Excellent breakdown by ESPN’s Mark Lewis on the difference between colleges that recruit players, and what it takes to get a scholarship:
You don’t need AP calculus to do this math: An average of 112,500 seniors play girls’ high school basketball each year. College teams, in contrast, have space for an average of about 5,241 freshmen each year. Who gets to play?
The correct answer is that there are not exactly enough roster spots for everyone to play college ball. And the process to get on one of those teams is competitive. However, levels of collegiate play, different scholarship guidelines and unique coaching perspectives mean that there just might be a team with a space specifically for you.
Players and their families should do a breakdown of their own and have a plan of attack for landing a scholarship.