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Justin Baker
After graduating high school, playing college basketball was the only thing on my mind. I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but it would transform me into being a totally different person. Although some people think high school has a lot in common with college when actually they are very different. Making it on a major college basketball team is every players dream. The nutrition, training, and time a person puts into basketball varies differently from high school to college
Not only is nutrition an important factor all the time, but is not stressed as much in high school than it is in college basketball. High school coaches have to worry about teaching the fundamentals of the game to try and get their team competitive. High school coaches usually don’t have the staff that a college head coach has therefore it’s easy to see why nutrition gets pushed to the back of the agenda. High school players aren’t put on any meal plans and they aren’t told to take protein or any other healthy substance to better nurture their body. College coaches have people on staff to monitor all the nutrition habits of their players. Players take protein and other substances to maximize their body’s physical potential. Players that are to obese or to skinny are put on meal plans to add or drop the weight. Every aspect of player nutrition is monitored everyday during the off season and the regular season alike. Therefore I believe high school doesn’t compare to college when it comes to being in shape.
When playing basketball in high school the training is a breeze compared to college. When in High school we only started training one month prior to the basketball season. We would put more effort in fundamentals and drills than in lifting weights or running. Any high school coach would rather have players that are fundamentally sound in the game. Strength and conditioning will always come second to most high school coaches. Although in

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