Last week Elena DelleDonne made national waves on the recruiting radar when she made the uncharacteristic decision to turn down a basketball scholarship at UConn. The consensus national player of the year released the statement;
“Both UConn and I require 100 percent dedication to the sport, and as of now I feel I cannot give that level of commitment. It therefore would be unfair to the excellent program, Coach Geno Auriemma, the team, and UConn fans, for me to play.”
She has already left UConn and enrolled at Delaware and it appears that she will actually be playing volleyball instead of hoops. It appears that her story will conclude with a happy ending but underscores why even the nations top recruits need help while going through the recruiting process.
Rutgers University sophomore basketball player Khadijah Rushdan backed up that point of view with her statements to Deleware’s News Journal.
“When you are accomplished you have a lot of schools look at you, a lot of people propositioning you, and it’s hard. It’s stressful. You’re about to make one of the most important decisions of your life. You can never satisfy everybody, and some [high school seniors] lose track as to what makes them happy.”
“People said all the time, ‘I’d love to be in your shoes. But no one knows what it feels like, to tell a coach no. … You’re making a decision off of not too much information, a decision where you are going to spend four years of your life.”
At NCSA our team of Recruiting Coaches work to empower student athletes to find the right college fit from the start. By starting early and carefully weighing all of your options athletes can make sure they have the college experience they have always dreamt.