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Best College Options For Tough Players

There are a lot of sexy colleges that highly recruited player can go. The rest of the lower level players and transfers will have to choose different schools for different reasons. If you like physical play, rebounding and defending or still need time to develop as a basketball player, here’s my list of schools that are great options (not the only) that you can learn how to play while pulling  on some of your physical abilities (i.e strength, speed and length). 

“If you like physical play, rebounding and defending or still need time to develop as a basketball player, here’s my list of schools that are great options.”


The University of Houston recruits grown men now that Kelvin Sampson is the head coach. Sampson is known for getting the toughest players that he can find and turning loose on opposing teams. If you can rebound and defend, you can make it here. If you're a guard, you can score here as well.


Syracuse basketball under Jim Boeheim is built around the 2-3 zone, length and toughness. Boeheim tells the truth about his players and players on other teams. The Carrier Dome is one of the coolest places to play but don't sign up if your not willing to work or you're in your feelings and want to be talked to softly.


This not the sexy UCLA that we've known in the past. Mick Cronin is not playing when in come to playing hard. This is not the place for the prima donna's that have leached off of the legacy of John Wooden and Ben Howland. This is gritty basketball that may f* up your draft status if you don't go there with intentions of just hanging out in Westwood.


This is "meat and potatoes" midwestern basketball. Here you're going to run the Bo Ryan's swing offensive that gives equal opportunity to all of the players on the floor. Unless you're a real dog, you can forget about shining individually. Defensively they are a unit and do their best to make opposing teams with selfish players look bad. Their teams are predominately white, but do have a few African-American players.


Another mid-western powerhouse built a lot like Wisconsin. Basketball fundamentals are most important here, not style points.

Michigan State

Basketball coach and football lover Tom Izzo's tag line is "Bring the goods!" Practice here can be filled with bubbles on the basket, rebounding drills and the likes. He gets the most out of less talented players like Draymond Green and Mateen Cleeves.


Kansas can be a little tricky. They do turn out pros. There's been questions about some players who were considered prospects not having the level of success most thought would have. If you play for Bill Self and you're on the draft board, go pro. Kansas is a great school because of its rich history in basketball.

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Randy Holcomb

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  • I haven?¦t checked in here for a while because I thought it was getting boring, but the last several posts are great quality so I guess I will add you back to my daily bloglist. You deserve it my friend 🙂


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