D-1 Scholarship Basketball Player Raphe Ayres

After excelling at Maret School in DC and Vermont Academy for a postgraduate year, Raphe Ayres has accepted a scholarship to play Division 1 basketball for Missouri State.

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Congratulations to Raphe Ayres, who recently accepted a Division 1 basketball scholarship to Missouri State University! American high school players have less than a 0.5% chance of getting a D-1 men’s hoops scholarship, and Raphe got one. Hard work, much?

Raphe is a knockdown three-point shooter who plays great defense and is the consummate team player, but what stands out most about him is his toughness. Not only does he work harder than anybody on the court, he’s consistently played against some of the best players in the country.

It’s crazy how much competition there is to become a D-1 basketball player, but it’s not at all crazy that Raphe Ayres made it. Take a look at his message to students, watch his highlight video, and feel free to root for Missouri State during March Madness. You’re a fan now. Go Bears!

What are your plans for the next few years?

I am committed to Missouri State University for basketball and plan to stay there through graduation.

How have study skills helped you achieve your goals?

Study skills helped me develop my ability to efficiently complete my school work, while also allowing me to focus on training for basketball. I became more organized in my completion of work, simplifying the process and avoiding procrastination.

What advice do you have for students?

To all of the students and more specifically the student athletes, staying focused on grades and your own personal development is crucial to the recruitment process. Every point added to your GPA opens the door for more schools to be able to recruit you and increases the level of interest that schools might have initially. If you embrace the study skills process and focus on your craft, you will manifest success at whatever you are trying to accomplish.

Raphe Ayres ’20 is taking his talents to… from COACH POPP on Vimeo.

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