2015-16 Guide for the College-Bound Student Athlete for Division 1 and 2

How to Use This Guide
This guide answers important questions for four groups of people involved in the NCAA
initial-eligibility process:
• High school students who hope to compete in college sports at an NCAA Division I
or II school;
• Parents, guardians and family members of high school students;
• High school counselors and athletics administrators; and
• High school and nonscholastic coaches.

Where can you find answers to your questions about
NCAA eligibility?
Find answers to many typical questions about NCAA eligibility by:
• Reading this guide;
• Visiting the Resources section of eligibilitycenter.org;
• Visiting NCAA.org/playcollegesports;
• Searching Frequently Asked Questions at NCAA.org/StudentFAQ; and/or
• Calling the NCAA Eligibility Center.

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5 Reasons Why You Aren’t Being Highly Recruited

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You’ve been selected First Team All-District, you’re the captain of your team and your parents are telling you a college scholarship is inevitable.

The problem is, you haven’t heard from very many colleges, and you aren’t really interested in the ones that have contacted you. You sit in class every day wondering why college coaches aren’t calling you, texting you or coming to watch your games. You have been assured time and again that the college coaches will find you, but you are getting a little impatient.

Here is the reality… Only 1% of high school athletes are “highly recruited.” It is not uncommon for an athlete with exceptional skills and stats to go unnoticed, especially by

NCAA Division II, Division III or NAIA schools that have limited recruiting budgets. There are many reasons why you might not be highly recruited, but let’s talk about the five most common ones.

  1. You believe someone else is taking care of recruiting for you

Here is a comment we heard from a parent just last week. “Oh, we don’t need to worry about contacting colleges; Emily plays for the Shockers and her coach is taking care of it.” Most coaches want to see their players make it to the next level, but don’t ever assume they will find you a college scholarship.

Earning a college scholarship can be a life-changing event. Why leave something so important in the hands of someone else?  The recruiting process is your responsibility. High school and select coaches can help, but they may not have the time or even know-how to help.

High school coaches are an important contributor in your development as an athlete; they can vouch for your character and can give college coaches an honest evaluation of your abilities. The rest is on you.

  1. You don’t completely understand the process

The first time a high school athlete goes through recruiting is the last time he or she will go through recruiting. Therefore, it is understandable that you don’t understand the process.

You need to know that if you aren’t being highly recruited, you have to figure out how to get noticed. It’s not that hard, and you don’t have to invest a lot of time.

The more you understand the recruiting process, the better chance you have to land a scholarship. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Understand how college coaches evaluate talent in your sport.
  • Start the process as early as your freshman year in high school.
  • Read the rules on communication with college coaches.
  • Understand why grades are important.
  • Don’t be bashful about reaching out to coaches.
  • Familiarize yourself with the terms (contact period, quiet period, dead period, official and unofficial visits, etc.).
  • Review the NCAA guide regarding academic preparation. 
  1. You aren’t really being proactive

The definition of proactive is “creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than responding to it after it has happened.” Being proactive in recruiting does not mean sending out a few emails to college coaches and waiting for the scholarship offers to roll in the door.

If you aren’t being highly recruited yet, then to some extent your recruiting process is a numbers game. The more appropriate colleges you reach out to, the better your chance of finding a scholarship. You might find that perfect fit with your first email, or it might not happen until you contact your twentieth college.

  1. You haven’t asked your coach to be involved

Your current coach can make a difference in your recruiting experience. He or she is a credible source for a college coach with respect to your athletic abilities and your character. If your coach can be available if and when a college coach calls or emails, that is a big help. If you are lucky and your coach wants to be involved, accept the help.

Either way, you need to have a credible reference for college coaches to contact. If your current coach doesn’t have the time, then use a summer coach, a skills coach or even an opposing coach who has seen you play. Most coaches want to help their players. Don’t be afraid to ask them.

  1. You aren’t being realistic

Being realistic about who you are as an athlete and a student is probably the hardest part of the recruiting process. Unfortunately, it is also the most important part.

If you aren’t pursuing appropriate colleges, you are wasting your time.

First, make sure that you academically qualify for the colleges you are pursuing. Sure, there might be a little academic “room” for an athlete, but if you are an average student with average test scores, scratch Stanford off your list.

Second, make sure the schools on your list of colleges are a match athletically. If you don’t have any other way to determine which schools to pursue, ask your current coach for an honest evaluation and be prepared for an honest answer. Most athletes already know how they stack up, so your coach’s answer shouldn’t be a surprise. It is okay to have “stretch” schools on your list, but you need to focus on the ones where you have the best chance of earning a scholarship.

College recruiting isn’t rocket science. A lot of it is common sense. If you are currently being “under-recruited,” then spend some time researching the process, be realistic about your abilities and be persistent in the process.

End of Season Checkup

Basketball Season is winding down. Before you get started with AAU/Travel team activities, here are some things for you to consider.

Document Basketball Season Statistics

If you don’t already have them, write down your statistics from this season. Knowing your statistics provides motivation for you to work on your individuals skills during the off season and helps you prepare goals for next season. Also, college coaches first point of contact with a player they are interested in is a prospective student-athlete questionnaire. The questionnaire may ask for your season’s stats. You will already have it handy.

Memphis-Area AAU/Travel Team Tryout Information

Use a computer or tablet/IPad to get tryout information at www.MemphisGirlsBasketball.com. It will be listed near the top of the page.

ACT

Registration deadline is March 13th for the April 18th date. The last test date for the 2014-15 period is June 13, 2015.

Basketball Development

I will kick off Individual Training Sessions March 14 for girls 7 years old and up that’s interested in learning the game. I also offer sessions to players that’s already on the school team but wants to work extra on fundamental development including agility, left and right hand ball handling, shooting techniques and game situations.

Spring Evaluation Period

The Spring Evaluation Period is quickly approaching. The dates are April 24-26. This is the first time period of 2015 that you can play in front of Division I college coaches at NCAA-certified events. Most players attend these events (tournaments) with a team, however, their are events (camps/showcases) available for individuals not on a team.

With the Spring Evaluation Period a few weeks away, there’s still time to start preparing. My How to Prepare for the Basketball Evaluation Period video is a great resource for teams and individuals. It provides tools and tips to help you make the most out of attending these events.

E.L.I.T.E. Academy

The E.L.I.T.E Academy has been a dream of mine for years. I grew up during a time when players got more out of camps than just playing in basketball games. There was an academic piece, a life skills piece, a skill development piece and some basketball games to play.

The E.L.I.T.E. Academy is designed to have the players talking about more than how many points they scored in a game. They will leave talking about how they were inspired by someone’s story. They will leave talking about their dreams and aspirations. The will leave with a bigger picture of what they can accomplish in basketball, through basketball and after basketball.

To learn more about the E.L.I.T.E. Academy, click here

NCAA Initial-Eligibility Requirements

Use the NCAA Eligibility Center Quick Reference Guide to do a quick review of the Core Courses, Test Scores, and Grade Point Average requirements for initial eligibility for DI and II.

2014-15 Guides for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

Get some of your questions answered about recruitment and academic requirements to play at the different levels:

Division I and II
NAIA
NJCAA