Basketball Scholarship in the U.S.
Test yourself against America's best. Play full-time basketball whilst working towards a degree with a basketball scholarship.
College basketball in the U.S. is very popular with some games broadcast on both national and international television. The annual NBA draft sees the top performer college players selected to begin their professional career most recognised basketball league in the world.
Some of the NBA’s most famous names, including Michael Jordan (University of North Carolina), Stephen Curry (Davidson College) and James Harden (Arizona State University) all played at the college level before signing their first professional deals.
If you are passionate about furthering both your basketball career and education in America, we are keen to hear from you.
Competing at the collegiate level means you’ll be representing your school against some of the top amateur athletes in America. Universities actively recruit student athletes they feel will represent their school well both in the classroom and in the midst of competition.
Consider A Prep Year In America
With the high standard of basketball in America, basketball scholarships are extremely competitive.
It can be hard for international students to attract the interest of U.S. coaches due to the large number of talented players already in the U.S. An international basketball recruit would need to demonstrate that they significantly stronger than any potential domestic recruit that a U.S. coach could pursue.
One way in which students can look to overcome this is by moving to a prep school in the U.S.
A prep school would give students the opportunity to finish their high school education in America, whilst playing a competitive level of basketball. Students who have already graduated from high school also have the option to spend one year at a prep school, training and competing full-time in America to prove themselves to U.S. college coaches, which should help in their college recruitment.
If you would like to read more about the possibility of playing for a prep school in the States, please find out more here.
Notable Basketball Scholarship Graduates
There are many household names who progressed from student-athletes, playing college basketball to having successful professional careers. You can find out more about famous soccer graduates here:
- Michael Jordan played for the University of North Carolina from 1981 to 1984.
- He was singled out as the NCAA College Player of the Year in 1983 and in 1984.
- Jordan was a freshman on the 1982 Tar Heels team, where he played a pivotal role averaging 13.5 points per game and even hit the game-winning shot against Georgetown in the NCAA championship game.
- Curry attended Davidson College from 2006-2009 before turning pro after his junior season.
- In his freshman year, Stephen Curry 122 treys was the most ever by a freshman in a single season at the NCAA Division I level.
- The 2005/2006 season saw him become the first player in NBA history to be elected MVP by a unanimous vote and to lead the league in scoring while shooting above 50–40–90.
- Harden was a two-time first-team all-conference selection and in 2009, he was Pac-10 Player of the Year and a consensus All-American.
- The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Harden with the third overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, the second-highest draft position ever for an Arizona State player.
What Are We Looking For?
As mentioned above, basketball scholarships to the U.S. extremely competitive. As a result, we expect all basketball applicants to be competing at a national level in their respective country.
If you feel that you have what it takes to play college basketball in America and would like to play college basketball or at a prep school, we would ask you to submit the following information for a full evaluation:
- Video footage allows us to evaluate your ability
- Let U.S. coaches see how you could fit into their team
If you feel that you have what it takes to play college basketball in America, please submit your information via our online application form today.