Guide to High School Basketball National Rankings

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The high school basketball national rankings are used to determine which teams play each other and which teams have the strongest players. These rankings also have a lot to do with which teams are scouted by the college recruiters. If you are interested in turning pro, read on to find out how your school rankings can affect your future.

How National High School Basketball Rankings Are Determined

As with any other sport, teams are ranked in accordance with a specific formula. MaxPreps doesn't take into consideration media reports, prior season history or school size. MaxPreps uses the following formula to determine how your school is ranked nationally.

  • Overall season scores
  • League ranking
  • Rating
  • Strength of competition

ESPN also uses a ranking system, which is similar to MaxPreps. ESPN uses the following information to determine their high school basketball national rankings:

  • Strength of schedule
  • Superiority of competition in the state, district or league
  • Program history
  • Personnel

If your school ranks in the top 25 schools during a given year, chances are you will get to show what you have to a pro or college scout. However, don't just expect that this will happen. A lot of hard work goes into getting noticed by scouts.

How to Get Noticed by Scouts

For many, getting noticed by a scout can be very important for their future. Players either want to get into a good college and earn a basketball scholarship or they want to head right into the big leagues. While not everyone makes the leap from high school into the pros, college basketball scouts pick up many players who will then turn pro upon graduation.

What College Scouts Look For

First, scouts are obviously going to visit teams who are high on the high school basketball national rankings. If you don't go to one of these schools, you'll have to resort to getting noticed in other ways. Before any athlete decides to invest the time, effort and money in getting scouted, they need to be aware of three very important things:

  • The athlete needs to be capable of playing college level basketball. While talent can be developed, the basic skills need to already be in place.
  • The athlete has to have good grades in high school. A college scout may be interested in you, but if you don't have the grades to get into his college, you can't play for that college's team.
  • The athlete and their family must be driven to succeed. It will take a lot of time to get information out to entice scouts to visit the player at a high school game. This means sending out information to scouts, college coaches and making phone calls. Athletes and their families need to be pro-active.

Athletes Have to Advertise Themselves

While a school's basketball rankings may get a few scouts to come and see the players, it isn't a guarantee that they'll remember a particular athlete unless they're stellar. Therefore, basketball athletes need to be pro-active about reminding college coaches of who they are and why they should be considered for college ball.Athletes can keep the attention on them by sending out promotional packets. These informational packets usually include the following information:

  • The school's national basketball rankings, including the past several year's rank information
  • The student's biography, including grades
  • A personal letter outlining why they are interested in a particular college's basketball program
  • A DVD with at least two full-length basketball games on it
  • A schedule with the upcoming game schedule on it
  • Contact information including names, addresses and phone numbers, including the high school coaches contact information

A scout will contact the high school coach first. It is a good idea to let your coach know that you are interested in playing college ball and that they may be contacted by a recruiter.

Get Noticed

Athletes should be aware that their school's basketball rankings have a lot to do with whether or not they will automatically be noticed by college or pro scouts. While these rankings are important, athletes still can get noticed by promoting themselves.

Guide to High School Basketball National Rankings