We are well into the final recruitment period for JUCO players for University scholarships year 2011-12. To this point 19 scholarships(16 D-1) have been offered. Based on the approximate figure 1200 total California JUCO players playing this year, only 1.58% of these players have been offered a scholarship. The figures for Cal JUCO come from DR’s website which I have found to be the only up to date and accurate site available. http://www.angelfire.com/sports/jc/signings12.html
The spreadsheet above shows, by final ranking of the Cal JUCO teams for 2011-12, the teams have placed their student athletes in universities with scholarships. To date Antelope Valley College, ranked 10th in the State and in the State Tournament final 4, leads all teams in D-1 scholarships and total scholarships.
Surprisingly to some, two teams that were in the state tournament final 4, Citrus and state champion Fresno State has not placed a player with a University scholarship. Both of these teams have been very successful in the unique style of basketball called “Dribble Drive” or “Dunken and 3” based on a generally guard based team.
I expect that the majority of D-1 scholarships for 2011-12 players have been offered. However, I believe that D-2 and NAIA scholarships will be increasing in the next few weeks as soon as these schools complete their recruitment of D-1 kickbacks and grade issue high school players.
Finally, there seems to be an interesting discrepancy in JUCO player talent evaluation between University and JUCO coaches. You would expect that the 1st team state players voted on by the JUCO coaches would have high correlation with university scholarships offered. As you can see there is little or none. Could it be that the JUCO coaches criteria for 1st team state players is based more on political criteria than basketball talent? Just a thought.
I will keep you informed on the scholarships offered as they change.