Basketball Scholarships

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.

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To date, we've sent over 35,000 young men and women to the US. Securing over £300 million in scholarship awards and finding a place for every single qualifying applicant.

Every year, thousands of student-athletes and their families come face-to-face with the difficult challenge of securing a scholarship to an American university. What they often discover is that navigating university options is stressful enough, and adding sports into the mix brings it to a whole new level.

Even for those who do a little recruiting homework, they are often left with more questions, very few simple answers and an uneasy feeling they are somehow falling behind.

At FirstPoint, we understand what you’re going through. Many of us have experienced first-hand what the scholarship recruiting experience is like—as players and as coaches. And that experience, combined with our advanced online technology, expansive college coach network and proven recruiting methods, helps thousands of student-athletes and their families take control of their recruiting experience.

Whether you are a first-year high school student or a national ranked athlete, FirstPoint helps take the stress of uncertainty out of your scholarship journey by putting a plan in place to help you find your best university options in the USA.


What our Student-Athletes say about us

Josh Mulhenny
"They've gone above and beyond "

Can't thank the guys at FirstPoint USA enough for helping my son get out to the US on a soccer scholarship. He's now in his second year in America and is loving it despite being homesick for the first few weeks! We spoke with multiple different companies before deciding which company to choose and although they weren't the cheapest, they've been with us every step of the way and only been a phone call or text message away if we had any issues. They never made any false promises or unrealistic expectations and delivered the service exactly as described. They've gone above and beyond to make sure we were well looked after every step of the way.

Sandra Mulhenny

Josh Hendry
"I couldn't be happier"

I couldn't be happier with my experience working with Firstpoint USA. Having just graduated from university in South Carolina, I am so grateful for the life changing experience and opportunities that have been available to me as an NCAA DI student athlete. None of which would have been possible without the expertise and knowledge of the staff at Firstpoint USA. Would highly recommend FPUSA to anyone thinking about going to university in the USA

Josh Hendry

Josh Mulhenny
"process has been made simple"

The FirstPointUSA team as a whole are excellent. The whole process has been made simple by their clear communication, especially Gemma Thomson who I worked with. The organisation in every aspect of their work is very good, and I would definitely recommend FirstPointUSA to anybody thinking about attaining a scholarship in the US..

Isaac Thomas

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

  • NCAA Division I has 335 colleges offering 15 scholarships per team
  • NCAA Division II has 298 colleges offering 10 Scholarships per team
  • NCAA Division III has 426 colleges with athletic scholarships unavailable
  • NAIA has 256 colleges offering 11 Scholarships per team
  • NJCAA (Junior College) has 519 colleges offering 15 Scholarships per team

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.

  • Point Guard
    • 5’8+ in NCAA DI
    • 5’6+ in NCAA DII
    • 5’5+ in NCAA DIII / NAIA
    • 5’6+ in NJCAA (Junior College)
  • Shooting Guard
    • 5’10+ in NCAA DI
    • 5’8+ in NCAA DII
    • 5’6+ in NCAA DIII / NAIA
    • 5’8+ in NJCAA (Junior College)
  • Small Forward
    • 5’11+ in NCAA DI
    • 5’10+ in NCAA DII
    • 5’8+ in NCAA DIII / NAIA
    • 5’9+ in NJCAA (Junior College)
  • Power Forward
    • 5’0+ in NCAA DI
    • 5’11+ in NCAA DII
    • 5’9+ in NCAA DIII / NAIA
    • 5’10+ in NJCAA (Junior College)
  • Center
    • 6’2+ in NCAA DI
    • 6’0+ in NCAA DII
    • 5’11+ in NCAA DIII / NAIA
    • 5’11+ in NJCAA (Junior College)

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