Postgrads explode on recruiting scene
This category of players is becoming increasingly important, as many of the top players signed last month by the major basketball powers throughout the country are postgraduates. Many players over the past 5-10 years have decided they would benefit from an additional year of growth and maturation, physically, academically and basketball-wise. Others have decided on the prep-school route so they can have an extra year to work on their core curriculum to meet the NCAA requirements and be eligible to receive a scholarship as a freshman in college.
Some players who have struggled academically in high school are actually better off not graduating from their high school and instead enrolling for the following year at a prep school. According to the NCAA, a student-athlete can improve his academic core curriculum as a fifth-year student as long as he has not graduated. The move also allows a player to attempt to improve his SAT/ACT test scores.
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