What are the odds of getting drafted? You might be surprised

High school hockey players have the best chance of going pro. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

What are the odds of getting drafted? You might be surprised

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What are the odds of getting drafted? You might be surprised

High school hockey players have the best chance of going pro. (Jerome Miron/USA TODAY Sports)

High school hockey players have the best chance of going pro. (Photo: Jerome Miron, USA TODAY Sports)

Playing a professional sport isn’t easy. That’s not Earth-shattering news.

But the odds of going pro might not be as astronomical as you once thought.

For example, one in every 590 high school boys’ ice hockey players gets drafted, according to an SBO.net study. Considering the odds of finding a four-leaf clover are one in 10,000, a 0.17 percent chance doesn’t seem so bad.

Back in high school, I never really thought I had a shot to go pro, but I found a four-leaf clover, so maybe I should have rethought my priorities and laced on some skates instead of picking through the grass on a field.

Speaking of fields, baseball and football have the next-best odds for going from high school to the pros, per SBO.net. One in 679 prep baseball players are selected, thanks to Major League Baseball’s 40-round draft each June. Things get tougher on the gridiron, as only one in 4,287 high school football players are drafted.

Unfortunately, women face a tougher road, as girls’ basketball features both the longest odds of going pro (one in 13,542) and the lowest pay once you get there ($75,000 average salary), according to SBO.net. Conversely, the one in 11,512 boys’ basketball players who are drafted into the NBA earn an average of $5.15 million — the highest salary of all six sports SBO.net’s researchers evaluated. Here are the website’s complete odds:

SPORT ODDS AVG. SALARY
Men’s Ice Hockey 1 in 590 $2.4 million
Baseball 1 in 679 $3.2 million
Football 1 in 4,287 $1.9 million
Men’s Soccer 1 in 5,797 $250,000
Men’s Basketball 1 in 11,512 $5.15 million
Women’s Basketball 1 in 13,542 $75,000

The average odds of going pro for prep players in these six sports is one in 6,608 (or 0.015 percent), so might I suggest to all you parents out there — enlist your kids in football, hockey and baseball to increase the odds.

And remember, kids — it’s harder to find a four-leaf clover on a professional field than it is to play on one.

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