College Basketball Recruiting: Role Player at a Major or Star at a Mid-Major?

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Every year, hundreds of top basketball recruits have to decide where they’re going to school.

Some know they’re only going to spend one year in school and then go to the NBA, while others know they’re going to spend at least two years or more on campus.

That begs the question—would you rather be a role player at a major school, or a star at a mid-major?

For guys like Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel, they’ll star at major schools.

Unfortunately, not all guys are going to come in and be the stars of the team immediately. Guys like Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), although they will likely start, won’t be the stars on their teams.

Players like Jeremy Hollowell (Indiana) will likely come off the bench in their first year, having to make the most of the playing time they do get.

And then there are the guys who won’t play at all this year.

Danuel House (Houston) and Semaj Christon (Xavier), who are both ranked in the Top 35 in the rankings, but chose to go to mid-major programs where they’ll become immediate stars.

So, who benefits the most?

Obviously, guys like Muhammad and Noel will benefit the most because they’re sure-fire starters and stars on their teams.

Then, guys like Robinson will benefit next because they’ll get their opportunities in big games to show what they’re made of. Some may say nobody benefits after that, but depending on how well the guys that go to mid-major schools perform, they can significantly boost up their draft stock.

Just look at Jimmer Fredette.

He was a deadly shooter, even in high school, but he was never recruited by any of the big schools.

So, he took those skills to BYU and showed he was one of the best shooters to ever play the college game. That translated into being the 10th pick in last year’s NBA Draft.

We’ve seen guys in each slot who have made the most of the opportunities they’ve been given and where they’ve been given them.

So, is it better to be a role player at a major school or star at a mid-major?

I don’t think it matters. The only things that matter are work ethic and drive to be the best a player can be.

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