Eric Waardenburg, father of Sam Waardenburg who recently signed a Division 1 Scholarship to the University of Miami, has sent out a ‘tip sheet’ to the basketball community titled ‘A Guide to Obtaining a USA Basketball University Scholarship’. The document outlines advice that Mr Waardenburg says he would offer families who are entering the basketball college scholarship process for the first time.
Having gone through the process recently, Mr Waardenburg said it’s important for people to share their experience so other families can navigate through what can be a confusing time.
“I decided to write this document so that I could help to make the process of gaining a basketball scholarship easier for other parents and prospective student-athletes. I see so many people contributing to basketball in the community – referees, coaches, administrators – and as a non-baller, this is my way of making a contribution to that community. There are very good opportunities for our young players to gain scholarships in the USA, but it is so important that families are well-informed of the process from the outset,” says Mr Waardenburg.
“I believe that obtaining a scholarship is a team effort, including the player, parents or guardians, basketball clubs and the player's coaches, and their school. At some point, every one of those needs to contribute to the documentation, including the academic referees report, player amateurism report, and parent medical permissions.”
In the guide, Mr Waardenburg covers a framework that the family used to ask questions and what they would look at during their official visits to the school, including academics, accommodation, the basketball programme and the facilities, the campus and culture of the school, the climate, and the scholarship details.
The full document can be downloaded here.
Basketball New Zealand has partnered with Custom College Recruiting, which provides a service to guide players and families through the scholarship process - this service may also be of use to families seeking support. Read more about their service here.