Posted by g on May 13, 2019 at 17:30:47:
In Reply to: Re: Commits posted by Future... on May 13, 2019 at 14:13:21:
: : : How does someone "commit" to a D3 school? There is no athletic scholarship so what exactly are they signing to play for that school?
: : : For example, D1, D2, and NAIA all have NLI that is signed by the player that binds them to the school.
: : : just a ceremonial letter that is signed when committed to a d3. At de it's about academic success 1st.
: I always laugh when this forum devalues D3 teams. I watched my sonís D3 team beat several D2 teams by thirty points this past year. Scholarship money is fantastic and D3 schools can offer athletes significant financial aid and academic monies that matches D1 athletic scholarships. Some families value the academic mindset many D3 schools offer more than just a focus on sports. D3 scholar athletes see a big picture knowing that their future is in getting the best education possible while playing the sport they love. Now thatís a commitment.
Plus, the commitment to a coach matters so that different positions can be recruited, so even though there is nothing binding outside of the standard application process, their word means something.
Northeast D3 conferences play great basketball and can play with low end D1 schools. NYU and MIT's conferences recruit Ivy League players. It comes down to what a players wants out of their college experience. Division is purely the level of investment that the school wants/can put forth into athletics, it is not a strict measure of quality.
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