COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHOLARSHIPS
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOUTING AND RECRUITING
Not every basketball player will have scholarship opportunities handed to them. The majority of players have to actively seek out college basketball coaches, go to several showcases and camps each year through out high school and decide between offers that are typically not full ride scholarships.
College Basketball Recruiting Fundamentals
There are over 1,800 men’s and 1,800 women’s college basketball programs with opportunities for basketball scholarships at all division levels.
Not all basketball scholarships are full rides. The only guaranteed full ride basketball scholarship is for DI basketball. At the DII, DIII, NAIA and NJCAA levels scholarship percentages can vary.
No program can guarantee your scholarship for four years; all athletic scholarships are one year agreements.
Game Time = More Scholarship Opportunities
Basketball presents great opportunities for a scholarship if you can make it into or near the starting rotation. If gaining a basketball scholarship is the major factor in your decision for a potential college then you need to look at the division level where you can come in and contribute significant minutes right away. Going to the highest division level possible doesn’t guarantee a scholarship opportunity.
Showing Up At a Showcase Isn’t Enough
Playing AAU and going to camps and showcases has become a prerequisite for players looking to play basketball at the college level. But don’t think that just because you are going to the best showcases you can find you are going to be getting a scholarship. These are opportunities to get seen but only if coaches know you are there, you need to contact coaches before your showcases and make sure they will be watching you.
Height Isn’t Everything
You might be the tallest person on your team or at your position but with over 550,000 boys and 440,000 girl basketball players across the USA and thousands more internationally, you can guarantee there are hundreds of players at your same height or taller. You need to set yourself apart from the other recruits by fully understanding the college basketball recruiting process and making sure to take advantage of every opportunity to make yourself a better rounded recruit.
What’s Good Enough for a Basketball Scholarship?
Not every basketball player who gets a college scholarship is the best player on their high school team. With five different levels of competition and different academic, athletic and character requirements for each college basketball program finding a scholarship really comes down to finding the right fit.
Attending a college basketball camp or showcase can go a long way to getting you noticed by the college recruiting staff. Camps can also help you with additional, specific training and development.