Sam Hargraves | Head Coach | Men’s Basketball | Alma College

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

We always look for someone who is the right “fit” at Alma.  Fit means academics, family financial situation, possess high character/will be a good teammate, talent, and what we think their comfort level will be at Alma socially and culturally.  I believe the level of success we can achieve is heavily influenced by the togetherness of our team.  The togetherness is directly influenced by how well each individual fits at Alma.


Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled? 

I have a current player who has continually improved and achieved at a level higher than my staff and I thought he would each year he has been here.  The key to his success is his physical and mental effort.  He has what many coaches today refer to as a “high motor”.  Basically this means he out-works other people.  He leads us in many of the hustle stats that we keep that aren’t on the regular post game stat sheet, but are of equal importance.  Of course he has some talent, but he does not have the raw talent as several of the athletes on our roster he plays ahead of.