A Smooth Trip from B-School to B-Ball

Michigan State basketballer Christopher Hill's business degree helps him do more than just count points as a pro player in France

I do not have a typical job for a business school graduate. Leaving college, I knew I wanted to play basketball professionally, so I hired an agent who marketed me to teams in the NBA and abroad. In July 2005, I signed a one-year contract with a team called ALM Evreux in Evreux, France -- a small, rural town about an hour west of Paris.

I played basketball on scholarship during my four years at Michigan State University Eli Broad School of Business. Facilities and gear are markedly different between the top Division I Michigan State program and the smaller ALM Evreux. It was also difficult adjusting to living in another country because I didn't know anyone and lacked phone and Internet access for six weeks. However, now I am friends with my teammates -- who are all between the ages of 22 and 29 -- and it has become exciting to live and work in a new place. Here in Evreux I live in a two-bedroom apartment (paid for by the team), which includes satellite television so I can catch delayed NBA games.

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