College basketball in the US is the ultimate way to combine high level basketball with your academics. Would you like to learn more about basketball, the opportunities, requirements and more? Check out this page or sign up for a personal meeting with our team!

College basketball in the USA

Over 2,000 universities in the United States offer basketball scholarships to guys and girls who would like to combine basketball and studies. Playing college basketball in the U.S. is the perfect way to improve your game, become stronger mentally and physically, build a network of international friends and earn a respected university degree that will lay the foundation for a successful career, whether on or off the field.

Every year, more and more college players make the transition into the NBA and the WNBA, or other professional leagues throughout the world.

How does college basketball work?

College basketball is different than “regular” basketball: in organization and in atmosphere. You don’t play for a clubteam, but for a university team. In the US, the college competitions and the (financial) stakes are so high, that schools spend a lot of money on their teams and everything around it.

An average team consists of approximately 20 guys or girls, with whom you train every day. With your team you will compete against other universities in the conference. The ultimate goal? Winning the conference! By winning the conference, the team qualifies for the national championships, in which only the best 64 teams can compete. The national NCAA basketball championships are usually held in March and that’s why many people refer to it as “March Madness”.

A typical college basketball game is played in 2 halfs of 20 minutes. This is different from the NBA rules!

The biggest difference is the atmosphere during games, in and around the stadiums. Teammates and fans are constantly shouting, making noise and helping each other out. Don’t be surprised if thousands and thousands of fans show up in a college basketball stadium to check out their favorite players. Many games are broadcasted on live TV and the endorsements and sponsorships deals are unbelievably valuable.

College basketbal fun facts

Did you know that?

  • Basketball players are required to play at least one year in college before they can turn pro?
  • The rule mentioned above is called the “one and done” rule?
  • Anthony Davis, one of the best college players ever, now plays at the Lakers with LeBron James?
  • Michael Jordan, the most successful player ever, played for the University of North Carolina?
  • Slamstox team member Brian Riesmeijer played for EMCC, also known from the Netflix show “Last Chance U”?
  • Every year, the NCAA champion gets an invite for dinner at the white house with the President of the United States?
  • Most college basketball stadiums have more than 20.000 seats?
  • College basketball is one of the most broadcasted sports worldwide? An average game is broadcasted on 8 TV channels!
  • Many college players who don’t make it to the NBA, become professional players in Europe or other countries?

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Requirements & Scholarships

The college basketball system is divided into multiple divisions across which over 2,000 university teams are represented. Therefore, the level of play varies from top players in the NBA to players who play at the regional level.

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Academic requirements

To play college basketball you have to graduate high school. Depending on your country and your academic background, we can select a university and a college basketball pathway that fits your academic standard.

American universities offer a wide range of courses catered towards different education levels. So, as long as you meet the requirements, we will be able to help you find a university that matches your level and your area of interest. Are you not sure whether you meet the requirements? Feel free to contact us.


Studying at an American university can cost up to $75,000 per year. However, almost all universities with a basketball team offer athletic (and academic) scholarships to cover these costs.

Slamstox helps you find scholarships so that your college basketball experience will be financially affordable. Some Slamstox players receive full scholarships, which means they do not have to pay anything for four years of college basketball and studies. Others receive partial scholarships that cover part of the total cost of attendance. Your scholarship depends on your athletic level, academic level, wishes and ambitions.

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How does Slamstox help me?

Slamstox guides you and your parents through the complete process of becoming a college basketball player and we help you find basketball and academic scholarships at a university in the United States.

We create your full (online) player profile and use our expansive network of over 2,000 college basketball coaches to find a university that matches your level, wishes and requirements.

Additionally, we create your college recruiting video, organize tournaments, showcases and practices, and we help set up a personalized plan which will put you on the radar of college coaches who are looking for new players.

Career opportunities after college basketball

After you finish your four years of college basketball, there are many different opportunities for you to pursue, either on or off the court. Some of the best college players choose a professional career, while others focus on a career in their field of study (business, healthcare, technology, politics, etc).

Did you know that Slamstox can help you find a job after your college career in the US?

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