Factors Influencing College Basketball Players' Selection of Colleges

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)


Educational Studies and Research

First Advisor

Bobby D. Anderson

Advisor Department

Educational Studies and Research


The purpose of this study was to examine the factors that influenced college basketball players to attend selected institutions and to determine if the perceptions of head coaches were related to the reasons stated by the athletes for attending college. The study investigated the differences between males and females and among three divisions of competition. Surveys were mailed to the head coaches and athletes at 25 schools in the southeastern United States. Results of the study indicate that the top three reasons for athletes to select a college were: (1) the athletic scholarship, (2) basketball program and tradition, and (3) academic reputation. The head coaches' perceptions of reasons included the athletic scholarship, basketball program and tradition, and coaching staff. The people who most influenced the athletes' decisions were the: (1) mother, (2) father, and (3) head coach. The campus facilities which most impressed athletes were the athletic facilities, dormitories, and campus grounds. The athletes reported that the most effective recruiting methods were phone calls, home visits, and letters. This study attempted to recognize the major influences on athletes' selection of a college. The findings should assist coaches, student athletes, and parents in making appropriate decisions during the recruitment process.