Snapshot of Nicolette (Nikki) Bond, basketball player
from Vancouver, Washington
Committed to Corban University
Click here to View Nikki Bond's BeRecruited profile
While in high school, what other teams and/or sports were you playing? Did you know all along you wanted to play your sport in college?
I played softball, soccer, and volleyball before high school started – but I was playing up with a couple of AAU teams and loving year round basketball. I realized that it kept me in shape all year long and was going to prepare me for high school – and college! There was no second thinking with that goal!
When did you start getting interest from college coaches? Were they knocking down your door, or were you reaching out to them? If so, how?
I started emailing coaches just prior to my freshman year and joined up with BERECRUITED.COM, letting them know to keep an eye out for me! I’d send stats and pictures as the season went on, and any articles in the newspaper. I let them know about the torn ACL from the summer prior my Sophomore year, and my comeback the following spring ball. I reached out to as many colleges as I could that seemed like a good fit. Sept 1st, of my junior year (the first day coaches were allowed to mail me) the mailbox at home was full of letters from D1, D2, D3, and NAIA schools saying I was on their recruiting list and to call them! I had a service academy come watch me play - as well as Ivy League and big name D1 schools! When the time came, I had phone calls from coaches all across the country – and 2 of them were from the sweet 16 teams that had made the playoffs! But you know, what it all boiled down to was the coach, location, and the academics offered. Like any player, I had dreams of going to a big named school, playing on TV, and being recognized. But as the offers came in, I realized I wanted to play ball in my own backyard. I chose my college because of the location, and the fact that I had a great relationship with the coach who came to watch me play in some awesome games – and some games where my shot was off. But he always let me know it’s my averages, my attitude, and my heart that made him want me at his school!
How did BeRecruited help you make the connection with your committed college?
The majority of my contacts were initiated with the BERECRUITED website. It gave me the initial contact names and made it easy to research schools. And with the opportunity to put pictures and my stats online – I became one of the most looked at players on the girls basketball website! I found that the more information I provided you – the more the coaches looked at my site. If they didn’t immediately contact me after viewing my site – I’d go ahead and contact them thanking them for visiting my site and to feel free to contact me or my coaches with any questions! It worked!
Who was pivotal in helping you through the recruiting process and why? (Parents, a coach, a hs counselor?)
That’s easy an easy question,… BERECRUITED.COM! The only other person helping me was my dad who gave me advice on how to followup with the schools.
What role did you club coaches/hs coaches have in helping you get recruited? How active were your parents in the process?
Once I got into high school, I realized that my AAU and high school coaches didn’t have the contacts like I had made, and it would be up to me if I wanted to get noticed. These coaches could answer the questions college coaches asked – WHEN the college coaches called. How’d the college coaches get the phone numbers to call? Through me!
What was the most challenging part of the recruiting process, if any?
The most challenging part of the recruiting process is probably in how to handle phone calls. On the court I see nothing but ball and that’s the focus. When my parents would say, “there’s a coach on the phone for you”, initially, I was scared witless! Nothing prepares you for that, and if I had to do it all over again, I’d get used to talking to coaches on the phone – by calling them first!
To date, what do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sport career?
Two things,… first, being that I signed with a college. Secondly, and most importantly was overcoming injuries and the devastation of tearing my ACL just prior to my junior year. And then, when I was finally cleared to play and was in a championship game my first game back, I was on the ground going for a loose ball when another player came down on my back – knee first, and broke the L2 on my spine! You wouldn’t believe the support I got from college coaches, urging me to focus on the future, and condition not only body – but the mind as well. Getting back on the court for the summer and my junior year was my biggest accomplishment – for that’s when the coaches really showed the interest!
What tips or advice do you have for student-athletes who want to continue their sport past high school?
Play AAU ball if you’re able. Play every game as if it’s your last. Have heart in every game you can - no matter the score. Be plugged in to the game – even when you’re resting on the bench. And most importantly, get your name in front of coaches thru persistence, perseverance, and BERECRUITED.COM!
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