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Tommy Amaker On The Role Of A Player's Character In Recruiting

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Tommy Amaker (@HarvardBBall), a PCA National Advisory Board Member, has been Harvard's head basketball coach since 2007 after serving as head coach at Michigan and at Seton Hall. His college basketball career began at Duke, where Amaker started at point guard for all four years, leading the team to four NCAA tournaments and the 1986 Championship game. He was the 1987 winner of the Henry Iba Corinthian Award as the nation’s top defensive player, and he was enshrined in the Duke Athletic Hall Of Fame in 2001. His playing career also includes a gold medal as part of the U.S. national team at the 1986 World Championships.

A coach and recruiter for an elite school, Amaker explains in this video how a player's character affects the chances of his being recruited. Amaker believes that character plays a huge role in an athlete's potential for success as an individual and as a contributor to the team. He relies on his current players to engage with recruits and report back on whether they will fit in with the team. He values the opinion of the existing players to help guide his decisions, and recruits should heed this insight as a recommendation for how to act when looking to play at the college level.

For more tips, check out these 5 Keys To Getting Recruited To Play College Sports.