Basketball: Wilt Chamberlaine

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Amidst the current financial crisis, students talented in sports, such as tennis, apply for college athletic scholarships.  Many talented high school tennis players are hoping to get noticed during college basketball recruiting.  In the U.S., a collegiate circuit which oversees the processes involved in college athletic scholarships is organized by the National Collegiate Athletics Association.

Wilton Norman “Wilt” Chamberlain nicknamed Wilt the Stilt, The Big Dipper, and Chairman of the Boards, was an American professional NBA basketball player for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers; and also played for the Harlem Globetrotters. The 7 foot 1 inch Chamberlain, who weighed 250 lb as a rookie before bulking up to 275 lb and eventually over 300 lb with the Lakers, played the center position and is widely considered one of the greatest and most dominant players in the history of the NBA.

Chamberlain holds numerous official NBA all-time records, setting records in many scoring, rebounding and durability categories. Among others, he is the only player in NBA history to average more than 40 and 50 points in a season or score 100 points in a single NBA game. He also won seven scoring, nine field goal percentage, and eleven rebounding titles, and once even led the league in assists. Although suffering a long string of professional losses, Chamberlain had a successful career, winning two NBA titles, earning four regular-season Most Valuable Player awards, one NBA Finals MVP award, and being selected to 13 All-Star Games and ten All-NBA First and Second teams, Chamberlain was subsequently enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1978, elected into the NBA’s 35th Anniversary Team of 1980, and chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History of 1996.

The Internet has proven to be a useful venue for both students and coaches involved in the applying for college athletic scholarships.  There are many websites and online forums wherein students and scouts can come together and interact.  D1Athletes is an online community wherein students and coaches alike can share and exchange information they need during college basketball recruiting.  D1Athletes offers them a place to build an online presence and gain important public exposure.

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