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- Wilson is the official basketball of the NCAA Championships and March Madness
- Patented laid-in channels deliver unmatched gripability and ball control
- Cushion Core Technology offers an exceptional feel and more consistent bounce
- Designed for Indoor and Outdoor Play
- Replica of the NCAA Official Game Basketball
- A favorite of competitive players everywhere
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The Official Basketball of NCAA March Madness
Wilson Basketball is an institution on the court, the name is synonymous with authenticity, dependability, and innovation. With a standing partnership forged in the 90’s, Wilson has been the only ball to grace the hardwoods of the NCAA Championship for over 20 years. Today, Wilson and the NCAA are building up the game – offering a full range of products for every enthusiast. Basketball is year-round, living beyond spotlighted moments. It’s #MoreThanMarch.
Whether you’re playing in The Final Four or lunchtime pick-up, the ball matters. The NCAA Replica Game Basketball delivers superior durability for countless hours in the gym, but also exceptional grip, so you can get that crossover just right
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Things I like about it:
- Decent grip and seems durable (I've had it for a couple months now)
Things I really don't like about it:
- It has a "dead" bounce to it. It sounds flat when it hits the court and I had to overinflate it a bit just to get it to give me some good bounce.
- Every single time anyone grabs this they say "why is this so heavy?" Even other outdoor balls I've played with are pretty noticeably lighter. I'm not sure if it's because of the deep ridges or maybe just the material it's made from.
All in all decent. Probably won't get this a second time around but it works for a casual athlete that doesn't want to sink $50 into a ball.
If you play indoors it's not nice enough. It gets dirty quickly and after a couple weeks it will seem cheaper than your gym filled with Evolutions, Solutions, Spalding TF-1000's, Baden & Nike Elite balls. It's an indoor/outdoor ball and this will become apparent quickly compared with indoor specific balls and this ball will be left on the sidelines when people shoot around.
If you play outdoors its really nice for about a week or two before it quickly becomes very very smooth. Yes, people will really want to play with it over that week or two, but after that it ages quickly to the point of being unplayable because the grip has completely worn off. The composite they use feels good but is not nearly durable enough for outdoor surfaces. After a week - it's great! After a month - it's an expensive bald tire!
There are better options on both sides of the indoor/outdoor spectrum, and where this falls on that spectrum will ultimately make you unhappy. If you play indoors a lot just buy an indoor ball. If you play outdoors get something with a little more rubber in it. I'm not saying a rubber ball, just something built with materials that will endure the rigors of outdoor surfaces while still being very playable, because for the money there are longer lasting outdoor solutions than this.
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.