Basketball Recruiting Timeline

Scoring big with the basketball programs starts with knowing your options. There are a large number of programs ready to give you an opportunity. The recruiting process in basketball is fast paced. It’s critical to build the relationship with coaches right away, master your skills and do well in school. Below is your basketball recruiting timeline, broken down by year.

Freshmen Year: Exposure. Relationships.

  • Look to play for an AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) team

  • Create a list of top 100 prospective schools, research 2-3 each week

  • Get your highlight film tape ready

  • Join a summer clinic or camps

  • Make unofficial visits- they are unlimited

  • Start making phone calls to coaches, write letters, emails


Sophomore Year: Visits. Highlight Tape.

  • Research prospective colleges

  • Film your games

  • Call, fill out questionnaires, email and/or write letters to coaches to build the relationship

  • Start going on unofficial visits to colleges 8/1 before sophomore year 

  • Gear up for summer elite basketball camps especially high caliber tournaments

Tips from Expert:

  • D3 and NAIA can contact you anytime

  • D1 and D2 coaches can contact you starting 6/15 after sophomore year 

  • D1 and D2 coaches can't personally contact you until 6/15 after sophomore year, but they can pick up the phone and talk with you if you call them 


Junior Year: Critical. Relationships.

  • Respond to EVERY coach and do it in a TIMELY manner

  • Ask coaches questions and reach out to coaches about the program and college

  • Fill out questionnaires

  • You're allowed 5 official visits (1 per school) starting 8/1 before your junior year 

  • Attend camps to hone your skills and earn good grades

Tips from Expert:

  • D1 coaches can make off-campus contact with recruits on their first day of junior year 

  • D1 and D2 programs will start to make offers

  • If you haven’t heard from D1 coaches, reach out to D2, D3 and NAIA coaches


Senior Year:

  • Make official visits- allowed only 5

  • Make unofficial visits

  • Narrow down your prospective colleges

  • Set-up tryouts with D2, NAIA and Junior College programs after your regular season

  • Commit to a school

  • Contact coach for summer workout schedule


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