A scholarship with his dream school turned into a nightmare at another.
As one of the best high school players in America, Brett Melton was determined to turn four years at his dream university into a lucrative NBA career. But after an injury, a transfer, and a coach’s unethical behavior Brett realized: when it comes to basketball, the difference between professional and amateur is often just a few unfair (and unexpected) bounces of the ball.
Now that his basketball playing days are over, Brett is focused on his family (a wife, three-year-old, and newborn twins) and giving back to those in his community and around the world.
“Bill Guthridge, who was the head coach at North Carolina, called me the day before I signed my letter of intent and said, “Hey we’ll give you a full ride scholarship”…and it took me probably two seconds to say no.
Twenty years ago I was ‘Brett the Good Basketball Player’ and I feel like if I would have looked at it as I’m “Brett the Good Person’ you know maybe decisions would have been different. We put such a focus as a society on what we do for a living rather than who we are as a person…and that negatively affects people.
Life is not about making money. It’s more about making a difference. I feel like once you start focusing on making a difference, the rest of it falls into place.”
In high school, Brett Melton was the #1 shooter in the country, leading to scholarship offers from many top-tier basketball programs…including his hometown school, the University of Illinois. After two years with the Fighting Illini, Brett transferred to the University of San Diego and later played professionally in Mexico. Brett now runs his own insurance agency, basketball clinics, and the non-profit “Thankful Thinking” with his wife Talia.