Amateur leagues provide footing for major future stars
Amateur sports are held in immensely high regard in America, and Ladbrokes offer a wide range of betting opportunities on NCAA events throughout the season.
With American football, basketball, baseball and golf amongst the leading college sports available to bet on, amateur competition can often serve up more enthralling displays than the professional games.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is split into a large number of divisional conferences, with some of these leagues more prestigious than others.
Such leagues provide a breeding ground for American professional sports leagues, with the massive grossing NBA and NFL competitions benefitting by the experience players gain in an NCAA environment.
The likes of Kevin Durant and LeBron James have come to NBA prominence from NCAA level, with Durant landing three consecutive scoring titles since being plucked from college level.
Meanwhile, Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose’s MVP award in his first season since being chosen as a number one draft pick, shows the pedigree of the stars residing in college competition.