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    Oct. 12, 2012

    CARBONDALE, Ill. - Nate Mast, the director of basketball operations at Southern Illinois University, has teamed with writer Shawn Donnelly to release Go Get That Scholarship!: A Guide to College Basketball Recruiting for High School Players, Parents and Sports Fans.

    The book will be available on beginning Oct. 15.

    "This book is designed with a pretty simple goal -- to help high school basketball players and their parents finally understand how college basketball recruiting works," said Mast, who played at the University of Illinois, served as a grad assistant at the University of Kansas and was a head coach at Parkland College in Champaign, Ill. "Once players and parents understand how the process works, they can then navigate through it more easily and make smarter decisions about their future."

    Broken up into 21 bite-sized chapters, the book offers readers tools like: how to become a scholarship-worthy player, how to construct a winning highlight video, what to say (and not to say) to a college coach, what to do in the offseason to improve your stock, how to increase a coach's interest in you, how to become a prized walk-on (Mast was a walk-on at Illinois) and how to dissect "coach speak." The book even provides a college basketball preparation checklist.

    Mast says the book idea originated after hearing from frustrated players and parents.

    "When I was a head coach at a junior college, high school recruits and their parents were always telling me that they found the recruiting process really confusing, and they had no idea where to start, or where to turn to learn more about it. I looked around, and there really wasn't a good book on the subject that I could recommend to them. So, I hooked up with my high school friend Shawn Donnelly and we wrote one. Hopefully it helps people."

    Here's what some of college basketball's biggest names are saying about Go Get That Scholarship!



    "In Go Get That Scholarship!, Nate Mast and Shawn Donnelly have written a terrific guide to the confusing and emotional recruiting process that most people only go through once, if at all. It provides outstanding practical advice to help any aspiring scholarship athletes and their families.With this guide, you'll feel like a veteran of the process." -Jay Bilas, ESPN basketball analyst

    "Go Get That Scholarship! is the most comprehensive guide to understanding the entire process of getting the opportunity to play college basketball. It is a must for any high school player and their parents. Nate Mast and Shawn Donnelly have laid out the 'blueprint' for getting college coaches to take notice of you." -Fran Fraschilla, ESPN basketball analyst

    "Go Get That Scholarship! is a great, great book. Packed with tons of useful info, along with a very readable and entertaining style, this book is a must-read for not just high school players, but also fans of college basketball. Excellent work by Nate Mast and Shawn Donnelly." -Bill Self, head basketball coach, University of Kansas

    Nate Mast with Shawn Donnelly
    Publication Date: October 15, 2012
    Price: $10
    Available at: (search "Go Get That Scholarship")

    About the Authors

    Nate Mast is a former walk-on at the University of Illinois and the current Director of Basketball Operations at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill. Previously, Mast was head men's basketball coach at Parkland College, an assistant coach at the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and a basketball grad assistant at the University of Kansas. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois and a master's in architecture from the University of Kansas.

    Shawn Donnelly is a writer and editor in Brooklyn, New York. He has written for, Maxim, Men's Fitness, Muscle & Fitness, and ESPN Rise. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.