Excellence on and off the field

By BASN Wire Services
Updated: October 13, 2010

CHICAGO — Five HBCUs have been ranked in the top 100 NCAA Division II universities in the 8th Annual National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Collegiate Power Rankings. NCSA Athletic Recruiting’s Collegiate Power Rankings assess the academic and athletics standards of all NCAA athletic programs across the country.

The Power Rankings were developed to help prospective student athletes and their families evaluate the particular strengths of the top colleges and universities at the Division I, II and III levels. Johnson C. Smith University (No. 43), Morehouse College (No. 47), Elizabeth City State University (No. 69), Virginia State University (No. 86) and Albany State University (No. 91) were ranked among Division II schools. No HBCUs were ranked in Division I or Division III. Chris Krause, CEO and Founder of NCSA Athletic Recruiting, says, “The Power Rankings are an objective tool to empower student athletes to find the right fit in a college or university, not only for its athletics, but academics as well.” “Our hope is to educate these student athletes and their parents on the importance of evaluating schools that will provide the education for an enriched, successful career after college, in addition to athletic success.” The Collegiate Power Rankings from NCSA Athletic Recruiting are calculated for each Division I, II and III college and university by averaging student-athlete graduation rates, academic rankings provided by U.S.

News & World Report, and the strength of athletic departments as determined by the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup ranking. NCSA connects more than 35,000 college coaches with student-athletes who hope to pursue both higher education and the chance to compete in athletics at the college level. NOTE: A comprehensive list of the rankings, both overall and by division, is available at: http://www.ncsasports.org/about-ncsa/power-rankings.