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How to get a basketball scholarship

The most common question athletes and their parents ask is, "how do I get a basketball scholarship?" or "how do I get recruited for college basketball?".  In short,    exposure to college basketball coaches is the answer.   College basketball recruiting can start as early as freshman year in high school. Well-funded and highly competitive Division I and II programs start building prospect lists early in an athlete's high school career (some are beginning to prospect at the 8th grade level). It's never too early to start gaining exposure to college basketball coaches. Division I and II level basketball programs are actively building prospect lists from credible scouting sources like starting freshman and sophomore year.


As you can see from the chart below, there are tremendous basketball scholarship opportunities that exist at the college level. Make note of all the opportunities that exist outside of Division I! Just because you may not be Division I basketball talent doesn't mean you can't play college basketball and earn athletic scholarship money towards your education.


  # of Schools offering
# of Athletic Scholarship
Opportunities (per school)
  Men Women Men Women
NCAA Division I 346 344 13 15
NCAA Division II 289 290 10 10
NCAA Division III* 416 439 * *
NAIA DI 112 111 11 11
NAIA DII 148 148 6 6
Junior College 434 397 15 15
Total: 1,745 1,729    

*Division III schools offer and provide merit, academic, and need based scholarships.


Select College Athlete Recruiting has access to over 1,700 men's and women's college basketball coaches at Division I-A, I-AA, II, III, NAIA, and JUCO levels. We provide qualified athletes to coaches from all Divisions including top Division I programs in the ACC, Pac 10, Conference USA, Big East, Ivy League, and Big 10 just to name a few. Our recruiting coaches put together your in-depth online profile, highlight video, and introduction letter to coaches and quickly get you the exposure you need from anywhere in the country. Our scouting service can reach every region of the country and can give you the exposure you need to be recruited. Coaches can quickly and easily review and evaluate your skills with a click of a button. Only then can they decide whether to add you to their prospect list and begin the recruitment process.


Your online profile with video will be available year round to coaches and you can access your own profile to update your statistics. But, you must give a college basketball coach the critical information they need; reliable & current stats, 4-6 minute highlight video, reference(s), and complete academic statistics with your athletic profile.  WARNING!  Don't let a poorly made video detract from your talents. One common frustration college coaches share is trying to evaluate players from a low quality video. Select College Athlete Recruiting can create a professional high quality highlight basketball video that showcases the best you have to offer.


There are general averages of physical stats that we can provide which will give you an idea of what level of competition is your best opportunity to be recruited - Division I, II, III, NAIA, or JUCO. However, if you do not meet these averages does not rule out other intangibles that coaches can only see by watching you on film or in person.


Camps and Showcases


Don't be fooled into thinking that attending a camp or showcase is all it takes to get recruited and become a college basketball player. These are great opportunities but only get you in front of a handful of coaches and they are most likely from within your own region at best. If you limit your exposure then you limit your opportunities for earning a basketball scholarship. Also, keep in mind coaches are generally not looking to "discover" a player at these events but already have an existing list of players they want to evaluate further. And, don't rely, or expect your high school coach to get you recruited (see FAQ's). As college coaches advise on the College Coach Report- start early, be proactive, and expand your college search parameters.


Recruiting Results


To date, Select College Athlete Recruiting has achieved a 100% recruiting success rate with our qualified paid members. This means that every client has received recruiting interest from college coaches directly related to our national network and scouting resources. Our success rate is high because we focus on the quality of our Select Athlete clients and maintain our reputation as a credible scouting source to college basketball coaches. Select College Athlete Recruiting continues to be viewed as the highest quality scouting resource for college coaches.


Visit the services page or give us a call at 877-569-4002 to ask questions about our program and get qualified as a Select Athlete.


What you have: The desire and talent to play college basketball.


What you need: Exposure to a wide network of college basketball coaches.


What we provide: An effective recruiting campaign with exposure to our national network of college coaches from all divisions.


What you get: Actively recruited by college basketball coaches and the opportunity to earn an athletic scholarship.


What to do next: You or a parent call to speak to one of our basketball scouts at 1-877-569-4002. Our scouts will review your physical stats, athletic achievements, academic performance, and current playing level and give you a realistic evaluation of your college level potential for FREE.


If you have not made your decision about playing college basketball, complete a basic FREE Online Profile. With a FREE Online Profile you will also receive regular recruiting tips and updates from