Normally after high school and before entering college you should have a pretty clear idea of what type of career that you want outside of basketball. However, after taking classes in college your choice could change as there are more options during the first years of mandatory classes. But for some, many think of their career after high school is as a professional sportsman or woman. There is nothing wrong with that, if that is your goal and it is possible. It is indeed a career but for most there are 4-5 years that have to pass before you can reach such feet, if you are successful. During that time period, there are many things that could happen in your life:
- Career ending injury
- Unexpected family
- Financial Obstacles
Now what? Is your career only prepared for basketball or something more? The focus of obtaining a degree in subjects that you enjoy is important because after basketball you will live everyday working and providing for yourself. You could however, be lucky enough to prolong your career as a basketball player and live the life as a professional athlete and get paid a great salary. However, at some point your career will end and it is important to fall back on your degree or something that you have cooking in the fire (unless you are a “Michael Jordan”).
The importance of graduating from high school with a diploma and hopefully with an athletic or academic scholarship should be high on your list. I recommend talking to a guidance counselor and mapping out a plan for you to get prepared for exams such as the SAT and ACT when you are a junior and senior. Remember you cannot get accepted to play basketball in college if you don’t have the proper grades or pass those important exams.
I won’t go into much detail but for scholarships I recommend you reading Recruit Me if you’re interested in a college athlete scholarship.