Basketball in the United States

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What is college basketball in Amerika?

More than 2.000 universities in America offer scholarships for boys and girls who want to combine basketball and study in America.

College basketball in America is the ideal way to get better at your sport, get stronger both physically and mentally, and make friends with other student-athletes from all over the world! The time to develop yourself , and have the time of your life.

All of this serves as a good start and preparation for your future career: whether on or off the basketball court! For many players, College basketball is also a perfect route to later turning pro in the NBA.

Did you know? Big names like Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant also once started playing college basketball, before making their mark in the NBA?

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How does college basketball work?

College basketball is different from the “normal” basketball you are used to in the Netherlands: both in organization and in atmosphere. You don’t play for a club team, but for the team of a university. In America, the leagues and the (financial) stakes in college basketball are so high that an enormous amount of money is spent on it. For almost every American youth basketball player, the goal is to play for a good college basketball team.

An average basketball team consists of 20 boys or girls, which train together every day. Together with your team, you compete against other universities in your conference. The ultimate goal? Winning the conference! That’s how you qualify for the national tournament, a tournament where the 64 best teams of America participate in. The national NCAA basketball tournament is also called ”March Madness”.

A typical college basketball game is played in 2 halfs of 20 minutes. Those are different rules compared to the NBA.

The main difference is the ambiance in and out of the stadiums during those matches. Team mates and fans make a lot of noise, cheer for each other and yell motivating stuff. So it’s no surprise when you hear thousands of students cheering for the university team. The matches are broadcasted on live television and huge sponsorships are collected during those matches. The energy level is very high!

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What about scholarships and college basketball?

Studying at an American university can cost as much as $65,000 a year! An amount that is unrealistic for almost all students. That is why almost all universities offer the opportunity to obtain both an athletic and academic scholarship, so too for college basketball players.

Slamstox helps you find a college and scholarship so that your college basketball experience becomes affordable. Some student-athletes receive a full scholarship, which allows you to play sports and study in America for four years free of charge. Other student-athletes receive a partial scholarship, which covers a (large) part of the study costs. Here you can find more information about scholarships and costs in America.

Do you have questions about scholarships or want to know what is realistic for you? Please contact us via the let’s meet form, and we would love to help you!

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What are the athletic requirements for a scholarship?

Because basketball is played at many different levels, there are also many opportunities for players of every skill level.

The college basketball system is divided into eight different divisions. Some divisions feature more than 300 teams, and there is also a lot of level difference within the divisions. Therefore, the level of basketball varies from top NBA prospects in Division 1 to club and regional players in lower divisions.

Through this link you can find all the information about the different divisions in America.

Are you curious about the possibilities with your basketball level? Then fill out our introductory form at this page! Together we can look at our pissibilities.

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What's Slamstox' experience in Basketball?

Slamstox has a very large network in the American basketball world. Our basketball specialist Brian Riesmeijer has played in America at EMCC, known for the Netflix series Last Chance U. Brian has an extensive network in America of all kinds of different coaches and universities at different levels. In addition, Slamstox works together with basketball club Heroes in Den Bosch, where we are a sponsor and regularly participate in the youth academies. Brian can perfectly assess how your basketball level compares to the levels in America. Brian has already placed several Slamstox basketball players. A good example is Jeanine Brandsma who left for Long Island University last summer. Jeanine was also chosen to play for the Dutch women’s basketball team last summer. Together with Brian we will then look for the best possible university.

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Where can I see other Slamstox college basketball players?

Slamstox has placed basketball players at various universities across America. Slamstox athletes are part of universities spread across all states: from California to Florida to New York City! Examples of Slamstox basketball players and players are; Jeanine Brandsma, Eline Romijn, Max Sarink and Tom Ehlhardt. Click here to see the full list of all the Slamstox athletes.

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What are my career opportunities after college basketball

After spending four years playing basketball and studying in college, there are unique opportunities for you: both on and off the court. Some of the best college basketball players, such as Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson, have become hugely popular basketball stars in the NBA. Others are beginning their professional careers.

Are you ready to start working? Slamstox would love to help you kickstart your career. We do this with the Slamstox After College service, accessible to all Slamstox student-athletes and non Slamstox student-athletes. Want to know more about the Slamstox After College service? Check out the page here!

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College basketball - fun facts

Did you know that…

  • It is mandatory for an American basketball players to play 1 year of college basketball before turning pro?
  • The rule above is named the ”one and done” rule?
  • Anthony Davis, one of the best college basketball players ever now plays for the Lakers with LeBron James?
  • Michael Jordan, the most successful player ever, has played for the University of North Carolina?
  • Slamstox team member Brian Riesmeijer Played for EMCC, also known from the Netflix series “Last Chance U”?
  • Every year, the NCAA tournament champions are invited to the White House for a diner with the president of America?
  • The most college basketball stadiums have more than 20.000 seats for fans?
  • College basketbal is the most widely broadcasted sport in America? An average college basketball game is usually broadcasted live on as many as eight TV stations!
  • Many college basketball players who don’t reach the NBA, become pro in Europe and other countries?

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What are the academic requirements for a scholarship?

To play college basketball, you must have completed at least high school. However, there are several options: – You have a completed HAVO or VWO diploma; – You have a completed (two-year) high school diploma; – You are pursuing a bachelor’s degree; – You have a completed bachelor’s degree.

Here you can find more information about all the possibilities.

American Universities offer a wide variety of degree programs at many different levels. So as long as you meet the criteria, we will make sure that the perfect match with a university is made for you!

Not sure if you meet the requirements, or want to know more about your options? Then feel free to contact us!

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