Yes, it does matter to a college basketball coach which NEPSAC class a player plays in. NEPSAC (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council) is an association of private preparatory schools in the New England region of the United States. The association categorizes schools into different classes based on various factors, including the school’s size, athletic program, and competitive level.

NEPSAC Class from the Coach’s Perspective

From a college basketball coach’s perspective, the NEPSAC class provides certain insights. It speaks to the competition level and the quality of play a player has been exposed to. While it’s not the sole determinant of a player’s ability, the class designation can serve as a general indicator of the level of competition a player has faced during their high school career.

Typically, players from higher NEPSAC classes, such as AAA or AA, are more likely to have faced stronger competition. They also see a higher level of coaching and training. As a result, college coaches may pay closer attention to players from these higher classes, as they have proven themselves against tougher opponents.

NEPSAC class and college coaches

Other Factors

However, it’s important to note that the NEPSAC class is just one factor among many that college coaches consider when evaluating a player’s potential. Coaches also assess individual skills, athleticism, basketball IQ, work ethic, character, and other intangibles that contribute to a player’s overall profile. A player’s performance in showcase events, summer leagues, and national tournaments can also heavily influence a coach’s evaluation, regardless of their NEPSAC class.

Ultimately, while NEPSAC class can provide some context, it doesn’t tell the whole story. It’s the player’s overall talent, skills, and potential that will determine their desirability to college coaches.  Duncan Robinson plays for the Miami Heat, and he played at Exeter which is in the NEPSAC A class.  See below for some additional information on this topic from the PREP Athletics podcast:

-Does it Matter to a College Basketball Coach Which NEPSAC Class a Player Plays In? AAA, AA, A, or B? Feat. Coach Raphael Chillious

-Does it Matter What NEPSAC Class That a Prep School Basketball Player Plays In? Feat Frederick Gunn School’s Head Coach Dr Brian Konik

-What Is The Difference Between The NEPSAC AAA, AA, and A Basketball Levels + Does It Matter? Feat. Asheville Coach Nick Whitmore

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