Are you looking to compete for a women’s college basketball scholarship? If so, you will soon find out that the competition is very tough. There are thousands of high school basketball playing girls from across the country that you will have to compete with.
The basketball recruiting process typically begins during a prospect’s junior year. If the player is a true freak of nature (say a Brittney Griner), it can start even earlier. The college basketball scholarships process seems to be getting started earlier and earlier as players get exposure at earlier ages due to camps, off-season basketball, and the Elite Basketball Clinic.
As a part of the recruiting process, players will typically play AAU or similar basketball during the spring and summer and attend camps each year to be evaluated by college coaches. In recent years, top players attend elite level camps like the Nike Camp and are evaluated by many college coaches at the Elite Basketball Camp.
For blue chip or superstar basketball players (say a Breanna Stewart), recruitment will happen automatically. In other words, these players don’t really have to do anything to be recruited, it just happens. The word spreads quickly about these players, their level of athleticism, and their accomplishments on the court.
For the majority of high school basketball players, being recruited for college basketball scholarships does not happen that easily. For most players, it is a continuous work in progress as they try to get noticed and recruited by college basketball coaches. In fact, some excellent basketball players fly under the radar of college coaches each and every year.
If you find yourself in this situation and you are struggling to get the attention of coaches, one of the very best things you can do is to take control of your own recruiting. What do I mean by that? You need to take full responsibility for your own recruitment and market and promote yourself to coaches. Let the coaches know about your achievements on the court and how you can help their program be successful.
The very first step toward being recruited for college basketball scholarships is to put together an athletic resume. After you get a completed resume, send it out to all the basketball coaches you think you could play for. If you have the talent to play at their level of competition, they will be glad to hear from you.
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This article was contributed by Gary V. Hawkins, author of “Five Secrets You Must Know To Get Recruited For Athletic Scholarships.”
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