August 20, 2014

College Basketball Scholarships For Girls

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basketball scholarships for girlsIf you are having an outstanding high school basketball career, chances are that you will want to continue playing basketball in college and you also may even dream of receiving one of those coveted college basketball scholarships for girls.

Probably, you’ve heard a little about basketball college recruiting, but if you are like the typical college basketball recruit, the college basketball recruiting process  is still pretty much of  a mystery to you.  Most of you have never even met a basketball recruiter.

Girls Basketball Recruiting Up Close

I have been where you are now and can tell you first hand what recruiting for basketball is like.   I was recruited by D1 schools, NAIA schools, and even some area Junior Colleges.

Recruiting Basketball

It was exciting, fun and scary all at the same time.  There was only one little sad part of the whole time and that was my boyfriend, at the time, was receiving only diii football interest when he was hoping for a d2 football spot.

I eventually accepted a Division I offer from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Sure there were more prestigious programs I could have signed with but UTSA was beginning a new girls basketball program and I wanted to be a part of its new program.

At UTSA, college basketball recruits lived in apartments (not dorms), everything was brand new and first class and the fact that  I had family in San Antonio didn’t hurt any either.

From family vacations, I had already fallen in love with the San Antonio area, so it wasn’t hard for me to choose to sign with UTSA.

College Basketball Recruitment – What Does It Take?

What does it take to receive a girls basketball scholarship?  Well, in a sentence, it takes hard work, talent, recruiting knowledge and persistence to land a scholarship for college girls basketball.

Of course, there are several college athletic recruiting companies that lead gullible recruiting prospects and their parents to believe that the only way to get a basketball scholarship is to hire a college basketball recruitment service for hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars to market them to college coaches.   This simply isn’t true.

But it is true, the more exposure you get, the better chance you have of being recruited.  During the recruiting process, you will have to know when to do what.  Bottom line, in recruiting college basketball, you will have to “recruit” the coaches.

We can show you how on this site, but YOU and your parents or other interested relatives will have to be the ones to do it.

Before You Contact College Basketball Coaches

In college girls basketball, before you ever begin contacting college coaches, be sure that you meet the minimum basketball scholarship requirements as follows:

  • Have significant varsity playing time
  • Be a starter for your team.
  • A GPA that allows you to be eligible to play.

More Tips On How To Get A Basketball Scholarship

Below are some additional tips on how to get a basketball scholarship, and how to increase your chances of being recruited.

(1)  If you play in a large city, you will have  a greater chance of catching a college coach’s attention. This doesn’t mean if you play for a small high school, you won’t get recruited, it just means you will have to work a little harder.

(2)  Attending camps is an excellent way to gain exposure for college recruiting basketball.

(3) Your GPA (grade point average) is crucial.  Your grades have to be high enough to get accepted in to college.  Most Div I schools require a 3.0.

(4)  Besides athleticism, you need to stand out in many other ways.  Work ethic and attitude  are important.  Why?  Because a college coach doesn’t want to deal with a bad attitude for four years or risk their job for lazy athletes.

(5) Playing on a quality AAU team, one that competes nationally will provide student athletes additional opportunities to gain maximum exposure.

Girls College Recruits Basketball – Stats & D-I Scholarships

Everybody wants a D1 scholarship and, of course, those are the most difficult to receive.  What does it take to get a D1 scholarship in girls basketball? Let’s break it down by position.

A recent survey was conducted that included DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and JUCO Women’s basketball coaches about the role statistics play when evaluating college recruits.

The overwhelming feedback from the survey was that college coaches highly value statistics, anything from average points and rebounds per game to assists.

For example, Division I coaches said that on a scale of 1-5, with 5 being very important, they rank statistics as a 4 in terms of  overall importance.

