B.E.S.T. or Basketball Elite Skills Training offers a variety of programs from top Basketball coaches in Chicago, IL.

Aspiring College Basketball Player Useful Info


Useful Links


Free college admissions and sports recruiting accounts:


College Vine (free college admissions site like a virtual counselor): http://www.collegevine.com


Next Collegiate Student Athlete (NCSA) profile/services (NCSA has a lot of great free college athletic recruitment resources/information on its website and YouTube): https://www.ncsasports.org/who-is-ncsa/what-does-ncsa-do/what-does-ncsa-cost-how-much



The Ultimate Fall Recruiting Checklist for High School Student-Athletes (freshmen – senior years):  https://www.ncsasports.org/recruiting/managing-recruiting-process/fall-checklist



Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete:


NCAA:  http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/Student_Resources/CBSA.pdf


NAIA:  https://play.mynaia.org/media/1091/naia_guide_college_bound_student.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2rzuJa_AiKj9EtcfgXS7YzeOggcGywPQ6RPSGq5p8IwzvR-Dm_iOUGK8k



Basketball Recruiting Guidelines by Position (height, stats, experience type/level, etc. for various levels):



NCSA: https://www.ncsasports.org/womens-basketball/recruiting-guidelines

Go Big Recruitinghttps://www.gobigrecruiting.com/recruiting101/womens_basketball/positional_guidelines/



          NCSA: https://www.ncsasports.org/mens-basketball/recruiting-guidelines

          Go Big

         Recruiting: https://www.gobigrecruiting.com/recruiting101/mens_basketball/positional_guidelines



O*NET Interest Profiler (career interests exploration survey and information to help identify potential majors): https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip


College Navigator (US Dept. of Edu.’s college search tool; search by sport, major, college level, state, etc. not perfect but very helpful): https://www.gobigrecruiting.com/recruiting101/mens_basketball/positional_guidelines


NCSA’s Power Ranking’s Best Basketball Colleges (rankings for NAIA and each of the 3 NCAA Divisions; incorporates general academic rankings by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, IPEDS graduation rates and IPEDS average cost after aid, etc.):


Women: https://www.ncsasports.org/best-colleges/best-womens-basketball-colleges


Men: https://www.ncsasports.org/best-colleges/best-basketball-colleges



NCSA’s Basketball Video Highlight Guidelines/Tips (by position):


Women: https://www.ncsasports.org/womens-basketball/highlight-video


Men: https://www.ncsasports.org/mens-basketball/highlight-video


A YouTube video tutorial on how to make highlight videos and post them on YouTube all on your smart phone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nCxsbwA-ac&t=219s


NCSA’s Contacting College Coaches (via phone, e-mail, social media, etc.) Guidelines/Tips: https://www.ncsasports.org/recruiting/contacting-college-coaches


Short video tutorials on creating mail merges for efficiently mass e-mailing coaches: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlKpQrBME6xJ6k71ifmYKzWm8MNgkAOZm

by posted 02/18/2021
High School to College Series



Sunday, February 21 - 7:00pm Central Time


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 881 2145 3384


Discussion Topics:

College Basketball Recruiting Experience | Life Impact of Playing a College Sport



Moderator: Ron Redd

Board Chairman - B.E.S.T. Basketball Chicago

(a 501c3 Not-For-Profit)




Panelist: Lauren Greif

University of California-Berkeley - 2010 Bachelor of Arts - Psychology

San Jose State University - 2014 Master of Kinesiology & Sports Psychology

Three-time PAC-10 All Academic point guard

Catapult Sports - Sports Performance Manager




Panelist: Ron Ashlaw

Head Coach

Waukegan High School Men's Basketball

30+ year Varsity Coach, with extensive student-athlete mentoring for players making the academic, personal, and athletic transition to college basketball player




Panelist: Louis Green

Seattle University

2013 Bachelor of Arts - Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement Administration

Played at Seattle University & Professionally for BSW Sixers (Germany)

City of Chicago - Police Officer




Panelist: Deja Jackson

University of Pennsylvania

2019 Bachelor of Arts - Communications & Minor - Hispanic Studies

UPenn Women's Basketball Team Captain

Turner Sports - Digital Account Coordinator



Contributor: Brandon Taylor

Digital Education Strategist

High School Student-Athlete Parent 



Session I Replay (from December 29, 2020):

Transitioning from High School to College Basketball

Video Replay Here: "Next Level" Series Videos

by posted 01/20/2021