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Division 2 Basketball Scholarships

by
author image Timothy Onkst
Based in Harker Heights, Texas, Timothy Onkst has been writing about sports, fitness and health since 2003. His articles have appeared in a variety of publications including "Texas Roundball" magazine, Yahoo Sports, Fox Sports and other websites.
Division 2 Basketball Scholarships
Prospective players could find scholarships in D2 basketball.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association, or NCAA, is the largest college athletics organization in the country. There are three levels of competition in NCAA college basketball, with Division 1 being the highest, then Division 2 and Division 3. Division 1 and Division 2 schools are both able to offer athletic scholarships in basketball.

Teams

According to D2Basketball.com, there are 282 NCAA Division 2 schools that play college basketball. These schools are spread out in 22 different conferences across the United States. Typically, Division 2 Schools are smaller than Division 1 schools in terms of enrollment. Division 2 schools have smaller budgets, usually are closer to their competitors and travel by bus, while Division 1 schools are often spread out and usually travel by plane.

Scholarships

NCAA Division 2 schools each offer 10 full scholarships in men's basketball. That is three fewer than Division 1 schools offer. Schools cannot split up or offer partial scholarships in men's basketball, so anyone who is on a scholarship counts against the limit of 10. Division 2 schools usually make up the extra players by having walk-ons, or players who are not on scholarship but are on the basketball team.

Academic Requirements

The academic requirements for eligibility in Division 2 in some cases are far less stringent than the Division 1 standards. According to the NCAA website, freshmen must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in high school, score at least an 820 on the SAT or at least a 68 on the ACT. In addition, the NCAA website notes that to be eligible as a freshman, you must also complete 14 core courses in high school. The biggest difference in Division 2 eligibility comes with athletes who transfer from junior colleges. Division 1 transfers who were not qualifiers out of high school are required to graduate from junior colleges to be eligible, but Division 2 athletes do not have that requirement as long as the athlete earned at least a 2.0 GPA and earned an average of 12 hours per term at the junior college.

Athletic Skills

In some cases, Division 2 schools will have basketball players who are not quite good enough to play at the Division 1 level. However, many Division 2 schools are better than the smallest Division 1 programs because they are allowed to take junior college players who would have been good enough to help Division 1 teams but could not qualify. Division 2 college basketball is very competitive, and many players go on to play professionally from the Division 2 level.

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