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How To Earn Your Scholarship

February 22, 2012
By ED Broderick of Todd County Central High School

If you’re like me, you’ve always dreamed of one day earning a scholarship to play basketball at the college level. The tough part for me was figuring out exactly how to make that dream a reality. What exactly adds up to a college scholarship? Is there a specific formula? We know that a2 +b2 = c2 and that 2 + 2 = 4. We even know that e=mc2 (even if we’re not exactly sure what that means). So, if we can figure all that out, then surely we can figure out the equation for a basketball scholarship! Is it talent + practice? Or is it height + basketball IQ?

Through my experience I learned that not everyone has the same equation. However, there are a couple of things that you can do to multiply your chances of earning a college scholarship.

1.Summer Basketball!

Exposure is a key ingredient in the scholarship recipe. Recruiters need a chance to see you in action. Coaches can’t recruit players they can’t see. Due to regulations, coaches are only allowed to recruit during certain times of the year. Summer basketball has become the most significant aspect of recruiting. Coaches can attend tournaments and camps where they have the opportunity to view as many as 300-400 players in one setting. The summer is your best opportunity to allow coaches to see your game. Join a club and make the most of your summers. Not only is it a great way to maximize your exposure, but also a great way to travel, have fun, and make life-long friends!

1.Be your own Recruiter

You have to be your own recruiter. Take your scholarship dream into your own hands. Don’t wait for colleges to contact you. In fact, don’t even wait for your coaches to contact colleges on your behalf. Send your schedules and game film to universities you like. Complete the questionnaires and mail them back! Believe it or not, coaches don’t have a magical roster with the names of all the basketball players in the nation. You have to help them out and let them know who you are and why they should recruit you.

1.Academic Success

Perhaps one of the most important things you can do to help your chances of earning a scholarship is maintaining good grades! You can play college basketball if you can’t get into college! It’s as simple as that. Maintaining a successful academic record is very important to coaches because it’s a good indication to them of what kind of student you will be in college. Take the ACTs and SATs early and often. Coaches aren’t going to wait around for one player to raise his/her grade point average. It’s on to the next one. Not only that, no one is guaranteed an athletic scholarship. Good grades are a great thing to fall back on. Having a successful academic record could lead to an academic scholarship or other great opportunities.

Whatever your scholarship equation might be, just remember to multiply it with summer basketball, a proactive approach to promoting your game, and academic success. It can only increase your odds

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