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Best Basketball Colleges

By Next College Student Athlete, 10/30/19, 8:15PM CDT

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NCSA Power Rankings helps student-athletes identify the right fit athletically, academically, socially and financially.

NCSA Power Rankings are based on a proprietary analysis of NCSA Favorites data obtained from the college search activity of the over 2 million student-athletes on the NCSA recruiting network, U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges, IPEDS graduation rates, and IPEDS average cost after aid. The goal of these rankings is to help families find the right college fit athletically, academically, socially and financially.

Best Men’s Basketball Colleges

NCAA D1 colleges have more than 1,300 courts available to compete on. Where will you go? NCSA Power Rankings provides rankings across the divisions. Recruits can get started on their list of potential schools by checking out our top five rankings below.

 

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  3. Stanford University
  4. University of Michigan
  5. University of Florida

Top 100 Colleges for Men’s Basketball Student-Athletes

Best NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Colleges

Fully funded NCAA Division 1 programs have up to 13 scholarships available per team. D1 Basketball includes more than 350 colleges with basketball programs. While many families know of the Power 5 schools they see on TV, this year’s rankings have a mix of colleges.

 

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  3. Stanford University
  4. University of Michigan
  5. University of Florida

Best NCAA Division 2 Men’s Basketball Colleges

NCAA Division 2 schools have just as much competition as D1 schools most of the time. Finding the right school for you is ultimately about the right fit. Big names and jerseys often get in the way of making the right choice. Luckily, there are 300+ D2 schools to choose from.

 

  1. University of California – San Diego
  2. Bentley University
  3. Point Loma Nazarene University
  4. California State Polytechnic University – Pomona
  5. Rollins College

Best NCAA Division 3 Men’s Basketball Colleges

Although D3 schools don’t provide athletic scholarships, they do have academic scholarships and other forms of financial aid available. D3 has more than 400 men’s basketball colleges around the world. Not only that, there is some pretty good competition on this level as well.

 

  1. Johns Hopkins University
  2. Emory University
  3. Amherst College
  4. University of California – Santa Cruz
  5. California Institute of Technology
     

Best NAIA Men’s Basketball Colleges

There are about 200 colleges that have men’s basketball teams at the NAIA level. Fully funded teams can offer up to 11 scholarships per team.

 

  1. Asbury University
  2. University of Michigan – Dearborn
  3. Concordia University – Nebraska
  4. St. Ambrose University
  5. Bethel University – Indiana
     

Best Women’s Basketball Colleges

You may have your ball handling skills mastered, but can you master the college recruiting process? How do you decide between a NCAA D1 school or a NCAA D2 school? Here are some schools to get you started.

 

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  4. Princeton University
  5. Harvard University

Top 100 Colleges for Women’s Basketball Student-Athletes

Best NCAA Division 1 Women’s Basketball Colleges

Women’s Division 1 College Basketball is amazing to watch. There are more than 300 opportunities to compete in college, but is this a good fit for everyone? Here are some schools to consider if your skills are top notch.

 

  1. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  2. Stanford University
  3. University of California Los Angeles (UCLA)
  4. Princeton University
  5. Harvard University
     

Best NCAA Division 2 Women’s Basketball Colleges

The NCAA D2 level has 350+ colleges with women’s basketball teams. Recruits are often surprised to find that athletes at the D2 level often have the talent to compete in D1 but chose D2 for a better fit overall.

 

  1. University of California – San Diego
  2. Truman University
  3. Regis University
  4. Point Loma Nazarene University
  5. Bentley University

Best NCAA Division 3 Women’s Basketball Colleges

Want to go to school somewhere with a beautiful campus? The schools below may be an option. If you aren’t intrigued by our top five, there are more than 400 women’s basketball colleges at the D3 level.

 

  1. Johns Hopkins University
  2. Emory University
  3. Amherst College
  4. University of California – Santa Cruz
  5. Franklin & Marshall College

Best NAIA Women’s Basketball Colleges

NAIA colleges can offer up to 11 scholarships per team if the program is fully funded. Recruits should have a few on their list to consider. There are about 200 colleges that have women’s basketball teams at the NAIA level.

 

  1. Loyola University New Orleans
  2. Indiana Wesleyan University
  3. Taylor University
  4. University of St. Thomas – Texas
  5. Concordia University – Nebraska

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