Cross-sport recruiting effects in NCAA D1 football and basketball
Journal of Sports Economics
Using an extensive data set, we conduct an academic study of the determinants of recruiting success in Division 1 basketball and football. Among many findings, we show that football recruiting is correlated with on-court basketball success, although the relationship is not always positive. However, we do not find any evidence supporting the oft-held claim that on-field football success aids in basketball recruiting. Additionally, our models indicate that recruiting effects differ between “power” and “mid-major” conferences. These findings, among others provided herein, should enhance the literature on recruiting in college sports and could encourage administrators and coaches to reconsider recruiting tactics.
Evans, B. A. & Pitts, J. D. (2018). Cross-sport recruiting effects in NCAA D1 football and basketball. Journal of Sports Economics, 19(6): 820-842.