Basketball players that want to continue playing basketball have a few options when it comes time to make decisions in their junior year of high school. One option is that they go on to play college basketball, a second option is going to a junior college, and yet another option is to attend a prep school.
Playing college basketball is the goal of many individuals, but not everyone gets offered a spot on a college team. In that case, you may need to choose between basketball prep schools or junior colleges. Let’s look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of both options.
Prep schools act as an additional year of high school, which doesn’t count against student eligibility in college. Players will sleep in dorms and attend classes, though curfews are in place and academics are not as difficult. You’ll also play against great players, so skills are improved.
However, prep schools can be an expensive endeavor and not every school puts equal focus on sports and academics, so you’ll have to do some research to make sure your child gets the best education while honing their basketball skills.
A junior college provides individuals with an opportunity to improve their academic standing and qualify for division basketball teams after 2 years. Many colleges offer scholarships to students, which make continuing education much less expensive. Players will also have the chance to play against teams that are similar to the level they would be playing on a college basketball team.
Problems arise, however, due to the fact that the 2 years spent at junior college count towards eligibility at four-year institutions. Your facilities may also not be as posh, as junior college programs are often working on a budget.
Now that you have a bit more information on the options your child has, you can make the right decision.