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

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Posted by Under Recruited on November 06, 2017 at 12:23:44:

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 truly comes down to the goals of the kid. If he wants to possibly play overseas basketball, I would suggest in order UNLV, Nevada, and then Irvine. If the kid would like to focus on his education, but also play basketball while in college (a realistic expectation), I would suggest in order Princeton, Cornell, UC Irvine.

The decision really comes down to the end goal for the kid. If the kid has great advice, he will get a true critique of his play and future abilities and make a decision.

I personally would show the kid the percentages of players that play overseas and what will be needed over four years to do so. If basketball is the focus..Nevada over Princeton is fine. If education is the focus (which it should be)..Princeton was the best choice.

I would suggest that my son would go to Princeton. The leg up that Princeton name gives you is a certified benefit.

UC Irvine is also a TOP school nationally. They are the only school that was on both of my lists for basketball and education.

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