I have to credit my mother for the idea to write this. We were sitting around the table and my dad and I quizzed her on the traditional 5 tools. Mind you, this is the same woman who thinks putting the ball in play 4 times means you were 4 for 4. At first we thought her answers were in the right universe, but on the wrong planet. After we laughed, she said “well there is an idea for your next email-blog-thing.” She was right.
We all know the traditional 5 tools (except for my mother):
What about the ‘other’ 5 tools college coaches look for in a player?
It is rare to find a 5-tool player. We only see them every so often. Everyone possesses these 5 tools, but just like the traditional scale, some of the tools will outweigh the others. Some tools will also be more important to one college coach than another when evaluating players. Here are the ‘other’ 5 tools….according to my mother.
Mom: “Ya gotta be smart.”
Mom: “Ya gotta be a good kid.”
Mom: “Ya gotta be pretty good”
Mom: “Ya gotta be able to get better, like, as you get older.”
Mom: “Coach has to like you, and you have to like him.”
The mix of the first four tools will ultimately determine your “fit” at the next level. When stepping back and looking at these five tools, perhaps the most important tools are the first two; academics and character. I call these the most important because they are the two over which you have the most control. They are also the two you cannot fake. Take pride in these two tools, and I would bet the others will conjunctly improve.
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