CHASING THE DREAM

” Few people have the imagination for reality”~ Johann Wolfgang Goethe

I promise that  I will get this  thing going consistently sooner than later and provide you with some timely and informative stuff or at least what’s on my mind at the moment. I am finding that managing this social media stuff definitely requires good time management. Can’t believe that it’s been so long since my last post.

Well since the last time we talked or I should say since I wrote something, I have gotten out to several gyms watching kids and parents  Chase The Dream” Also since that time another large powerball drawing has taken place, the WNBA held it’s draft and the NBA held  it’s annual  lottery drawing, making me continue to think, Ironic or Coincident?  Some lucky guy in New Jersey won over $600 million dollars, obviously changing his life or  at least for the moment.

Just like those who stood in line hoping for their chance to cash that winning ticket, every weekend I have watched  parents in gyms hoping and praying that their kid represent the next big thing, powerball or mega-million. While I am one who always encourage folks to pursue their dreams I sometimes wonder with basketball does reality ever really happen. I still hear guys thirty-something still saying they are trying to play professional basketball even when they have never played at any level.

If you have not been recruited for the past four years as a high school player, do you honestly think you will get a DI college scholarship  playing from April to July? Yet every tournament host a group of kids who have used up their eligibility auditioning for college coaches or looking for exposure.

Maybe it’s time to consider a back-up plan?  Parents and players alike should understand that the numbers are real. There are 341 schools that have DI men’s basketball teams, and 338 that offer DI Women programs. Men programs  total 4,443 scholarships or 13 annually per team. There are 165,ooo graduating high school seniors plus Junior College kids seeking those scholarships. Women programs total 5,070 or 15 annually per team. In Division II there are 290 men’s programs and 291 women programs. Both men and women programs can only offer 10 total scholarships. It is common practice for DII to give partial scholarships. While their are 395 Division III men’s programs  and 425 women programs, athletic scholarships are not offered, students can earn academic scholarships or receive  a need based grant.

According to the NCAA the probability of competing beyond high school is 3.3 % for boy’s and 3.7% for girl’s.

Be careful because there is always someone out  here who can sell a ketchup popsicle to a women in white gloves.