The NCSA is a recruiting service that matches enrolled high school athletes with interested college coaches.
Not too long ago the NCSA surveyed their database of student-athletes in order to find out why athletes commit to a particular school.
Here are the top 5 responses:
- Coaching staff
- Awarded a scholarship
- Culture (campus, social scene, reputation, etc.)
- Location of the school
- Cost of the school
What’s interesting to note is that academics, majors offered, or career preparation aren’t listed amongst the top reasons why athletes choose to attend a school.
Athletes seem to either forget or ignore the facts that coaches leave all the time and that scholarships can be rescinded and that it is much easier for those things to take place than it is for athletes to transfer.
With the Spring signing period just right around the corner, Senior basketball players everywhere (and their parents and coaches) should not make their decision based solely on emotions. (I know a player near my home town who made her college decision based on the fact that it might put her in a position to be reunited with an ex-boyfriend.)
Instead, the decision should be thoroughly thought out and all pros and cons carefully considered. The decisions made in the next month or so will undoubtedly have an effect on the rest of a student-athlete’s life.