What level college do you think he could play for?

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  1. Bundey

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    Certainly for some D3 colleges, but that's not saying much.

    *Maybe* a low D1 college or D2 college if he can use the game he has effectively in matches.

    You can't just assume all D1, D2, and D3 colleges are homogenous in the level of players. This is absolutely not the case.

    He seems to have a good foundation, if he improved a few things (most notably his footwork and fitness), he could probably do pretty well.

    Whats the deal with all the repeats?
     
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    I wonder what coaches at this level look for? He obviously can hit the ball, though some of his volleys(few shown) looked sloppy for a doubles player.

    I think if I were looking for a player, I'd want to get more concrete statistics beyond the video. I'd like to see tournament records, and I'd like to get raw statistics on vertical jump, 40-yard dash times, and serve speed.

    Most high school players are far from finished products. I'd look for some raw natural athleticism and then try to judge whether the player has the motivation and maturity to be able to develop further in a college environment.
     
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    i agree. hard to get much out of a short video. as you said he can hit the ball and has nice strokes. he looks fairly tall, and will grow into his body as he matures. looks like he has the skills to play college level tennis.
     
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    He said in the video that he finished 5th in the state. That's a pretty concrete statistic for a coach.
     
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    Yah I guess it depends on the state plus it was doubles. His partner could have carried him. :D But Illinois is pretty good I would think with all the players from the Chicago area.

    I beat some guy who finished 4th in his state but it was not a well populated state. He was pretty mad at losing to somebody twice his age that has been playing tennis shorter than he has :D
     
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    Good point. I believe he'll be recruited to play somewhere at the college level, it's just a question of how high. However, most coaches have limited scholarship packages they can give out. There must be some cases where a coach might get excited about a player who isn't top ranked yet might have shown signs of great potential or extraordinary attributes - such as great height.

    Film alone doesn't tell the whole story. This year I saw one of the top 10 high school players in California. I believe he is going to play at Stanford next year. On film, and in person, his warm-up and game is unimpressive. He doesn't hit a big serve or forehand. He doesn't seem shockingly quick, strong, or tall. But, if you watch him closely you'll see that he's a very intelligent player with a solid all-court game.

    Coaches are not going to base their decisions on these short videos.
     
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