Are you kidding me???
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Look, getting cut sucks. And as someone who was cut from my high school's JV baseball team as a freshman I feel as though I'm fairly qualified to speak on the matter having experienced it first hand. And yeah, I took it pretty hard when it happened, but I was able to dust myself off and move on with my life. Whether you like it or not, the truth is that sometimes not everyone can make the team. If you go to a high school where there's 2000 students, and they all want to play on the high school basketball team, that just doesn't work. You have a right to a fair try out, and that's all the school owes you. If you aren't good enough, PRACTICE MORE. And it's not like this kid's athletic future is destroyed because he didn't make the high school basketball team. There are recreational leagues, intramural leagues, and competitive leagues all over the place if he's looking for an opportunity to play and get better. Not to mention all of the basketball camps, clinics, and what not that are available. Heck, you could even go above and beyond and with a little initiative, start a club team. They have running clubs, why not a basketball club? Look, after I got cut I played recreational baseball my freshman year of high school. And then during the summers after my junior and senior years I played ball in a non-high school associated competitive league, and as a result of my efforts I was able to make my college team and eventually be the team captain as a senior. It can be done. But you've got to actually WORK FOR IT.