The Difference Between A High School And College Basketball Player, Part 2

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The Difference Between A High School And College Basketball Player, Part 2

Today is part 2 of my interview with Rachel Snedegar (read part 1). Rachel was an athlete I had worked with for speed and quickness development who is currently in her senior year at Otterbein University, playing basketball.  Coincidentally, she has two other teammates who I worked with as well.

The post today is her experiences at the collegiate level.  How was she prepared?  How it is different than high school?  And how she would like to see her career end at Otterbein and begin her post-college life.

AK: What has your training been while in college for basketball (whether by yourself or with your team)?  Lifting, speed work, etc.  Was it similar to some to the work you did with us or different?

RS: For training as a team we worked on speed, endurance, agility, and strength. 6 weeks prior to our first day of practice we started conditioning.  We had days that focused on agility and quickness.  We would do drills such as ladders, sprints, bleachers, etc.  On other days we work on endurance by doing our track workouts, which consist of intervals of sprinting and jogging, or we will do a long distance run.

AK: What has been the biggest difference between high school and college athletics?

RS: The biggest difference between the two are the levels of competition.  In college it is a quicker and more up pace game, and you are playing with athletes who were all the star players of their high school team.

AK: If you were to do it all over again, what would you do differently in high school to better prepare you for your college sport?

RS: If I had the opportunity to do it all over again I would work on my shot and dribbling skills.  Since I am a post I don’t need to focus on dribbling as much as a guard does, but it would have been beneficial to be a more versatile player if I had a consistent outside shot and decent dribbling skills.

AK: This is your senior season.  Are you sad it is coming to an end?  Or are you ready for it to finish and want to start the next chapter of your life?

RS: A little bit of both. I am going to miss basketball a lot, but since I have been playing for 13 years it will be nice to move on to the next part of my life.  Also, I’m getting the opportunity to play basketball competitively one more time this summer in Europe. I received an invitation to play and travel with USA International Athletics for two weeks.

AK: What do you want to do with your life once college is done?  Pursue basketball professionally, start your career (if so, what do you want to get into).

RS: I have a huge passion for health and fitness and that is why I decided to major in Athletic Training.  I am planning on getting an athletic training job right after college, but I also am interested in personal training and strength and conditioning. So, eventually I would love to be a strength and conditioning coach for college athletics.

Thanks for the interview Rachel and good luck!

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  1. Jen January 25, 2013 at 4:24 pm - Reply

    She is so right about the game being much quicker at the college level. It really caught me off guard, but you learn to adapt.

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