Recruiting: NOTHING IS GIVEN, EVERYTHING IS EARNED
We will work very hard with each family to find a college for any player who wishes to play basketball at the next level. Please let us know if this is your families intention. College coaches can not initiate contact with any player until after their Sophomore year in June but players and their families can initiate contact with colleges of their choice that they are pursuing. The recruiting process requires that families are diligent toward communicating with colleges they are interested in attending.
Here are some basics that need to be addressed in recruiting:
1) Playing basketball at the college level is demanding and only players who love the game and love to be in the gym at all times should consider it. Grades are extremely important and you must be eligible to enter into college.
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The requirements are changing for students who enroll full time at an NCAA Division I school after August 1, 2016.
Students must graduate high school and meet ALL the following requirements:
- Complete 16 core courses:
- Four years of English
- Three years of math (Algebra 1 or higher)
- Two years of natural/physical science (including one year of lab science if your high school offers it)
- One additional year of English, math or natural/physical science
- Two years of social science
- Four additional years of English, math, natural/physical science, social science, foreign language, comparative religion or philosophy
- Complete 10 core courses, including seven in English, math or natural/physical science, before the seventh semester. Once students begin their seventh semester, they may not repeat or replace any of those 10 courses to improve their core-course GPA.
- Earn at least a 2.3 GPA in their core courses.
- Earn an SAT combined score or ACT sum score matching their core-course GPA on the Division I sliding scale, which balances their test score and core-course GPA. If students have a low test score, they need a higher core-course GPA to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible. If they have a low core-course GPA, they need a higher test score to be eligible.
2) College coaches will take reliable sources about prospects and go to watch those kids at AAU tournaments and summer camps. Rarely do they try to discover new talent at one of these summer events or to a high school game during the season. Therefore if you are not on a ranked player list, you will need to initiate your own recruiting led by your family and our coaching staff to help make the contacts.
To Get Recruited
- Send letter to college in which you are interested
- Have a 3-5 min video
- Include the game schedule (link to website)
- Profile Sheet: ACT, GPA, Honors, Coach Contact Info
- Follow-up with phone call
- “You create yourself and make others accept that.”
Click here for College Basketball Recruiting Calendar
3) Make a list of colleges you want to play at with 3 categories; wishful thinking, level appropriate, and back up plan. When selecting your potential schools, you should consider; School Size, Student to Faculty Ratio, Planned Major/Minor, Location, Playing Time and Culture. Once you identify colleges you would like to attend,
There are over 1700 colleges that offer financial athletic packages. About 340 are Division 1 and the over 1360 other colleges are D2, D3, NAIA and NJCAA. D2 have athletic scholarships. D3 can provide other types of financial packages for academics and other criteria.
4) Why are GPA and ACT scores important? It is the funnel affect. If you have a 4.0 GPA and a 36 ACT score, you would be eligible to play at any college in the country! As GPA and ACT scores lower, the opportunities lower as well. All college coaches recruiting players always first ask what the player GPA and ACT scores are to first determine if recruiting the player is worth their time and effort and if it’s even possible. The academic and character questions come first from college coaches because nothing else matters unless you are eligible to attend their university and have a great attitude. There is a sliding scale that shows your eligibility based on your GPA and ACT scores (click on standards below.)
For GPA, the Core GPA is used, not just total GPA. Core GPA is you grade point average in NCAA approved Math, Science, Social Studies, English and Foreign Language classes. Click here for a list of these classes at Skyline.
5) Have your highlight video and game footage video online or in a format that college coaches can get to easily.
6) Student athletes that are interested in playing at the college level must register with the NCAA Clearinghouse. NCAA registration should be done during or prior to Junior Year. The requirements are changing on a yearly basis and the links below will help to give you all the important up to date information.
Click below for a Quick Reference Guide of student academic requirements for NCAA Eligibility
When registering for the NCAA Clearinghouse, you will need to have
- Email Address you check regularly for information
- Education History with all high schools attended and the dates you attended
- Transcript of grades with overall GPA and core GPA. Core GPA only includes math, science, english and social studies classes. Also need details pertaining to any coursework you took in addition to normal high school experience of classes taken to improve a grade, summer school courses at location other than home high school, college courses or online courses.
- Sports participation history includes details for any teams you have practices or played or certain events in which you may have participated as well as information about any individuals that have advised you or marketed your sills in a particular sport.
- Payment. Some individuals may qualify to apply for a fee waiver.
All players must know their
- Overall GPA to 3 decimal points
- Core GPA to 3 decimal points
- ACT score or the date that it will be taken
GIVE YOURSELF THE MOST OPPORTUNITIES!
Sending your Transcripts to a College
Register For Your Free Account
- Visit www.parchment.com
- Click on Sign Up
- Build your profile and enter basic enrollment information and get your Parchment Registration Code.
- Complete student waiver and transmit authorization; then accept the use agreement.
Request Your Transcript
- Log into your parchment.com account
- Search for and select destination
- Confirm destination and delivery
- Submit payment if necessary
- Order is confirmed!
Track Your Transcript
- Log into your parchment.com account
- n the top navigation bar, click My Transcripts
- In the secondary navigation bar, click Track
- he next screen shows your past and current requests with status (such as mailed, downloaded by receiving school, hold and cancelled.)