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(Based on the results of a study completed by NCSA Recruiting Network)

Average Characteristics for Each Position, by Division:

NCAA DIVISION I:

Point Guard

  • Division I
    • 6’0” +
    • Elite ball handling skills
    • Elite passing skills
    • Displays excellent floor leadership
    • Ability to hit open shots from the perimeter
    • Exceptional court awareness
    • Superior athleticism and lateral quickness
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 12 PPG
  • Division II
    • 5’11” +
    • Very good ball handling skills
    • Very good passing skills
    • Displays good floor leadership
    • Ability to hit open shots from the perimeter
    • Exceptional court awareness
    • Very good athleticism and lateral quickness
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 12 PPG

  • Division III
    • 5’8” +
    • Good ball handling skills
    • Good passing skills
    • Displays good floor leadership
    • Ability to hit open shots from the perimeter
    • Good court awareness
    • Good athleticism and lateral quickness
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 10 PPG
  • NAIA Division I
    • 5’11” +
    • Very good ball handling skills
    • Very good passing skills
    • Displays good floor leadership
    • Ability to hit open shots from the perimeter
    • Very good court awareness
    • Very good athleticism and lateral quickness
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 12 PPG 
  • NAIA Division II
    • 5’10” +
    • Very good ball handling skills
    • Very good passing skills
    • Displays good floor leadership
    • Ability to hit open shots from the perimeter
    • Good court awareness
    • Good athleticism and lateral quickness
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Minimum of 10 PPG 

Shooting Guard

  • Division I
    • 6’2″ +
    • Excellent shooter from the perimeter
    • Exceptional athleticism and very good lateral quickness
    • Good passing skills
    • Good ball handling skills
    • Scoring ability from different areas on the floor
    • Good court awareness
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 12 PPG
  • Division II
    • 6’1” +
    • Excellent shooter from the perimeter
    • Very good athleticism with very good lateral quickness
    • Good passing skills
    • Good ball handling skills
    • Scoring ability from different areas on the floor
    • Good court awareness
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 12 PPG
  • Division III
    • 5’11″ +
    • Excellent shooter from the perimeter
    • Good athleticism and good lateral quickness
    • Good passing skills
    • Good ball handling skills
    • Scoring ability from different areas on the floor
    • Good court awareness
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 10 PPG
  • NAIA Division I
    • 6’1″ +
    • Excellent shooter from the perimeter
    • Very good athleticism and very good lateral quickness
    • Good passing skills
    • Good ball handling skills
    • Scoring ability from different areas on the floor
    • Good court awareness
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 12 PPG
  • NAIA Division II
    • 6’0” +
    • Exceptional shooter from the perimeter
    • Good athleticism and good lateral quickness
    • Good passing skills
    • Good ball handling skills
    • Scoring ability from different areas on the floor
    • Good court awareness
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 10 PPG

Small Forward

  • Division I
    • 6’4″ +
    • Extremely athletic with good lateral quickness
    • Versatile skills
    • Scoring ability from different areas on the floor
    • Min. 12 PPG 
  • Division II
    • 6’4″ + 
    • Good athleticism and good lateral quickness
    • Versatile skills
    • Scoring ability from different areas on the floor
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 12 PPG 
  • Division III
    • 6’2″ + 
    • Athletic
    • Versatile skills
    • Scoring ability from different areas on the floor
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 10 PPG 
  • NAIA Division I
    • 6’3″ + 
    • Good athleticism and good lateral quickness
    • Versatile skills
    • Ability to score the basketball from different areas on the floor
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 12 PPG 
  • NAIA Division II
    • 6’2″ +) 
    • Good athleticism
    • Versatile skills
    • Scoring ability from different areas on the floor
    • Ability to break defenders down off the dribble
    • Min. 10 PPG 

