege expe­ri­ence are your team­mates, your coach, win­ning, and your per­for­mance (in that order). 


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