Things to Know About Women's Basketball Recruiting

Finding a women’s basketball scholarship can be a difficult process, but NCSA knows exactly which steps need to be taken to give you the best shot during the complicated girls basketball recruiting process.


When does the girls basketball recruiting process start?

1. The basketball recruiting process started yesterday. Recruiting for girls basketball can start in the seventh or eighth grade, and by the beginning of freshman year you should have a good understanding of the NCAA rules and core course requirements. Waiting until the last minute isn’t a good idea if you’re looking for a women’s basketball scholarship. Don’t rely on a buzzer beater when it comes to girls recruiting for basketball.


How do I get discovered?

2. College coaches find girls basketball recruits based on third-party evaluations from a trusted neutral source like NCSA. You can routinely bury three-pointers. You’re an excellent ball handler. Or, you dominate under the hoop. Having the skill on the court doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be spotted by women’s college basketball programs. College coaches work with experienced scouts to identify and discover top girls basketball prospects using online tools from a trusted resource like NCSA.


How do coaches evaluate girls basketball prospects?

3. Make sure coaches see your highlight video and use the Internet as your main basketball recruiting tool. College women’s basketball coaches rely on highlight videos to determine talent. But coaches don’t have the time to look at every video they receive, and they certainly can’t search through hours of highlights on YouTube. When a highlight video comes from a trusted recruiting expert at NCSA, that video won’t get lost in the shuffle. Easy access to video highlights and stats posted on NCSA lets coaches find players that fit their system. Showcasing your skills on the Internet makes the girls basketball recruiting process easier for both you and the coaches you want to impress.


Where am I qualified to play college basketball?

4. Just 1% of the nearly 445,000 student athletes who play high school girls basketball will play at the Division I level. The majority of college basketball players don’t compete in Division I, so set your expectations accordingly. More than 75% of collegiate women’s basketball players compete at the Division II, Division III, NAIA or junior college level. NCSA is an experienced talent evaluator, and can tell you which level you should shoot for and where you’re likely to find success.


What is my basketball coach’s role?

5. Your coach can take care of your on-the-court development, but getting a basketball scholarship is your responsibility. Your ability on the court earns you a women’s basketball scholarship, but the girls basketball recruiting process requires a lot of work off of the hardwood. Your AAU or high school basketball coach is likely too busy to be able to dedicate the time that it requires. There’s a good chance that you’re not the only one on your team who hopes to play college hoops. Asking your coach to manage the recruiting process for several athletes at once is just too much.


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