Most competitive high school basketball players would love to take their basketball career to the college-level, and according to the NCAA, about 3.4% of players do.
If college basketball is your first dream, you probably also hope to earn an athletic scholarship to help you get there.
Doing so isn’t easy, only about 2% of high school athletes are awarded an athletic scholarship to compete in college.
According to the NCAA, “Divisions I and II schools provide more than $3 billion in athletics scholarships annually to more than 150,000 student-athletes. Division III schools, with more than 190,000 student-athletes, do not offer athletically related financial aid, but most student-athletes receive some form of academic grant or need-based scholarship.”
Earning some of that money isn’t a walk in the park—but it’s possible.
How? Attending college-hosted basketball camps is one way to boost your chances.
Many athletes receive offers and/or commit to a college while at camp. In fact, some schools host as many as 3-5 prospect camps each summer, giving serious athletes multiple chances to get noticed.
If attending a certain school and earning a basketball scholarship to do so is important to you, it’s a good idea to attend more than 1 camp—it shows your commitment and level of interest.
When attending basketball camp in pursuit of a scholarship, keep these things in mind and read our article for more tips on standing out at camp:
Get in touch with the coaches prior to attending camp. Let them know who you are, what position you play, what school you’re from, why you’re interested in their program, and what your ambitions are. If you walk into camp as an unknown, it’ll be harder to get noticed.
Make sure you’re interested in not only the basketball program—but the school itself. Does it have the field of study you’d like to pursue? Is it in an area you’re interested in living in? Choosing a college and a basketball program are two-way streets—you need to want them as much as they want you.
Prioritize your academics. It’s not just athletic abilities coaches pay attention to when choosing who to invest big scholarships in—they care about grades, too.
By attending prospect/ID camps, you’re boosting your chances of getting noticed and earning an athletic scholarship.
Not sure where to start? Set up your free Ryzer account today to find prospect camps at schools you’re interested in. Or, you can use the “Event Search” option within Ryzer to search for “Prospect/ID Camps” you’d like to attend.
You’ll receive personalized notifications as events become available and have easy access to registration. Finding your ideal camp couldn’t be easier.
Now, go get that scholarship.