There are bigger gripes in basketball these days, especially in the NBA, but a sweaty ball is always an irritant to players. The Wilson Solution ($70) has microscopic holes in its knobby surface and along the black stripes that absorb moisture and prevent the ball from becoming slippery. Already the practice ball of choice for several Division I teams, the Solution has a slightly spongy feel and is softer than other balls on the market (though its bounce is the same as a regulation ball), but it still feels dry even after it has soaked up perspiration.
Absorbent polyurethane surfaces such as this one have been around for a while—check out the grip on many high-end tennis rackets—but until now they couldn't withstand the abrasion caused-by repeated bouncing off a wooden floor. Now that this critical problem has been solved, the rest of the game should be no sweat.