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Evaluating Prospects

Here at Vermont Academy, we target student-athletes who can thrive in our demanding routine. Here are some of the questions we ponder when making decisions on our prospects:


  1. Does the student-athlete love the game of basketball?  Every young player claims they love it, but we need them to show it.  If they don’t love the game, they won’t be happy here.
  2. Does the student-athlete appear to be someone who is okay with leaving their comfort zone? Our strength coach (Casey Cota) is too talented to work with lazy ball players.
  3. Does the student-athlete have championship body language? I believe it was Plato who said you can discover more about someone in an hour of play than a lifetime of conversation.
  4. Will the student-athlete play the right way when 20+ college coaches are in our gym? Or are you a guy who hunts shots and over dribbles in attempt to force something.
  5. How does the student-athlete present on social media? Think before you post. Protect your brand.
  6. Will the student-athlete be able to balance rigorous academics while maintaining a dedicated approach to athletics? Vermont Academy is challenging, but also supportive.
  7. What are the parents like? Typically, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

If the prospect can live up to our standards, the next step is based on fit for the need of family and the school. Basketball recruiting can be very similar to musical chairs.  The process is fluidly governed by supply and demand. Here at Vermont Academy, we are transparent about the process and we will do our best to help you along the way.  Thanks for your time, and hopefully we will see you at a Vermont Academy open house this fall or at a Vermont Academy basketball game this winter. Go VA!