Most high school baseball players hear from many different sources of what to expect or anticipate when they get to college to play baseball. This will be a series of interviews with actual players who are there now. JUCO players who have moved on to 4 year schools, NCAA DI players who have transferred, players who have been with one school and everything in between. This is in their words, decisions why and what they experienced so future players can get a clearer picture of what to expect.
Q: Your first two years were in JUCO. What made you choose a JUCO school over an NAIA or NCAA school? A: There were a few reasons that helped me make my decision. 1 – The ability to play right away. 2 – Cost. Substantially cheaper for the first two years taking basically the same classes as I would at a 4 year school. 3 – Graduated with a 2 year degree. 4 – Sinclair CC has a strong winning history and getting their players into 4 year baseball programs. 5 – Closer to home. Q: How was the competition when you played JUCO? A: There are really good players there. A lot of teams we played had players who had already committed and were going on to play at top NCAA and NAIA teams. We saw pitchers that threw in the 90 to mid 90’s. Q: King University is an NCAA DII school. Why did you choose King? A: I knew I wanted to go south - warmer. I was tired of playing just about every game in cold weather (Dayton, OH). I chose King because I really liked the campus and strong academics. As far as the baseball program, the coaches were great. I really liked their philosophies and personalities. I felt they didn’t try to “sell” me into the program. It was a really good fit. Q: This seems like an obvious question but what was the first thing you noticed about the players you play with and against? A: Everyone is good. Most of them were a top player not only on their high school team but the conference they played in. If they have made it this far you can assume they are good.