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Wilson NCAA Replica Game Basketball

4.0 out of 5 stars 217 customer reviews
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Price: $24.50 - $591.85
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  • Wilson's #1 Selling Composite Basketball, the Wilson NCAA Replica is a great price for a high quality ball that can be used for both indoor and outdoor play.
  • Replica of the NCAA Official Game Ball
  • Moisture Absorbing Composite Leather Cover Designed for Indoor/Outdoor Play
  • Patented Composite Laid In Channels
  • Patented Cushion Core Technology

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Product Description

This ball features the same patented technologies that you find on the NCAA Official Game Ball.  A moisture absorbing cover is specially designed for indoor/outdoor play combined with Laid In Channels and our Cushion Core, make this ball a favorite of competitive players everywhere.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B005HNQDL0
  • Item model number: WNRBB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (217 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,982 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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Size: Official (29.5-Inch) Verified Purchase
I had to buy this after my 110 lb. pit/mastiff destroyed my neighbors basketball. This was the same make and model as my neighbor's ball, except without the teeth marks or hole. It's round, has lines and pebbling and looks, feels and acts just like a basketball should. Not exactly sure what else to write.
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The Wilson NCAA Replica 29.5" on Amazon for $25 is the best deal going in my opinion. The covers have a great feel and are less slick than most. The downside is that these covers tend to wear out sooner than the "less grippy" covers of other manufacturers.
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I most like the feel of the grip of the ball. I can palm it, which is saying something. Plus it is holding up after two street ball sessions.
My biggest problem with it is the channels. They transition from the orange panel to the channel so abruptly that it almost makes a corner. So when the ball is sliding against your hand you feel that ridge and it is almost like it is scrapping your skin.
I dislike the channels enough to not recommend this ball.
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Size: Official (29.5-Inch) Verified Purchase
I write this from the point of view of a former high school player and regular at my local 24 hour fitness. I've had the ball for about seven months and have played hundreds of pickup games and shoot-arounds with this ball. I grew up using the more expensive and superior Evolution and several other NFHS basketballs.

First thing out of the box you'll notice is that the ball isn't anywhere near as orange as the pictures make them out to be. It's a orange with a dark pink hue. If you held the Evolution/Solution/TF1000 next to it you'd see the major difference. The ball has decent grip (great for the price range) and is passable for a game ball. If you're not playing much hoops and/or aren't going to take it very seriously, this ball is best for 95% of players out there. The ball is nowhere near as soft of spongy as the Evolution, which is a potential plus in competitive games where a form shooter will outplay someone who relies on touch to shoot. It feels more like a regular leather ball than a composite in the shooting motion.

Things I don't necessarily enjoy about the ball:

1) It had an odd bounce, especially the first few months of using it. I had a really hard time handling the ball in games until I got it down. While I may not be a slasher, I mastered the moves I practiced for years (single step crossover, through and behind dribble-to-drive, etc) but this ball wasn't going exactly where I was bouncing it, resulting in sloppy handling. Switch to an Evolution and I look like a competent ball handler.

2) It may not hold up to as much game time as I put into it. Looking at the pictures you can see the wear and tear already. That's of only hooping twice a week for 2 hours at a time.
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Size: Official (29.5-Inch) Verified Purchase
Love it. This is my third one. Always the ball of choice come game time. I use it outside mainly now which is a shame but it is holding up well. Be careful cause they seem to grow legs and walk off at the end of the day.
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Size: Official (29.5-Inch) Verified Purchase
the channels on this are way too big..they kind of dug into my fingers as i played outside...if i could have, i would have returned it. (how to return a used bball?) the NBA//Zio is a better option in my humble opinion if the channels were more narrow, the ball would be sweet.
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Size: Official (29.5-Inch) Verified Purchase
If you are buying this ball because of the texture then just keep in mind that the area where the lettering is - like WILSON and NCAA are not textured like the rest of the ball. It is pretty slick and your fingers will slide over it.
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Size: Intermediate (28.5-Inch) Verified Purchase
Got this ball as a new ball gift for my daughter as her team has won a state berth, and they just won the league championship. I was pleasantly surprised it came so early...was disappointed in two things. One, and most important, was that it seemed low on air upon arrival. I figured it might have been due to shipping and lost air in the plane, etc. Pumped it up, and we were ready to use it the next day for the tourney. Much to my chagrine the bladder was bad!! The ball was flat again the next morning. The second issue is the apparent "rubbery" feel to the ball. I think you know the type. Makes a weird "ping" noise when you bounce it. I have returned the ball an I am looking for a better quality Wilson Special Edition ball like the one I had gotten my younger daughter earlier.
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