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The Definitive Guide to Women’s Basketball Recruiting

Impact of Coronavirus on College Basketball Recruiting: The NCAA has continued its suspension of all in-person recruiting through August 31; Different rules have been approved for the D2 level.  The NCAA also granted an extra year of eligibility to college seniors. The impact of coronavirus on sports is that right now, all recruiting activity is happening online. The timing of when sports will come back is being determined by the state, local and national governing bodies. Here is more information on how coronavirus will impact Basketball. We’re also sharing survey results from 600+ college coaches, in which we asked how they think COVID-19 will impact recruiting.

Everything you need to know about women's college basketball recruiting

Student-athletes across the country dream of playing basketball in college. And most hope to be “discovered” by coaches. But the truth is that college coaches don’t have the time or budget to see every recruit compete in person. So, to successfully get on their radar, student-athletes need to put in the work—they need to build a list of realistic schools, create an NCSA Recruiting Profile and highlight video, contact college coaches and compete in the right camps and tournaments.

Furthermore, families need to know the criteria that coaches look for at each position and understand the NCAA basketball recruiting rules so they can map out when coaches can contact them and establish relationships early on.    

Plus, outside of athletics, there are several factors that go into selecting a college, such as academics, cost, school size and campus life. That’s why it’s so important for families to be thorough when searching for the right fit. This college basketball recruiting guide is designed to help student-athletes at every step of their journey. 

Review the NCAA women’s basketball recruiting rules and calendar

The NCAA issues a recruiting calendar each academic year that regulates when—and how—coaches can talk to recruits. For example, NCAA Division 1 coaches can reach out on September 1 of junior year, while Division 2 coaches can contact athletes on June 15 after sophomore year. But, depending on the program, many coaches evaluate athletes and build their list of top prospects before this point. This section not only helps you understand the NCAA basketball recruiting calendar and rules, but it also details how coaches at different division levels approach it. 

Learn about the NCAA women’s basketball recruiting rules and calendar.

Women’s basketball recruiting guidelines by position 

How good do you have to be to play college basketball? Every coach has a specific set of criteria they look for when recruiting student-athletes. Athleticism, technique, versatility and basketball IQ are some of the most important factors they consider. This section provides an in-depth look at the qualifications needed at each level, the average height of players across the division levels and the steps student-athletes can take to get on a coach’s radar.  

See the women’s basketball recruiting guidelines.

Get information about women’s basketball scholarships

There are two different kinds of basketball scholarships: headcount scholarships and equivalency scholarships. NCAA Division 1 offers 15 headcount scholarships per team, which means coaches can award a maximum of 15 full-ride scholarships to exactly 15 recruits. In NCAA Division 2, NAIA and JUCO programs, college coaches offer equivalency scholarships. These coaches have a pool of athletic aid and can divide their scholarships across several athletes. Therefore, many recruits will receive partial scholarships. Even though NCAA Division 3 programs can’t offer athletic scholarships, college coaches can work with the admissions department to create appealing financial aid packages made up of merit-based scholarships, need-based aid, grants and academic scholarships. It’s important for student-athletes to understand the financial aid opportunities at each division level.

Here’s everything you need to know when it comes to women’s basketball scholarships.

How to get recruited by women’s college basketball coaches

The recruiting process takes work. Student-athletes need to do research, create a communication strategy and successfully market themselves to college coaches. They should create a highlight video, email and call coaches, compete at tournaments and camps and take unofficial visits. This section breaks down the different steps in the process, so families know what to tackle—and when.

Here’s how to get recruited for women’s basketball.

Create a basketball recruiting video that will capture a coaches attention

Highlight videos are a must-have in the basketball recruiting process. College coaches rely on them to find interested student-athletes and build their list of potential prospects. Plus, they’re an effective tool for securing a second, more in-depth evaluation. This section explains how to make a highlight video and provides position-specific advice on what coaches want to see. 

Follow these guidelines to make your best highlight video. 

Find women’s basketball exposure camps and tournaments to attend 

After a highlight video, the best way to get evaluated by college coaches is to attend basketball camps and tournaments. However, with all the different options out there, knowing which events will positively impact a student-athlete’s recruiting can be a difficult task. From college basketball camps to exposure camps to elite camps, we break down the different opportunities to help families pick the right one.

Find the best women’s basketball camps.

View the complete list of colleges with women’s basketball programs

Most student-athletes are interested in NCAA Division 1 programs, but between the NCAA, NAIA and JUCO programs, almost 2,000 colleges offer women’s basketball. Families should consider a variety of factors outside of athletics when it comes to searching for colleges, including academics, campus life and college costs. This section breaks down every division so student-athletes can keep their options open.

See all the colleges that offer women’s basketball.

Important basketball recruiting websites and women’s basketball recruiting rankings

NCSA can provide student-athletes with an in-depth recruiting education, while ESPN is a great way to stay informed about news and major events in the women’s basketball community. For women’s basketball recruiting rankings, student-athletes can check out NCSA Power Rankings or the NCAA website. 

Check out NCSA Power Rankings of the best women’s basketball colleges.

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