Basketball is one of the most developed sports in the US. High schools and universities hand out scholarships to talented kids who meet the academic criteria. College basketball is governed by a number of athletic bodies one of which is the NCAA- a major contributor to the popularity and growth of the sport. On average schools have 13 full-scholarships to give out to student-athletes. On top of that most universities have state of the art facilities and gyms, making them a birthplace for many great professionals.