Whenever you think about sports in America, the NBA is one of the first competitions that comes to mind. It is the pinnacle of basketball and the best competition in the world. It all starts in college, when athletes get familiar with the typical American sports mentality. Think big, act as a hero. That is how Michael Jordan used to roll, and so does the new star in town: Zion Williamson. Even though their talent is incredible, it cannot be compared to the influence their personalities have. Jordan, Zion, as well as plenty of other legends all started their careers as student-athletes.
Some people want it to happen, Some wish it would happen, Others make it happen.
- Michael Jordan, Legend
The structure of basketball in the United States
The level of college basketball varies a lot. If you are an incredible athlete looking to make it in the NBA, you will probably end up playing for one of the power houses in the NCAA DI. But also in the other divisions, the standard is incredibly high and the spectacle huge. Your talent and ambitions define where you want to go. One thing you do not have to worry about is a lack of opportunities, since there are thousands of colleges and universities that offer scholarships to talented basketball players looking to combine their education with basketball in the United States.
Playing basketball in the United States cannot be compared to playing it in the Netherlands. The atmosphere is a completely different world and so is the organization. As a student-athlete you will not be playing for a club, but for an university and the team. Together with your teammates you will try and win the conference by beating other universities. As the winner of the conference tournament, you will participate in the basketball nationals of the NCAA. Here, the best 64 teams in the country battle to become America’s number one. As a basketball player in the United States you should not be afraid to be in the spotlight, because everyone will be looking at you and your skills. But we probably do not have to tell you about the insane atmosphere at games in the United States, because as a huge fan you know that already.
Facts and figures
28Three-pointeres in one gameTroy vs George Mason University
417852fansSyracuse University in one season
771million dollar a yearMarch Madness broadcast rights
60playersdraft for NBA
Perfect combination between basketball and education
As a student-athlete you are absorbed in the sporting environment on a daily basis. You practice, travel and play games on an elite level. And in between all these sessions and games, you have access to the best facilities and specialists that make sure you maintain and improve your condition levels.
Besides the busy sports schedule, your study is demanding as well. As a student-athlete you will need great discipline for starters. Together with your academic advisors and coaches you will be developing your own schedule, which allows you to perform on the court and in the classroom.
The right match with the university, because each talent is different
Your ambitions might differ from your teammates. Perhaps your ceiling is higher than those around you, while others are already satisfied with living the American way of life. Whatever your reason to go to the United States may be, we will make sure to find the right match, that fits your athletic and academic background.
Close contact with your parents
To find the right match we look at your ambitions and capabilities, as well as what college coaches in the United States are searching for. On a daily basis we are in touch with coaches who are looking to add exciting talent to their roster. We rate universities based on their academic and athletic performance. During this complex process we are close to the action to make sure the right choices are made. Naturally, we will also be in close contact with you and your parents. Due to this diligent and concerned approach KingsTalent has built a strong reputation in the United States, which has led to us receiving more requests from coaches than we could ever live up to!
Are you ready for your next step? KingsTalent guides you!
Have you made your choice? Then we will follow you closely in the USA. Not literally, of course, but we keep in close contact together and do not want to miss anything of your sporting achievements. In fact, if you want, we will report extensively on your adventures. The contacts with your home front also remain strong. Within a few days you will know whether you qualify for your life-changing experience.