Over the past 3 years the Global Squad has helped 25 players get recruited to play basketball by more than 100 colleges, universities, and prep schools. Basketball training and competition is the main attraction for our players, however we know parents are constantly pushing academic performance. While the Global Squad has been very successful placing international players into college basketball programs, what’s more impressive is how we’ve helped players get into top academic schools.
|Brad Johanson plays basketball for Ithaca College. He studies Broadcasting & Communications. Ithaca is ranked #3 in those categories among all US colleges.|
|Lawrence Lee plays basketball for Caltech. Lawrence plans to major in engineering. Caltech is ranked #4 among all US schools for engineering and ranks #10 for overall academics.|
Let’s face it, the competition to get into schools like Cal Tech, MIT, and Princeton are much higher than it is to play college basketball. The number of good students worldwide dwarfs the number of good basketball players. Moreover, the number of good students that are also good basketball players is extremely small.
When a perspective student applies to a school like Johns Hopkins University, they are competing against everyone that applies. College admissions offices look over thousands of applications that look nearly identical. The fact of the matter is this, everyone who applies to the top academic colleges have 2000+ SAT scores and 3.8 GPA’s or higher. They participate in the same extra curricular activities and write similar essays about “overcoming adversity”.
This is where basketball can make the difference. When a basketball recruit applies to a school, they are not compared to the entire body of applicants. Once the minimum standard for admission is reached, coaches can influence the final decision. Generally speaking, a basketball recruit with a 2000 SAT score and 3.8 GPA has a significant higher chance of getting into a high academic school than a student with the same score. In some cases, a basketball recruit can have scores well below the general student body and still get in, if the coaching staff recruits him.
As summer approaches, and parents begin to make summer plans, I hope everyone appreciates the competitive edge a program like the Global Squad provides. The Global Squad doesn’t just help players get into a school to play basketball. The Global squad helps players get into top academic schools with basketball contributing significant leverage.
We urge everyone to work smart this summer. Avoid wasting time and money. Avoid stressing to making marginal improvements to SAT scores. Avoid using the same college consultants that everyone uses. Your student-athlete’s competitive edge is to use basketball and the recruiting services of the Global Squad. This approach has proven successful year after year.
Below is a list of all the top academic schools that have recruited our players over the past 3-years. In almost every case, our players were guaranteed to get into college because of basketball, combined with academic achievements. Had they been forced to rely solely on academics, enrollment into these schools was far from a sure thing.
|Liberal Arts College Rankings
Nasser Al-Reyes is currently playing basketball in his freshmen season at Caltech. He also got recruited by:
Williams (#1), M.I.T. (#7), Haverford (#10), Wesleyan (#17)
Malekai Mischke recently committed to Carleton College (#7), class of ’18. He also got recruited by:
Sarah Lawrence (#11), St. Olaf (#52)
|#11||Sarah Lawrence College|
|#14||Washington & Lee College|
Matthew Hettel is currently playing basketball in his freshmen season at Kenyon. He also got recruited by:
Sarah Lawrence (#11), Denison (#51)
D’Ondre Stockman has yet to commit to college. Global Squad ’13 earned him recruiting interest from:
Wofford (#65), Washington (#97)
|#52||St. Olaf College|
|#61||St. Thomas Aquinas|
|U.S. National University Rankings
Fred Brondsted has yet to commit to college. Global Squad ’13 earned him recruiting interest from:
Harvard (#1), Colgate (#20), Kenyon (#32), Washington (#97)
|#5||University of Chicago|
Jenning Leung is currently in his freshmen season at McGill University, ranked #50 in the world. He also got recruited by:
Gettysburg (#50), Washington (#97)
|#23||Carnegie Mellon University|
|#32||New York University|
|#33||University of Rochester|
|#52||George Washington Univ.||
Bobby Roche has yet to commit to college. Global Squad ’13 earned him recruiting interest from:
Pomona (#6), Caltech (#10), UC Santa Cruz (#86)
|#76||University of Delaware|
|#82||University of Vermont|
|#83||Stony Brook University|
|#86||UC Santa Cruz|
|#91||Co. School of Mines||
Adam Holm-Weber has not yet commited to college. Global Squad ’13 earned him recruiting interest from:
Sarah Lawrence (#11), Trinity (#36), Vermont (#82), Stony Brook (#83)
|#128||U. of Illinois – Chicago|
|#141||George Mason University|
Parents and student-athletes that want to set themselves apart when applying to the top academic schools in the US are well served to join the Global Squad Academic Elite.