I would add a few things as well targeted at coaches coming over to HD from GD since there are subtle differences in recruiting.
1. In HD potential is done by attribute whereas in GD it is done as a whole (a recruit is high potentil, average potential or low potential). Understanding potential is key to knowing which players to target in recruiting. It goes without saying, but the more categories a player is high potential in the better (especially the more "core" categories). USE FSS TO GET POTENTIALS!
2. Another coach pointed this out, but high potential is divided into 2 categories: high and high-high. High-high attributes will improve by 28 points ore more. At the end of this post are the messages that you will get in emails from your AC after scouting trips to help you determine if an attribute is high potential or high-high potential. Again, use scouting trips to find out if high potential attributes are just high or if they are high-high. To show what high-high can mean, I have a PG on my D3 team in IBA who is a JR currently. He started out with a PER rating of 16 but his potential was high-high there. He is up to 65 halfway through his JR season. You can't count on all high-high attributes improving that much (most won't), but the point here is to not be scared off of a recruit with a low starting value in a core attribute as long as his potential in that category is at least high and more preferably high-high.
3. In HD the first recruiting cycle is only 2 hours and each cycle after that is 3 hours. The first cycle runs at 6pm ET. In GD the first cycle is 24 hours and starts at noon. It is very important that you make phone calls to the D2 players you are targeting as possible pull downs in the first cycle. For the ones where you get the backup message, decide which ones you want to target with your scholarships and use the info in the first post in this thread to then execute the pull down.
4. In HD a scholarhip offer counts as recruiting effort. In GD it does not. Offer scholarships as soon as you begin the pull down process for pull downs (once you know you are a backup and the player can be pulled down) and offer scholarships early on for D3 players you are targeting because it will help to get the player to consider you.
5. Don't listen to anything jbrewman says about pull downs. He does it the wrong way.
6. Pull downs can't be done in GD but they can in HD. Don't over do it the first time you recruit in HD trying to get pull downs for all of your scholarships. It is too expensive. I generally suggest only using pull downs for half of your scholarships that first season.
7. This is not really related to recruiting, but you need to know it when you recruit. In GD it will not hurt the effectiveness of your practice on player improvement if you take SimAI/walkon type recruits. In HD IT WILL IF YOU TAKE 2 OR MORE WALKONS. In GD there aren't really "walkons" just SimAI signed recruits that are crappy. In HD the Sim will not fill scholarships you leave open but instead your team will take walkons. Those scholarships are then available to you again the next season. Due to the negative impact of 2 ore more walkons on player development, try to never take more than 1 walkon because you are slowing down the development off all your players if you do.
Hopefully all of this helps a bit.
Here are the potentials messages:
Definitely wasn't the best athlete on the floor - unless I'm an idiot and/or this is the laziest kid ever, we can *dramatically* improve his athleticism.
if he works hard at it, we could see *massive* improvement here
Fantastic rebounding instincts - there's no reason to NOT expect HUGE improvement here.
I really think we could see massive improvement by his Senior year.
he's shown glimpses of raw ability which make me think he just has *tremendous* room for improvement
skys the limit
I see such solid fundamentals that with enough practice I don't see why he can't be a *significantly* better shooter than he is today
he has the raw skills to make me think he has *tremendous* upside.
with more experience I expect to see TREMENDOUS improvement.
with the right diet and drills, I think we can see a *dramatic* change in his conditioning
Good athleticism - I'm going to go out on a limb and say that he could improve substantially if he really works at it.
with the right diet and conditioning he could be MUCH quicker than he is today
based on my experience, he can still improve substantially if we work with him and he's willing.
if he's willing to listen, we could really see some major improvement.
has a LOT of room for growth with the right drills and coaching. / definitely has above average room for growth with the right drills and coaching
has a LOT of room for growth with the right drills and coaching.
I know this may sound crazy, but I think he has the potential to really improve his shot.
with the right drills and assuming he's willing to put in the time, I see big upside
I'd like to see him play more, but still, I really think we could see fairly significant improvement.
even with that, I think we can really improve upon his conditioning
the fundamentals look solid, with time and coaching, he could really show some improvement. - i think there is only high potential for FT as i have never seen any other message