A Balancing Act

Alana Rettig

The college process is a stressful time for seniors, especially those who are interested in playing sports in college. However, Niles Ellis ’14 of the Law and Society major is a key player on Tech’s varsity basketball team while currently going through the college process.

Ellis is faced with a different set of dilemmas than most other seniors.

“This is a very stressful time; I am being recruited by both Division 1 and Division 3 colleges. You have to put in applications based on what you want and they have to also want you. Coaches come to see me play and I have to weigh all my options pretty quickly. The worst part is that a school can recruit you without giving you a scholarship or any money,” he says.

The basketball season has recently started and the team is ranked fifth out of the six teams in the Brooklyn A East division and currently has a record of 3 wins to 4 losses.

Looking forward to the season, Ellis says, “I hope this is [will be] an exciting season. Last year we were 7-10 overall and didn’t qualify for the playoffs. We have a really athletic team and all have high expectations. I now have a chance to play with the other seniors who might not have been starters in the past. We lost a lot but gained a lot simultaneously with nine new players.”

Being on the basketball team since his freshman year, Ellis has learned important life skills like time management and the importance of a schedule.

“Most of the practices end at 5:30 so I get home late most days. But it’s worth it. It’s my favorite sport and I’ve been playing it since I was 7 or 8 years old. I have never regretted playing a sport all year round, even outside of school, because it makes up for anything else I might have missed.”

His advice to other athletes is to “never be afraid to play a sport and dedicate your time to it.” And for college, Ellis said: “I’m going to see where I get in and then see if basketball is an option.”

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