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Thursday, June 25 2020 - 03:20
Next College Student Athlete Announces International Partnerships In New Zealand, Wales
CHICAGO, June 25, 2020 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

- NCSA named Official Recruiting Partner for Basketball New Zealand and 
Basketball Wales 

Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) ( 
), the world's largest and most successful college athletic recruiting network, 
today announced international partnerships with Basketball New Zealand ( 
), the national sports organization of basketball in New Zealand, and 
Basketball Wales, the national governing body of basketball in Wales. NCSA will 
serve as the Official Recruiting Partner for both organizations. 

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NCSA's online recruiting tools and resources will be available to all 
Basketball New Zealand and Basketball Wales athletes who hope to continue their 
athletic careers at U.S. colleges.

NCSA will also provide recruiting education seminars at partner events, as well 
as online webinars to help educate athletes and families on the college 
recruiting process.

Kiwi and Welsh athletes ages 13 years and older will have the opportunity to 
create a free NCSA profile when registering for events and gain access to 
NCSA's recruiting network.

"For over 20 years, NCSA has been helping student-athletes from around the 
world achieve their goal of competing at the collegiate level," said Phil 
Wallace, VP of Business Development for NCSA. "With support from NCSA, 
Basketball New Zealand and Basketball Wales will now be able to offer 
comprehensive recruiting support to young men and women who dream of continuing 
their athletic career – and their education – in the U.S."

Currently, over 100 New Zealand basketball players are on scholarship at U.S. 
colleges, with more than half of them at NCAA Division I schools. 

NCSA's partnership with Basketball New Zealand will allow up to 25 Kiwi 
athletes to receive NCSA's All In Award ( 
). The cornerstone of NCSA's give-back mission, the All In Award is given to 
deserving student-athletes who have a strong desire to continue their athletics 
in college and require financial assistance. 

Recipients will receive NCSA's MVP Membership at no cost, providing 
highly-personalised support and guidance to ensure that each student-athlete 
finds a college that is the right fit for them.  

"Joining forces with the world's largest and most successful college recruiting 
network is a significant step for Basketball New Zealand," said Basketball New 
Zealand High Performance Manager, Leonard King. "We are committed to helping 
our members achieve their goal of playing college basketball in the States and 
NCSA will provide many more Kiwis with a pathway to the U.S. college system."   

"With more and more New Zealand athletes choosing to pursue an athletic 
scholarship to attend college in the United States, it is imperative that they 
have access to the most relevant and up to date information," said Basketball 
New Zealand Talent Manager Mel Downer. "This partnership will ensure our 
athletes' recruiting process is smooth and enjoyable. With over 20 years of 
experience, NCSA will offer valuable expertise to help New Zealand athletes' 
achieve their basketball dreams."  

Basketball New Zealand and Basketball Wales will also integrate NCSA's 
recruiting software, Coach Packet ( 
), into their events. Coach Packet provides easy access to the latest rosters, 
player data, schedules and custom evaluation metrics by taking the historic 
bundles of paper handouts at recruiting events and complementing them with a 
dedicated universal iOS app.

The partnership will also grant both basketball clubs access to NCSA's team 
recruiting platform, Team Edition ( 
), which allows coaches to track and help guide their athletes' college 
recruitment process with easy-to-use software. Team Edition provides exposure 
to athletes and teams, connecting users to NCSA's database of more than 35,000 
college coaches across 34 sports.

"We are excited to be embarking on this new venture with NCSA. Playing USA 
college basketball and receiving a scholarship to study is a goal for many 
Welsh players. Therefore, it is vital that they and their family have expert 
guidance in the college recruitment process. Partnering with the world's 
largest and most successful recruiting network will allow our athletes to gain 
exposure to college coaches and open the door to countless opportunities to 
play in the U.S.," said Gavin Williams, CEO Basketball Wales.

"Basketball Wales looks forward to working with NCSA to provide custom 
recruiting education and virtual seminars for our athletes. We have a huge 
amount of talent in Wales and we want to enable our players to fulfill their 
dreams and potential."

Basketball New Zealand and Basketball Wales are the first foreign governing 
bodies to partner with NCSA. NCSA its official recruiting partner of eight U.S. 
national governing bodies: USA Baseball, US Lacrosse, USA Field Hockey, US 
Tennis Association, USA Track and Field, USA Volleyball, USA Water Polo and USA 

Founded in 2000 to help educate student-athletes and their families on the 
college athletic recruiting process, NCSA today works with families, club, high 
school and college coaches to helps hundreds of thousands of student-athletes 
find their best college fit. 

About NCSA
Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) ( 
) is the world's largest and most successful collegiate athletic recruiting 
network. Part of Reigning Champs LLC ( 
), NCSA leverages proprietary technology and data with professional expertise 
and personal relationships, connecting hundreds  of thousands of college-bound 
student-athletes to more than 35,000 college coaches nationwide across 34 
sports each year. Learn more about NCSA here ( 

About Basketball New Zealand
Basketball New Zealand ( 
) is the national governing body for the sport of basketball in New Zealand. 
Our role is to develop, grow and promote basketball and participants of the 
game. We do this by driving participation in basketball through competitive 
opportunities at a national and international level while supporting our 
nationwide Associations and national teams, including the Tall Ferns, Tall 
Blacks and age-group teams. In addition, Basketball New Zealand works to 
provide talent development pathways for athletes and develop game support for 
teams, clubs and associations. 

About Basketball Wales
Basketball Wales ( 
) is the national governing body for basketball in Wales. Our core principles 
are based on participation, progression, performance and success. Basketball 
Wales facilitates and supports basketball for all abilities and ages through 
innovative and exciting programmes such as mini basketball, national schools 
tournaments, walking basketball, masters basketball, wheelchair basketball, as 
well as junior and senior regional leagues in North and South Wales. We also 
run a successful elite national teams programme for junior boys and girls from 
U11 to U18 as well as our senior men and women's teams. Basketball Wales also 
provides training and development for first class referees, table officials and 
statisticians as well as digital and media personnel.

CONTACT: Lauren Pulte     
+1 (248) 885-2607   

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