U.S college basketball is arguably more popular than ever, especially following the Netflix series the Last Dance, which means it is a really attractive option for many talented student-athletes worldwide. Naturally this means competition for places can be extremely high, which is why using a recruitment consultancy like U.S Sports Scholarships can give you a real advantage. To increase your chances of securing the best basketball scholarship possible it is also important that you have strong basketball and academic credentials. Key elements of the process that can impact how successful you are in securing a scholarship include; your academic qualifications, entrance exam scores, playing history and basketball match highlights. Below we have given you the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive about securing a football scholarship in America.
What is an U.S athletic basketball scholarship?
An athletic basketball scholarship is a form of scholarship to attend a U.S college or university awarded to an individual based on their academic and athletic capabilities. A basketball scholarship can cover anywhere between 0-100% of costs and these offers are authorised by the coaches at American colleges/universities.
What determines how much scholarship I get in the USA?
Your scholarship will depend on many factors including your playing ability and academic standing, as well as your coaches assigned budget for the season. However, don’t worry it is our job to ensure that we find you an American college which best suits your preferences and capabilities. If, for example, a university costs $50,000 a year all in and the coach is giving you a scholarship worth $42,000, then this is a partial scholarship as there is a $8,000 shortfall that the coach wants you to contribute towards the costs of attending the university. Most partial scholarships come with the incentive that if you perform well, both on the court and in the classroom, then the coach can reward you with a scholarship increase and cover any costs that you had been contributing towards.
Does basketball offer full scholarships?
The level of scholarship granted is fundamentally dependent on what the coach of the American college wants to offer. A 100% scholarship or ‘full ride’ covers the costs of tuition and fees, room and board, and textbooks, leaving only incidental costs to pay for the student-athlete. In this case, 100% of the costs are covered and it can be worth up to a staggering $400,000 over four years. At U.S Sports Scholarships, one in every four of our athletes will receive a full scholarship.
Can a basketball player go on to play professional basketball in the NBA after graduating from University?
NBA teams do draft college players into their rosters after they have completed their University education and therefore for top level student-athletes playing in the NBA is definitely a realistic opportunity; however, competition for places is understandably extremely competitive. In fact under 2% of basketball players at NCAA schools do go on to play in the NBA. That being said, at U.S Sports Scholarships we are firm believers that if you are good enough you will get picked up and playing at college in America for four years gives you the perfect platform to get spotted.
How do I find out more about U.S Basketball Scholarships?
To find out more about the soccer scholarship process, fill out our form and a U.S Sports Scholarships consultant will be in touch to answer any questions you may have. Alternatively, you can register for one of our UK Basketball Information Days where our expert team will deliver a detailed presentation that will provide you with information on the entire process and how we can help you with securing a basketball scholarship. If this is of interest please complete our free online application now.