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Making a college sports team and getting an athletic scholarship is the dream of many student athletes, yet it can be extremely difficult to get an athletic scholarship. Division 1 and 2 schools provide $3.6 billion in athletic scholarships annually, but only 53% of Division 1 athletes and 56% of Division 2 athletes are receiving some level of athletic aid.
For basketball players, because the teams are so small, it can be even more difficult to get a college basketball scholarship. Across all divisions of men's college basketball, there are 32,890 athletes across 2,009 programs.