For all freshmen and newcomers, it is important to go into Fall practice and expect to challenge for playing time immediately.
Don’t be content with just going along for the ride.
Make the decision harder on your coaches by showing that you are a viable option to contribute right away.
For this to properly happen, you must first believe that you belong at that level.
Probably the best words I received going into my freshman year at the University of Missouri were given to me by my coach from Connie Mack ball.
“Just remember, they wouldn’t have recruited you if they didn’t believe you could help them get to Omaha,” he told me.
This was important for someone like me to remember since I had grown up in the Big 12 region and playing at that level was a dream come true. I was so thankful for the chance to make that dream happen that I almost got caught up in the idea that they had done me some kind of favor by letting me come play for them.
While it is important for a young player to be gracious in any opportunities given to him or her, it is just as vital for that player to realize the value that they bring to the team.
Any player who is able to come to grips with this fact, will be on track to realizing their full potential as an athlete, and as a teammate.