What It Takes To Play Sports In College, Part 2

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My story as a high school athlete is typical and easily relatable to most athletes. I came from a small school, no one really cared if I went to play in college, I didn’t have much support, and I surely didn’t have anyone to show me how to navigate the collegiate system. My first year I was Red Shirted (meaning I did not play). An athlete can be red shirted for multiple reasons such as poor grades, injuries, lack of maturity, weaker than expected skills, too many athletes to suit up, etc. With that said I excelled to be a record breaker, a record setter, and a record holder. So can you by choosing the right program. This is one of the most difficult things to do because your selection of programs depends on who has interest in you. Your race and religion will not matter to most coaches. The school you like may not like you as an athlete. The school that chose me didn’t select me because I was a prolific scorer or rebounder. Coach told me that I had great closing abilities under pressure. Most of the points I scored came in the fourth quarter or in the last few minutes of the game or the big shot? I could make three pointers as easy as people could make layups. I had a great understanding of what I could do, so this made it easy for coaches needing a go to person.


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