Power Forward

  • Division I
    • 6’7″ +
    • Ability to play with back to the basket or facing the basket
    • Elite rebounding skills
    • Extremely athletic
    • Ability to run the floor extremely well
    • Minimum of 12 PPG 
  • Division II
    • 6’6″ +
    • Ability to play with back to the basket or facing the basket
    • Elite rebounding skills
    • Very Athletic
    • Ability to run the floor well
    • Min. 12 PPG 
  • Division III
    • 6’4″ + 
    • Ability to play with back to the basket
    • Good rebounding skills
    • Athletic
    • Ability to run the floor well
    • Minimum of 10 PPG 
  • NAIA Division I
    • 6’4″ + 
    • Ability to play with back to the basket or facing the basket
    • Very good rebounding skills
    • Very Athletic
    • Ability to run the floor well
    • Minimum of 12 PPG 
  • NAIA Division II
    • 6’4″ + 
    • Ability to play with back to the basket
    • Good rebounding skills
    • Athletic
    • Ability to run the floor well
    • Minimum of 10 PPG 

Center

  • Division I
    • 6’9″ + 
    • Ability to play with back to the basket
    • Very good rebounding skills
    • Ability to run the floor extremely well
    • Extremely athletic
    • Min. 12 PPG (or less for players 6’10” +) 
  • Division II
    • 6’7″ + 
    • Ability to play with back to the basket
    • Very good rebounding skills
    • Ability to run the floor well
    • Very athletic
    • Min. 12 PPG (or less for players 6’8” +) 
  • Division III
    • 6’5″ + 
    • Ability to play with back to the basket
    • Good rebounding skills
    • Ability to run the floor
    • Athletic
    • Min. 10 PPG (or less if 6’7” +) 
  • NAIA Division I
    • 6’7″ +
    • Ability to play with back to the basket
    • Very good rebounding skills
    • Ability to run the floor well
    • Very Athletic
    • Min. 12 PPG (or less for players 6’9” +) 
  • NAIA Division II
    • 6’5″ + 
    • Ability to play with back to the basket
    • Good rebounding skills
    • Ability to run the floor well
    • Athletic
    • Min. 10 PPG (or less for players 6’7” +)

Preferred Grades for All Divisions:
3.0 GPA

24 ACT

1000 SAT (on 1600 point scale)
(No scores needed for underclassmen)

Importance of Statistics for College Basketball Recruits:

NCSA Recruiting Network recently surveyed DI, DII, DIII, NAIA and JUCO Men’s Basketball Coaches about the degree to which statistics impact reviews of college recruits.  Overall results suggested that coaches highly value statistics, from average points and rebounds per game to assists.  As such, it’s necessary to keep information updated as much as you can, particularly when your stats are improving.

Level of Play Importance of Statistics* Avg. Points
Per Division
Avg. Rebounds Per Division Avg. Assists Per Division
NCAA I 4.00 out of 5.00 12.3 6.2 4.2
NCAA II 3.31 out of 5.00 12.0 3.6 3.1
NCAA III 3.27 out of 5.00 10.9 5.9 3.8
NAIA 3.60 out of 5.00 10.5 4.7 2.7
JUCO 3.23 out of 5.00 11.9 5.0 3.9

* Scale of 1.00 – 5.00, with 5 being Very Important

Although statistics are an important factor, they do not tell the entire story, especially in regards to specific positions and overall playing performance. Our feedback indicates that coaches are looking for wing players to be able to score, point guards to distribute and lead and post players with great size, footwork and hands. In some instances, these skill sets are as important, if not more important to college coaches than statistics. Level of competition also plays an important role in stats. In addition, work ethic, attitude, leadership and a winning mentality are all factors that gain the attention of college coaches.

NCSA reminds players that AAU is one of the biggest recruiting tools for college coaches. Finding a quality AAU team that competes nationally will allow student-athletes to gain maximum exposure.

Basketball by the Numbers

Schools with Basketball Programs
NCAA Division I 346
NCAA Division II 289
NCAA Division III 416
NAIA 260
Junior College 434
Total 1,745
Average # of Athletic Scholarships, per school
NCAA Division I 13
NCAA Division II 10
NAIA Division I 11
NAIA Division II 6
NJCAA 15
Total Student-Athlete Participation
NCAA Division I 5,129
NCAA Division II 4,644
NCAA Division III 7,138
NAIA 3,523
Junior College 6,787
HS Student-Athletes 545,145

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