If you think that because you have great handles you can run the show at the high school or college level…
The reality is that SKILLS ALONE AREN’T ENOUGH to play college basketball. Gone are the days when good shooting skills or good ball-handling skills will help get the attention of college coaches. The players who get the most attentionare the best athletes: the quickest, fastest, most explosive players DOMINATE today’s fast-paced, physical game.
If you talk to your dad or your coach they’ll tell you that back when they played the game of high school basketball was different. It was played at a much slower pace; less bumping and pushing, more passing and shooting, and a whole lot less SPEED. 20 years ago you could dominate a game if you were skilled.
Back then if you “worked out” a couple times a week and played pick-up you had a chance to play college sports. But today’s game is VASTLY different from the one your coach or dad most likely played. Today’s game is completely different because of one thing: ATHLETICISM!
Today’s high school and college athletes are so strong, so fast, and so quick that any average athlete will simply be left on the bench. Compare the pictures of a college basketball player from 1985 and 2011. It’s like night and day. You can’t compete in today’s game of high school basketball unless you train like the elite high school players train. How do they train?
About 4 years ago I had a young point guard come to me. Despite being just a sophomore in high school he realized that he was going to have to be more than just skilled to play at the division 1 college level. Rather than sit on his butt and hope for the best because he could dribble, pass, and shoot, he made sure he was going to realize his dream by seizing the opportunity to train properly with a basketball performance coach.
From day 1 when I first met him you could tell this kid wanted it more than most kids his age. You see a lot of kids talk about how they’re working out, or training, but really what they’re doing are a few exercises that their dad or coach showed them from what he did back when he was in high school or college. While that is better than doing nothing, this kid wanted more. He KNEW that the difference between getting recruited over another kid was not simply how he could handle the ball, but rather how he athletically dominated a game.
Rather than wasting his time with an old-school lifting program, he knew that he needed a cutting-edge training program designed specifically for guards who need to: get more explosive, improve… Read more…