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Succeeding in the NCAA
Like heights? Getting above the rim? That’s high. Like to get above the rim in Madison Square Garden, with the lights on you, fans cheering, and TV cameras showing your high-ness to the world — all while your college expenses are covered by a scholarship? It doesn’t get much higher.

Come back to earth now, as every leap must. That height you crave comes with a price, a price in which money is just one factor. What are the others? This equation is complex. Let’s call talent the checkbook; you’ve got to have it to make your payments, but the more you want to do with it, the more you’ll have to put in. It’s that simple.

Sweat, sweat is the currency for deposit. You will pay in sweat over time, day in and day out, and we mean the time of years. This is no short-term exertion. This is hitting-the-weight-room-at-six-A.M.-six-days-a-week sweat, running-miles-before-during-and-after-drills sweat, and then hitting the schoolbooks after you’ve sweated everything out in practice while your friends are kicking back in a lounge somewhere — because if you don’t sweat those grades, you are off the team.

And while we are on the subject of learning, there is the sweat to learn the game. At this level it is a mental game, so much more than dribble-pass-or-shoot that entire books are written on the subject. So your sweat will also go to the study, practice, and perfection of your skills. And then once you think those skills are higher than ever, you discover your opponents’ skills are just a little ... higher. On the court, in public, in front of your friends, your parents, maybe your significant other. You may sweat just trying to make it out of the locker room after a loss like that.

If it sounds like more than talent and sweat are required, you’re catching on. This is where we enter the realm of the intangible. Some call it heart, some call it love. That whatever-it-is that gets you back in the gym when everyone else has gone home and your legs are still sore to work on your free throws, your three-pointers, your whatever-it-takes. Because you know your competition is.

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If you still think you have what it takes to make it in college or even professional basketball, take our quiz. It will introduce you to some of the challenges and temptations that players confront at the college level. Our quiz also includes links to useful references. It won’t tell you everything, but it can point you in the right direction. Because among all the other things required for taking your game as far as it can go there is also this: Planning. After all, nobody wants to waste sweat.

    Do you have what it takes? Interested in a basketball scholarship?  Take our quiz.  It will introduce you to some of the challenges college players confront.  It also offers links to references that can help you plan ahead–and avoid wasting your sweat.

Basketball Star Sheryl Swoopes Talks About Life in the Pros
Swoopes has been playing professional women’s basketball since 1997 with the Houston Comets and now, the Houston Stealth.

In this footage filmed while making this is a game ladies, she discusses coaches, competition and making the switch from college to the pros.

Sheryl Swoopes introduces herself

Sheryl Swoopes introduces herself
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Swoopes talks about adjusting to the pros

Swoopes talks about adjusting to the pros
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Swoopes compares college and professional coaches

Swoopes compares college and professional coaches
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Swoopes tells players what they should be ready for

Swoopes tells players what they should be ready for
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