Setting Myself Up For Success
The First Step
I ended up leaving Spring Arbor University after my freshman year because, in my opinion, I did not think I would be able to get drafted out of a small school in Michigan. Becuase of this, I transferred to Wabash Valley Community College in Southern Illinois. I knew some guys already on the team which made for an easy transition. When fall practice started I noticed a couple of different things.
First thing was that the amount of time we practiced was much longer, this helped me develop my skills even more. Secondly, we played games whether it was intrasquad scrimmages or versus other colleges at least five times a week. Lastly, we had showcase games and professional workouts in front of scouts almost every single weekend. Long story short I performed well enough in games and the workouts that I gained some attention from professional scouts and colleges.
Why It Worked For Me
I then was offered a scholarship to play at the University of Arkansas. After finishing the season with some decent numbers I was really hoping that I caught some attention from some professional teams. Well, my dream came true and I was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the 23rd.
Without making the transfer to Wabash Valley the chances of doing what I did may have been slim to none. For this reason, you may think I’m a little bias towards wanting players to play at a Junior College. I was not the only player to get drafted and many other players from that team went on to top division one schools. Therefore, if you’re in high school and are wanting to play in college do not rule out Junior Colleges they may just be the right sport for you. Still, need more convincing? Well, keep reading!