Pre-Med and Basketball

<p>Hello all,</p>

<p>I'm relatively new to the forum, have done a little reading during the past few weeks, but now I finally decided to sign up!
So I have a big decision ahead of me - where will I attend college?</p>

<p>I play basketball, have volunteered a lot, have a 4.2 GPA in school, and received a 30 on the ACT (still shooting for higher). In college, I hope to continue playing basketball at a school with a very good academic profile so I can continue towards my dream of becoming a doctor. While I love playing basketball, academics are first.</p>

<p>My question, since I hope to receive as much scholarship money as possible during undergrad (from basketball and academics), does anyone know of any schools that combine these two things? I understand that many of you might not be familiar with the athletic side of college, but D1 and D2 schools can give scholarships, while D3 schools cannot. </p>

<p>I would say that I'm a good basketball player (can probably play from small d1 range through d3). If anyone is interested in specific statistics, I will be happy to provide those.
Is it true that playing d1 sports and attempting pre-med is impossible?</p>

<p>And, most importantly, does anyone know of ANY schools that could suite me athletically (to play basketball) and academically (pre-med)?</p>

<p>Thank you very much.</p>

<p>Take a look at College of the Holy Cross. They have been to the division 1 NCAA basketball tournament a few times during the past decade and they have a great premed program and just opened a new 60 million dollar science complex. They get 84% of applicants into medical school.</p>

<p>Thanks for the suggestion. I will look into that.</p>

<p>can you play for a school like Vermont? They have a great med program, I know that.</p>

<p>What about UC-Davis, Rochester, Emory, Johns Hopkins, East Carolina, Ivy league schools, Washington University In St. Louis, UChicago? i dunno, just listing schools off of my head, not sure where you would be able to play basketball haha</p>

<p>Vermont is a god idea, Ivies are also good (though it's fairly competitive, obv. Try Cornell?). UChicago is NOT a good idea - it's a VERY intense workload. </p>

<p>I recommend UC Davis and Ivies.</p>

<p>Wash U has a fantastic pre-med program, and they won the Division III championship a year or two ago.</p>

<p>Holy Cross,Tufts.</p>

<p>By the way, Myron Rolle was a pre-med major at Florida State, excellent football player and won the Rhodes Scholarship. It's definitely possible.</p>

<p>Are you being recruited? D1 teams already know in general who their recruits are.</p>

<p>by the way if you have are explosive offensively or can shoot, give Brad Brownell a call at Clemson? our basketball program is lacking in anyone who can shoot the basketball well or drive to the basketball. It seems that our offense was stagnant this past year and we didn't have enough pieces on offense.</p>

<p>The thing is, DIII schools such as Wash U in Stl. and Emory are not able to give athletic scholarships. Even if I got 50% of the tuition covered academically, there would still be over 20k left per year to pay. I love the academic side of d3 schools, but hate the fact that they cannot give scholarships for basketball.</p>

<p>Even at some of the huge D1 schools where athletic scholarships are extremely competitive, you could play basketball on a club team and still compete against other schools while at the same time maintaining your academic focus (club teams are much less time-consuming than other teams). Not sure if you would be interested in that or not.</p>

<p>well he says that he wants to go somewhere where he can get significant scholarship money (and I take that as getting a basketball scholarship)</p>

<p>I'm a 6'4" forward and, no, I have not been seriously recruited by any d1 schools yet. This is a big summer in the recruiting process (summer after junior year). But I hope to base my decision primarily on education and then on basketball.</p>

<p>Yes, this is correct. I don't know how this summer will go, but possibly a DII (D2) school with a good pre-med program is what I'm looking for?</p>

<p>What about Davidson?</p>

<p>Unfortunately no one gets it both ways--gets a basketball scholarship and gets to focus on academics. It's also very rare for a student to be looking at D1 and D3 unless the D1 is an ivy. When you are being paid to play, the coach owns you year round.</p>

<p>While this is an important recruiting season, serious teams have long ago chosen players. You need to contact some coaches to better understand the processs and see if you have a reasonable expectation of being recruited. You also need to understand what your family is willing to pay. If you don't qualify for need based aid and they can't pay the bill, that would seriously effect your D3 choices.</p>

<p>well he did say that he's looking to play at a small-time D1 schools, the big schools have definitely chosen all of their players but there may be some smaller schools like Furman (my friend's brother plays basketball there) looking for good players.</p>

<p>You can do it, but I would suggest that you look at less academically rigorous schools. Playing basketball, even at DIII schools requires a pretty big time commitment. If you're going to be an average student at a school like JHU, Chicago, WUSTL, top LACs, etc, with strong academics and are going to be playing ball, you will be in a tough spot. Other students don't have to travel around playing games or practice 2-3hrs a day, and they may be smarter than you. If you have great time management skills, you can make it work, but it's all up to you. </p>

<p>I reckon that most of the basketball players at Ivys are among the worst students in the class, in terms of academic statistics. Probably bottom decile. There exceptions, but generally I would expect this to be the case. </p>

<p>Good luck. </p>

<p>Ivys don't give athletic scholarships, but if you qualify for financial aid, it's possible that you may receive a large amount of grant money.</p>

<p>You should contact coaches, or if you are good enough, they will be contacting you.</p>

<p>6-4 is small for a 4/5 in DI. You play forward. Can you play 3?</p>

<p>The Patriot League is division 1 and gives basketball scholarships and the schools are only around 3000 students in size and academically strong reputations.</p>