Many people don’t understand who professional sports scouts are or what they are looking for the players. Scouts are often so unremarkably dressed that they slip in and out of crowds without attracting any attention to themselves. Yet the work they do is very important and requires both skill and preparation. There are some things players need to know about what makes a good scout and what role a scout plays in basketball.
The job of an NBA Basketball Scout is to evaluate basketball players on their strengths and weaknesses. Scouts watch players at just about every level of play, starting with middle school after school programs and all the way up to professional matches. However, they pay particularly close attention to high school and college-aged players.
An NBA Basketball Scout travels across the whole country and occasionally even goes abroad in order to find the most promising and talented players. Each scout looks at the previous level of play to determine if the player is right for the team the scout represents at the next level. To put it another way, an NBA Scout for the Celtics will go to colleges and universities to find new recruits; a scout from Boston University will go to private and public high schools to find new players, and so forth.
A scout may also look for players on the same athletic level but whose rights will soon be available through free agency or trade.
If the scout likes what he or she sees after watching a player at several different games- both home and away – the scout will make the player an offer to play for a team represented by them in the upcoming season.
First and foremost, a person must know and love basketball in order to become a scout for the NBA. That means not only having an in-depth understanding of the rules and regulations of the game but also a keen eye to spot talented and potentially great players.
In addition, an NBA Basketball Scout is required to have at least a bachelor’s degree, although higher degrees are preferred. Previous coaching experience is also desirable.
When a team is hiring a new scout, they look for personality qualities such as integrity and honesty. A team or institution wants a scout who can make keen discernments and levelheaded decisions, even under intense pressure. Finally, a good scout must be a leader, someone who can take charge and inspire players with raw talent to perform at their very best. A scout should inspire players to reach new levels of excellence, not make them so nervous and afraid that they can’t play well.
One of the most difficult elements involved with the scouting profession is being able to assess how far a young player will be able to grow and develop. In the business, this is referred to as determining the ceiling to a player’s talent.
When a scout arrives at a basketball game, there are several things he or she pays close attention to. The first area of focus is how you react and adapt to the opposing team. For example, if the other team has an exceptionally fast-starting forward, what do you do to keep him covered?
A good scout will also consider which positions and skills are currently needed on the team for which he or she works. The ideal basketball team has players that can work in harmony with one another and who have well-rounded talents. In particular, a scout will watch the way a player shoots, runs, rebounds, and covers the opposing team. Other important skill sets they will look for are defensive capabilities, ball handling, passing, and scoring capabilities.
An important attribute they look for in a prospective player is shot selection. A player who takes a shot each and every time he or she is in possession of the ball is not necessarily considered the best at shot selection. Rather, talented players can tell the difference between a shot they can be made and a shot they will most likely miss, have rejected, or cause a breakdown in the offensive setup. If they have a low chance of successfully scoring, pro-ready athletes will pass the ball.
Most likely, the scout has studied the team’s plays and strategies beforehand so that when they come to the game, they can see how well the plans are carried out. They want to see if the player has ‘coachability’, that is to say, an ability to take instructions and develop as a player.
The scout also wants to make sure the player is a person of natural instincts and upstanding character. However, factors you have little to no control over will also play a part, such as your height, age, and weight. Scouts will also consider which position you play and how well conditioned you are.
A scout works for a team or institution. A talent scout for the NBA evaluates the ability of athletes in order to determine whether or not they could make a valuable contribution to whatever team they are representing. The ultimate aim of scouting is to find an exceptionally talented player and convince him or her to come to play for a team in the upcoming season.
By contrast, a Sports Agent works for the athlete. He or she will work to procure employment and endorsement opportunities for the player and will then work to negotiate the terms of the contract. An agent is interested in obtaining the best possible deal for the athlete he or she represents, partly because they care about the person they represent but also because an agent’s salary is linked to an athlete’s contracts. Typically, an agent receives between four and ten percent of a playing contract. They receive ten to twenty percent of an endorsement deal. Of course, these figures vary from institution to institution.
Typically, players with agents will be presented to scouts by that agent. scouts will come to watch a player play based on the agent’s recommendation. Agents will also go with their players to meet the scouts and help facilitate the scouting process. The scout and agent will work together to help the player transition into the NBA atmosphere.