Division I

Point Guard

*  5’8″ or taller

*  Minimum of 7 points per game

*  Exceptional  ball handling skills and confidence with the ball

*  Great passing skills

*  Floor leadership

*  Court awareness

*  Quick and overall great athlete

*   Excellent defensive skills

Shooting Guard

* 5′ 10″ or taller

*  Minimum of 7 points per game

*  Good ball handling skills

*  Good passing skills

*  Good peripheral vision

*  Ability to score from various spots

*  Excellent defensive skills

Small Forward

* 5’11″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Very athletic

* Ability to score from various spots on the floor

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

Power Forward

* 6′ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Excellent rebounder

* Ability to run the floor well

* Ability to play with back to the basket or facing the basket

Center

*6’2″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Very good rebounding skills

*  Very athletic

* Ability to run the floor extremely well

 NCAA Division II:

Point Guard

* 5’7″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Excellent ball handling skills

* Very good passing skills

* Displays confident floor leadership

* Accuracy from the perimeter

* Very good athleticism and lateral quickness

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

* Good court awareness and peripheral vision

Shooting Guard

* 5’8″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Good ball handling skills

* Very good passing skills

* Accuracy from the perimeter in different areas on the floor

* Very good athleticism and lateral quickness

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

* Good court awareness and peripheral vision

Small Forward

* 5’10″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Very athletic

* Ability to score from various spots on the floor

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

 Power Forward

* 5’11″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Excellent rebounder

* Ability to run the floor well

* Ability to play with back to the basket or facing the basket

* Very athletic

Center

*6.0′ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Very good rebounding skills

*  Very athletic

* Ability to run the floor extremely well

NCAA Division III

Point Guard 5’5″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Good ball handling skills

* Very good passing skills

* Displays good court awareness

* Accuracy from the perimeter in different areas on the floor

* Very good athleticism and lateral quickness

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

* Good court awareness and peripheral vision

Shooting Guard

*5’7″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Good ball handling skills

* Very good passing skills

* Accuracy from the perimeter in different areas on the floor

* Very good athleticism and lateral quickness

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

* Good court awareness and peripheral vision

Small Forward

*5’8″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Very athletic

* Ability to score from various spots on the floor

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

Power Forward

* 5’9″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Excellent rebounder

* Ability to run the floor well

* Ability to play with back to the basket or facing the basket

Center

* 5″11 or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Very good rebounding skills

*  Very athletic

* Ability to run the floor extremely well

NAIA Division I – NAIA Basketball Scholarships (womens)

Point Guard

* 5’6″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Good ball handling skills

* Very good passing skills

* Displays good court awareness

* Accuracy from the perimeter in different areas on the floor

* Very good athleticism and lateral quickness

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

* Good court awareness and peripheral vision

Shooting Guard

* 5’8″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Good ball handling skills

* Very good passing skills

* Accuracy from the perimeter in different areas on the floor

* Very good athleticism and lateral quickness

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

* Good court awareness and peripheral vision

Small Forward

* 5’9″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Very athletic

* Ability to score from various spots on the floor

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

Power Forward

*5’10″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Excellent rebounder

* Ability to run the floor well

* Ability to play with back to the basket or facing the basket

Center

*5’11″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Very good rebounding skills

*  Very athletic

* Ability to run the floor extremely well

NAIA Division 2

Point Guard

*5’5″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Good ball handling skills

* Very good passing skills

* Displays good court awareness

* Accuracy from the perimeter in different areas on the floor

* Very good athleticism and lateral quickness

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

* Good court awareness and peripheral vision

Shooting Guard

*5’7″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Good ball handling skills

* Very good passing skills

* Accuracy from the perimeter in different areas on the floor

* Very good athleticism and lateral quickness

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

* Good court awareness and peripheral vision

Small Forward

* 5’8″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Very athletic

* Ability to score from various spots on the floor

* Ability to break defenders down off the dribble

Power Forward

*5’10″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Excellent rebounder

* Ability to run the floor well

* Ability to play with back to the basket or facing the basket

Center

* 5’11″ or taller

* Minimum of 7 points per game

* Very good rebounding skills

*  Very athletic

* Ability to run the floor extremely well

Remember, statistics are an important factor, but they don’t tell the whole story.  Otherwise there would be no need to recruit anybody, the coaches would simply go strictly by the stats and call it a day.

The above figures will give you and idea of what the different divisions require.  The reason the coaches rely on statistics is they believe it can quickly tell them (that wing players are able to score, point guards can distribute the ball and lead, and post players have great hands, footwork  well as size).

Statistics courtesy of ncsa.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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