There are over 1 million men’s and women’s high school basketball players in the USA and thousands more internationally. On average, only 50,000 are able to receive basketball scholarships. Having a, high-quality, skills and highlight videos is a prerequisite to getting a coach interested in recruiting you.
If you have a desire to have a college basketball recruiter offer you a scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 basketball, you’re not alone. Nearly 4,500 players are on scholarship at the Division 1 men’s level while there are over 5,000 women basketball players with full rides to play college hoops.
NCAA Division 2 basketball scholarships are a bit trickier to figure out as these collegiate programs are permitted to offer full or partial scholarships to student-athletes. If you are one of the best players being recruited to play basketball at the D2 level, a college recruiter may offer you a ‘full’ scholarship to cover all college-related expenses. If not, you could be offered any variety of options (half-tuition with meals, e.g.).
The NCAA only mandates the total amount of scholarship monies per basketball program not go over the equivalent of 10 full scholarships for men or 10 full scholarships for women. College recruiters follow the same type guidelines in offering you a scholarship from NAIA schools. The better the athlete you are the higher the offer you could receive. Athletic scholarships offered to D1, D2 and NAIA programs, women’s and men combined, total over $2 billion.
The NCAA requires universities and colleges at the D1 level to offer only ‘full’ scholarships in men’s and women’s basketball. Men’s programs are restricted to 13 scholarships while women’s program rosters have 15 full scholarship players. An interesting point for you to know about full scholarship awards at the NJCAA (Junior College) D1 level is the total offering includes transportation costs one time per year to and from the college by direct route. NCAA D2 and NAIA may offer full or partial scholarship monies to college basketball recruits. While NCAA Division 3 schools are not permitted to offer athletic scholarships you can also benefit from earning academic and merit scholarships available to all students registering to attend those institutions.
These are the general guidelines for size requirements coaches look for in a basketball player. If you fall outside of these marks it doesn’t mean you can’t play at that level only that it might be more difficult.