You cannot fake academic success just like you cannot fake athletic success; they both go hand in hand. If you don’t have talent athletically you have no business trying to go to the next level anyway. Let’s assume, however, that you’re good athletically.
You win all the awards, you’re the conference player of the year, your name is in the paper all the time and the list goes on and on. That being said, some high school districts will let you play on the team even if your GPA is slightly below a 2.0 but, that low of a GPA is going to get you nowhere when it comes to the final days of the college recruiting process.
You may be able to attract junior colleges but who wants to go to a junior college that’s a thousand miles away from home if not further?
The last thing a college coach wants to worry about is whether or not you can do the work once you’re sitting in a college classroom. College coaches have enough on their hands having to worry about recruiting and being able to win enough games to keep their jobs.
The last thing a college coach and his staff needs is a student athlete who doesn’t go to class, has poor study habits and just cannot get the job done academically. These days, a college coach is going to get fired if his student athletes do not graduate from college.
College coaches are always recruiting so they can see which high school player has talent, who is good, who’s really good and who they want to recruit.
I would guarantee you that one of the first questions a college coach will ask anyone about a particular student athlete is: “What are their grades like?” If the answer to that question is not a good answer, then you can best believe that’s the end of that discussion about that student athlete.
There are no exceptions to this rule.
In other words, college coaches and school admissions departments are not going to let certain student athletes slide by because they may be able to help their athletic program win games. It doesn’t work like that.
If you have bad grades in high school and you’re not going to do anything to improve that or even work hard to score on the standardized tests then the next time you’re at the local Mc Donald’s just go ahead and ask the manager for an application because after high school, that’s all you’re going to be qualified to do. “I would like fries with that shake”.
This whole thing about academics is not a black or white thing; race has nothing to do with it. If it did and, if it was all about where you lived, whether you are from an affluent suburb or are the inner city none of that has anything to do with academics.
The standardized tests, which is one of the most critical components to be accepted into college in the first place, is the same tests for the most part given to every student athlete in the country at the same time, four times a year.
If you do not prepare for the standardized tests and you score really badly then that’s your fault.
It’s not the fault of the city you live in or the school you attend or who your mother and father are. It’s all about the student athlete and their willingness to learn, study, practice and prepare and set goals just like you would athletically.
This whole thing about academics has been told to every high school student athlete, male and female, for years. The importance of a strong GPA and standardized test scores have also been preached to parents but the message still gets lost.
The world has changed; there so many more distractions than there have ever been in the history of this world. Facebook and Twitter; those two alone could take up half the day and it seems like everyone has a cell phone!
With all these distractions, I think it should be mandatory for student athletes to study and learn what the standardized tests are all about as soon as they can. It’s all good to have an outstanding report card but a halfway decent GPA along with a strong SAT score will get you into college.
So why can’t more student athletes take it upon themselves to study the standardized test books as though they were getting ready to play for the city championship?
I think sometimes the problem with academics and student athletes is the student athletes themselves. Somebody’s in their ear constantly telling them how good they are or how great they will be.
That kind of conversation can go to their heads and these young teenagers believe the hype and they also believe they could slack off a little bit when studying for the standardized tests or screw up on a few tests in school and believe they’re going to get over because of what they did in last night’s game.
It doesn’t work that way. Forget about what you hear about other student athletes or what you may have read about how a certain student athlete may have gotten over; its all false and it clearly that does not apply to you.
Get to work because your future depends on it!