Timeline Major Dates

Understanding the typical recruiting timeline is important to your successful search. Recruiting for basketball starts early, with coaches making verbal commitments as early as freshman year (fortunately still a rarity). The timeline below includes the major dates of which you should be aware.


NCAA Timeline

All Divisions
DI & DII
DIII
Freshman
Laying a Foundation
Jul-Aug      
Sep-Dec    
Jan-Jun Register on target schools' Athletic and Admission website    
Sophomore
Defining Priorities & Capabilities
Jul-Aug    
Sep-Dec      
Jan-Jun      
Junior
Getting a Match
Jul-Aug Register with NCAA Clearinghouse  
Sep-Dec Take SAT and/or ACT Coaches can email and call you after Sept 1  
Jan-Jun   Many DI programs done allocating athletic scholarships by end of junior year.  
Senior
Sealing the Deal
Jul-Aug   Coaches go to admissions for "Early Reads"
Sep-Dec Official visits start after 1st day of classes Ivy League schools send out "Likely Letters  
Jan-Jun   National Letter of Intent Signing in February  
  = Coaches evaluating you play
  = Heaviest period of commitments



Freshman Year >>> Sophomore Year >>> Junior Year >>> Senior Year