Athletics can be an excellent vehicle for gaining access to higher education. Although the life of a student-athlete is very rewarding, it is also very challenging, demanding, and the competition is stiff for a limited number of available slots. That said, it is not impossible and the most dedicated student-athletes are able to achieve a great deal of success if they are willing to work hard, both in athletics and in life.
Speak to teachers, coaches, and other athletes in your community and school for more guidance and information. Also be open to other options for athletic participation at the collegiate level such as athletic trainers, statisticians, and personal trainers. This will also open your mind to the numerous career opportunities in the field of athletics for college and beyond.
There are a variety of ways you could potentially play at the college level. It would really depend on what stage/level you would like to play at. One way to potentially play college basketball is to focus on schools outside of the major conferences. You may want to look at mid-major colleges and see if there is an opportunity to walk-on to the team as there could be a need for bodies.
The walk-on experience could still be very rewarding as you will practice along with the team and participate in team activities. In my experience, the walk-ons were every bit part of the team and traveled as well. College basketball is a very unique experience and can be very rewarding. If your goal is to be apart of CBB, this is one potential avenue to explore.
Hope this helps and good luck!