Being a college hooper is a lot of hard work; in the classroom and on the court. It takes someone who is willing to learn and be committed to working hard for yourself, your teammates, and your coaches.
Academics: In order to be eligible to compete in competition you must keep a certain GPA. Just like in high school, if you drop below that required GPA you will be ineligible. Being ineligible is selfish. It is selfish in that you are letting your teammates down by not taking care of business in the classroom to be able to help reach goals on the court. Your teammates rely on you to be there for them; just as they hold you accountable, you must do your part and hold yourself accountable.
Basketball: After you have your academics squared away, it is off to hard work and dedication on the court. It doesn’t start on the court during season though. It starts in the off season spending hours working on your shot, running early morning stadium stairs, and hitting the weight room hard. It starts with blood, sweat, and tears that remind you later that it was all worth it. Along with hard work, being a college hooper is a lot of fun. It will be the best time of your life.
If you work hard enough both in the classroom and on the court and get the chance to play college basketball, be proud of yourself and never stop getting better. I am in the last semester and last season of my college career and I couldn’t ask for a better experience in life. If I could do it all over again, I would in a heart beat. Embrace being a part of something bigger than yourself, it’s a beautiful thing.