Years ago

Who are the Top div1 colleges in USA for women

A lot of the big name colleges are names so due to their men's program and the women run off the coat tails, but what colleges are actually stronger in their women's program?

Looking at players who have taken this pathway in the women's current elite group, just how many actually went to college if any?

Plenty of kids go but is it really worth it basketball wise, especially for the women's league. How many have been able to make basketball their career choice after going to college compared to those who chose to stay here and work through the WNBL then look to Europe?

How many Aussies who went to college have ended up in the WNBA or NBA for that matter, the percentage must be very small, how many come back to WNBL careers or NBL

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Years ago

Notre Dame

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Years ago

And is Europe or WNBA favoured for women, financially and quality. How much can women expect to earn in Europe versus WNBA?

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Years ago

Depends on where they go in Europe I would imagine, some places pay big money for players right down to 9 &10 spots, compared to wnbl were the big money goes to the very big names and the rest would be lucky to make an average wage I would imagine but could be wrong

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There were 351 division 1 college basketball women's teams competing this year. Each team as 13 scholarship players. That's upwards of 4500 players.

There are 12 teams in the WNBA, and they have just 11-woman rosters. 132 positions total. Average WNBA career length is about 3 seasons. So you're only talking about 45 positions opening up each season.

Let's say that a bit over a quarter of the college athletes graduate or retire each season. That makes 1200 (+however many international players) being slimmed down to 45. What proportion of those are Australian, a very small proportion indeed.

Is it worth it basketball-wise? Could well be. You are getting regular games and training, playing against people that are closer to your own age, probably getting more minutes. You get exposed to different systems and styles of basketball.

You're also getting a free education (average private tuition costs are ~US$29k a year) whilst also being given a taste of travelling away from home. That is actually a pretty decent incentive given that the earning potential for a female pro basketball is relatively small. The max contract in the WNBA in 2012 was just 105K (US$). Minimum salary is $37k. You would pretty much have to try and play overseas or work another career in the off-season if you're on the lower end of the salary scale.

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Years ago

More $$$ to be made in China and various Euro locations than in the WNBA according to that article.

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1 Connecticut
2 Notre Dame
3 Tennessee
4 Louisville
5 Baylor
6 Stanford
7 West Virginia
8 South Carolina
9 Duke
10 Kentucky
11 Maryland
12 North Carolina
13 Nebraska
14 Penn State
15 Texas A&M
16 North Carolina State
17 Purdue
18 Gonzaga
19 Iowa
20 Michigan State
21 Oklahoma State
22 Middle Tennessee
23 DePaul
24 California
25 USC

Others receiving votes: Iowa 53, James Madison 50, Texas 38, Arizona State 30, Syracuse 25, Middle Tennessee 19, Iowa State 11, St. John's 9, Florida State 8, Rutgers 7, FGCU 7, UT Martin 6, Wichita State 5, USC 4, Florida 3, South Florida 2, Dayton 2, Bowling Green 1

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Where do all those players go after college then ????

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Years ago

Like most college athletes they go and get a regular job.

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