Its flattering the way there has been so much reaction towards me starting to write again for Talkbasket and with this in mind, I have been getting so many questions surrounding how I got into scouting and so many people asking about tips and what to look for I felt the need to address this.
5 tips to help you get started with scouting basketball players in practice and games:
Know what you’re looking for: Before you start scouting players, you should have a clear idea of the qualities you’re looking for in a player. This may include physical attributes like height, speed, and athleticism, as well as skills such as shooting, dribbling, and defense.
Observe games and practices: To scout players effectively, you need to watch them in action. Attend games and practices regularly, and take notes on each player’s strengths, weaknesses, and tendencies.
Use statistics: Statistics can provide valuable insights into a player’s performance. Keep track of each player’s points, rebounds, assists, turnovers, and other key metrics.
Talk to coaches and teammates: Coaches and teammates can provide valuable information about a player’s work ethic, attitude, and coachability. Ask them for their thoughts on each player you’re scouting.
Be objective: It’s important to remain objective when scouting players. Don’t let personal biases or preconceptions influence your evaluation of a player’s abilities. Base your assessments on the objective data and observations you’ve collected.
5 Keys for creating an impressive basketball scouting report that could help coaches make informed decisions about players:
Accurate Evaluation of Physical Attributes: The physical attributes of a basketball player are important in assessing their potential to perform at a high level. Therefore, a scouting report should include accurate measurements of height, weight, wingspan, and vertical leap. This information provides coaches with an idea of the player’s physical tools and how they might fit into their system. For example, a player with a long wingspan might be better suited for a defensive role, while a player with a high vertical leap might excel in rebounding or dunking.
Detailed Analysis of Skills: Technical and tactical abilities are critical in basketball performance. A good scouting report should provide a thorough evaluation of a player’s shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defense, and overall athleticism. This analysis should include an assessment of both the player’s strengths and weaknesses. It’s essential to note any areas where the player needs improvement, as well as their potential to develop in these areas with proper coaching and training.
Video Analysis: Including video clips in a scouting report can provide coaches with a more in-depth understanding of the player’s game. In today’s day and age as long as you have a smart phone and can get access to games you can do something to get started. Highlighting key moments or specific plays can help coaches visualize how the player will fit into their system. For example, a video clip showing a player making a crucial pass or hitting a game-winning shot can demonstrate their ability to perform under pressure. Similarly, a clip showing a player struggling with defensive positioning might indicate an area where they need improvement.
Performance against High-Level Competition: A player’s performance against top-level competition is a crucial factor in assessing their potential to succeed at the next level. A good scouting report should evaluate how the player performs against quality opponents, such as in tournament play or against teams in higher divisions. Coaches want players who can rise to the occasion and perform well against tough competition, so it’s essential to note any standout performances against challenging opponents.
Character Assessment: Character is a critical aspect of any athlete, and coaches want players who are coachable, hardworking, and have a positive attitude. This is intel-reporting to some degree. A thorough assessment of a player’s character should be included in a scouting report. This should include an evaluation of their work ethic, mental toughness, and overall attitude on and off the court. Coaches want players who are willing to put in the effort to improve, can handle criticism, and are willing to learn from mistakes. Additionally, off-court behavior, such as academic performance and disciplinary records, can provide insight into a player’s character and their ability to contribute to the team’s overall success.
The best format of reporting, a general structure could include the following sections:
Introduction: This section should provide basic information about the player being scouted, including their name, age, height, and position. It should also include a summary of the player’s current team, season statistics, and any other relevant background information.
Physical Attributes: This section should include an accurate evaluation of the player’s physical attributes, such as height, weight, wingspan, and vertical leap. It may also include information about the player’s body composition, strength, and endurance.
Skills Analysis: This section should provide a detailed analysis of the player’s technical and tactical abilities, including shooting, dribbling, passing, rebounding, defense, and overall athleticism. It should include an assessment of the player’s strengths and weaknesses and provide specific examples to support these evaluations. Video clips may be included to illustrate key points.
Performance against High-Level Competition: This section should evaluate the player’s performance against top-level competition, such as in tournament play or against teams in higher divisions. It should highlight any standout performances against challenging opponents and provide context for the player’s overall performance.
Character Assessment: This section should include a thorough assessment of the player’s character, including their work ethic, mental toughness, and overall attitude on and off the court. It may include information about the player’s academic performance and disciplinary record.
Conclusion: This section should provide a summary of the player’s overall strengths and weaknesses, as well as recommendations for improvement. It should also include a summary of the player’s potential fit within the coach or organization’s system.
Overall, the topic is actually pretty indepth and what I wanted to provide you all was an entry point to how I began my scouting journey and I still stick to these basics holistically. Some parts of my process have become streamlined as I gained experience. I hope that all this insight provides clarity on how to get up and running.
From what to look for, to how you formulate things and report should be well-organized, concise, and easy to read. It should include specific examples to support the evaluations and provide a clear picture of the player’s potential to contribute to the team’s success.
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