How to scout athleticism and potential

athleticism All the difference pieces of basketball scouting aren’t created equal.

Some things are a lot harder to describe accurately than others.

You can quantify a player’s height in feet and inches.

Their wingspan can be similarly measured.

Even skills like shooting and rebounding come with numbers you can consider.

Measuring athleticism or potential … that’s harder.

We often think of a player’s athleticism and potential as more or less the same thing.

If a prospect is considered an elite athlete, he or she is said to have a lot of potential.

I’m going to challenge that notion today.

Let’s explore different ways of evaluating both athleticism and potential.


5 Scouting Habits to Help You Improve

scouting habits Vince Lombardi said, “Only perfect practice makes perfect.”

The same is true for us basketball scouts.

Mindlessly watching games won’t make you better at basketball scouting.

Your mindset and your scouting habits play key roles in getting better.

Let’s go over scouting habits today.

I narrowed it down to these five habits you can implement to drive your scouting development.

Habit #1: Decide.

Deciding means setting your focus and your scouting goals.

Ask yourself:

What do I hope to accomplish by watching this game?

I remind myself of this constantly when I’m at work.

Trying to absorb everything on the court deeply is a losing proposition, especially for a novice scout.


Why your mindset as a scout matters more than anything

Basketball scouting requires you to use your judgment.

The work itself comes with a lot of uncertainty. Unlike with statistical analysis, you can’t just rely on hard data.

So the ability to carefully examine the way you think proves essential for a basketball scout.

It’s how you do a good job!

It’s how you get better as you gain experience, instead of repeating your mistakes.

In this article I cover two important, related concepts we need to understand:

  1. Becoming familiar and comfortable with the presence of uncertainty.
  2. Recognizing the limits of our own judgment and finding ways to adjust our mindset.


2 Types of Scouts You Need to Know About

types of scouts “I want to be a basketball scout,” you say.

That’s good!

To get there though, you have to be more specific.

What kind of scout do you want to be?

There are different types of scouts and you need to know the difference in order to get going.

They come with radically different responsibilities and they require different skills.

The most important basketball scouting distinction you need to know about is the one between advance scouts and personnel scouts. There are other categories but they ultimately break down into these two buckets.

If you want to start scouting, you need to understand what both types of scouts do and what it takes to be successful in the role you choose.