Basketball in the United States

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What is college basketball?

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

Playing 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!

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 the best road to become pro in the NBA. Did you know that big names such as Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant also started with college basketball?

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What are the academic requirements for a scholarship?

To be eligible for college basketball, you must have completed high school. For Dutch student athletes, you must have obtained a HAVO or VWO diploma. A completed three-year MBO education also meets the requirements.

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!

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What are the athletic requirements for a scholarship?

The college basketball system is divided in 8 different divisions. Some divisions contain more than 300 teams. The level within a division also fluctuates a lot. That’s why the basketball level goes from high level NBA prospects in Division 1 to club and regional players in lower divisions.

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What about scholarships and college basketball?

Studying at an American university can cost up to $ 65,000 a year! An amount that is unrealistic for almost all students. Therefore, almost all universities with college basketball teams offer the possibility of obtaining both an athletic and academic scholarship.

Slamstox helps you find a scholarship so that your college basketball experience becomes affordable. Some student athletes receive a full scholarship, in this way you can play sports and study in America for free for four years. Other student athletes receive a partial scholarship, then a (large) part of the study costs will be covered.

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How does college basketball work?

College basketball is probably slightly different from how you are used to ‘normal’ basketball. As well as in organisation as in ambiance. You don’t play for a club team but for a university. In America, the competition and the (financial) interests in college basketball are so huge. That’s the reason a lot of money is spend on college basketball.

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 is Slamstox' experience in Basketball?

Slamstox has got a huge network in the American basketball world. Our basketball specialist Brian Riesmeijer has played at EMCC in the USA. That university is known of the Netflix series Last Chance U. Brian has got a huge network of American coaches and universities at different levels. Besides, Slamstox partnered up with basketball club Heroes in Den Bosch where we act as sponsor and help out the youth academies. Brian is perfectly able to compare your basketball level with the American college level. Together we will find the perfect match.

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Where can I see other Slamstox college basketball players?

Slamstox has placed basketball players on different universities. The Slamstox-athletes are part of universities across the USA from California to Florida and New York! Check out the full list of Slamstox athletes here.

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Career opportunities after college basketball

After you finished your college basketball career several opportunities will occur. As well on as off the field. Some of the best college basketball players like Anthony Davis and Zion Williamson have become famous NBA star players. Others will start their social career.

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College basketball - fun facts

Did you know that…

  • It is mandatory for 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 has played for EMCC which is 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 basketball the most broadcasted sport in America is? An average game is broadcasted on 8 different channels!
  • Many college basketball players who don’t reach the NBA, become pro in Europe and other countries?

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