Black Girls Code

I have always struggled with sharing information about myself beyond basketball.. However after listening to the founder of Black Girls Code speak today, I’ve decided to share more of the other side of me.. The information Kimberly Bryant exposed me to today was shocking.. Yet it shouldn’t have because I’ve been living it for almost 20 years. First I want to say that the founder of the international organization, Black Girls Code, is from Memphis. She graduated from Central High School and she got an Engineering degree from Vanderbilt…Second I want to share the other side of me…. Basketball is my passion.. Everybody knows that…LOL… However, my career for over 17 years has been in Information Technology more specifically in web development…. My business degree from the University of Memphis is in Management Information Systems.


  After learning the numbers today on the decrease of women getting degrees in computer science (and getting involved in Technology), I decided that I have to use my voice. I have to let the young ladies in my city, from my neighborhood and that look up to me because of basketball, know that although I excelled in basketball, I talk about basketball, I preach do this and do that in basketball…ACADEMICS was always my Number 1 priority.. cagpa In high school, If I didn’t score a certain amount of points my coach was upset with me.. But if I didn’t have AT LEAST a 3.6 GPA each 6 weeks, I was upset with myself. I grew up in Bethel Grove; lived in The Airways Apartments, The Skylane, Kimble Cabana, The Windsor; hung out in the Pendleton Place and Lamar Terrace; attended Bethel Grove Elementary, Sherwood Jr High, Hamilton High School and was bused to Newberry Elementary AND I HAVE AN OVER 17 YEAR CAREER in Information Technology.. If you only knew MY STORY. I mentioned before—I have a Testimony!!! As I reflect, I’m amazed at myself… img_6222 When I first heard that the founder of Black Girls Code, Kimberly Bryant, was from Memphis. I got so excited. Then I learned that she would be speaking at a conference that I was attending.. So you know I had to meet her.. BUT— I never expected the impact her speech would have on me….. Never!!!

Do You Understand Your Level of Recruitment?


Basketball season is almost here. This means you have went through the spring evaluation period, the summer evaluation period and now the fall evaluation period. (Or have you?)

During this time of the year, college coaches are hosting high school seniors (and other classes unofficially),  taking trips to high school gyms, and homes of high school juniors and seniors. So this is a great time to evaluate your recruitment level. Especially, if you are a junior or senior and have not been involved in any of these activities.

NCSA Athletic Recruiting created a good tool to help you assess your level of recruitment. When NCSA released this on their blog, in-home visits to juniors was not active. So, I added in-home visits in red.

Remember, this is just a tool to give you an idea of recruitment levels and give you a perspective on where your recruitment is.

Heavily Recruited

Athletes are top-tier recruits who will likely go on to compete at the Division I level. The recruiting process for these high-level athletes is outlined below.
Freshmen – At least one scholarship offer. Receive an abundance of letters from coaches, questionnaires, camp invites and admissions information, and generous amounts of letters asking you to call or email.
Sophomores – Several scholarship offers and unofficial visit invites. Overflow of letters and evaluation at high school games and spring/summer/fall tournaments.
Juniors – 10 or more scholarship offers and 10 or more unofficial visits. Pre-evaluation from admissions. Multiple calls from coaches and askings for a verbal commitment.  Several In-home visits.
Seniors A lot of In-home visits. National Letter of Intent signing during the early signing period.

Seriously Recruited

Athletes are high-level recruits who will certainly play sports at the college level.
Freshmen – Receive a fair amount of letters from coaches, questionnaires, camp invites and admissions information, and some letters asking you to call or email.
Sophomores – At least one scholarship offer. Abundance of letters, questionnaires and letters inviting you to call or email. Evaluation at high school games and spring/summer/fall tournaments.
Juniors – 5 or more scholarship offers and 5 or more unofficial visits. Handwritten letters from coaches. Pre-evaluation from admissions. A few calls. Some In-home visits.
Seniors – 10 or more offers and at least one official visit. Several In-home visits

Moderately Recruited

Athletes may not end up at the Division I level, but there’s a good chance that they’ll find the right fit at Division II or Division III.
Freshmen – Some letters and questionnaires from coaches, a few camp invites and some admissions information.
Sophomores – A generous amount of letters, camp invites, admissions information, and questionnaires.
Juniors – A few scholarship offers. A few handwritten letters and some calls. Evaluation at spring/summer/fall tournaments. Possible In-home visits.
Seniors – Less than 10 scholarship offers and less than 10 official visit invites. Pre-evaluation from admissions. Some In-home visits.

Lightly Recruited

Athletes need to draw more attention to themselves, if they want to earn scholarship offers.
Freshmen – A few letters from coaches and a few camp brochures.
Sophomores – Several letters from coaches. Some camp invites, admissions info and questionnaires.
Juniors – A couple of handwritten letters and a few questionnaires. A few evaluations at spring/summer/fall tournaments.
Seniors – 3 or more offers and 3 or more official invites. Some unofficial invites and some invitations to walk-on. An In-home visit or 2.

Not Recruited

Athletes aren’t on the radar either because they haven’t reached out to college coaches, or they don’t realistically have the athletic ability to play at the collegiate level.
Freshmen – No recruiting materials.
Sophomores – A few camp brochures.
Juniors – Some camp invites, admissions information and questionnaires.
Seniors – Camp and tryout invite, admissions packets and unofficial visit offers only.


Girls Basketball Recruiting Workshops by Patosha Jeffery
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