Re: Mid major vs Ivy. Where would you tell your child to go?

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Posted by Reality Discussion on November 06, 2017 at 08:31:48:

In Reply to: Mid major vs Ivy. Where would you tell your child to go? posted by Justin Credible on November 04, 2017 at 18:30:54:

: Question for the forum:
: I'm on twitter arguing with someone on twitter about college selection. A kid narrowed down his list to UC Irvine, Nevada, Kenneshaw State, Cornell, Princeton, UNLV & Nevada.
: I said that the list is really UNLV & the 2 ivies. The kid then committed to Nevada. So jerks start saying that he made the right choice and they're justifying it by saying that he'll play "big boy basketball" and play overseas.
: My argument is that the kid was poorly advised. Cornell or Princeton trumps playing midmajor hoops in Reno. They trump midmajor period. They trump high major if you're not starting. At least that's my opinion... and logic. But if someone feels different I'd like to hear why.
: (Don't replay if you're trying to tell us that Nevada has a great education or nice place to live. We're comparing it to Cornell and Princeton, not Cal Poly Pomona.)

This is real life discussion. Unfortunately, your example leaves out some key information.

1. How good is the kid - obviously not NBA, but is overseas an option? And does he even want that?

2. How far away from home does he want to go?

3. How good a student is he? GPA doesn't tell the story (schools differ greatly on that, especially for athletes). Even test scores can be good but that doesn't mean you are a good student.

4. Does he want to put in the work to play D1 hoops and big boy school (Ivy)? School part is probably even harder.

5. What does he want to do with his life post basketball? And where?

Normally, I would say go Ivy, but given the above maybe not. And the money issue. It most likely going to cost some $$$$ plus living $$$.

One big key to playing college sports is the ability to get free college.

So unless he wants/can afford to go Ivy, the choice off your list is UCI, which is a very good school (though obviously not Ivy level).

And by the way, Cal Poly Pomona is also a really good school, but as a D2, there would probably be money paid there too.

Interested to hear other parent's perspective on this. Because this is what it is really all about.

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