Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Legendary UCLA coach John Wooden used to say that “failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” Too often young athletes expect positive results without a proper plan in place. Whether it is making your middle school team, becoming a starter on varsity or playing at the college level, there are important steps that all athletes must take.
Establish Your Goal
Write down your specific goal as a reminder of what you are working towards.
Seek Guidance / Involve Others
Verbalize your goal to those who can assist you in the process. Often times, we assume that others are aware of what we want even though we’ve never specifically told them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Learn from others successes and failures. Parents, coaches, and older athletes are great resources for information if you are willing to ask.
This is where most people fall short. Be willing to put in the necessary work! If your coach explains that your ball handling is preventing you from receiving more playing time, make sure you focus on improving those skills. Young athletes face so many distractions today between Facebook and video games that certain social sacrifices may need to be made.
Commit to Succeed
If Michael Jordan would have given up after being cut from the JV team in high school, he would not be the most recognizable athlete in the history of the world. Everyone experiences setbacks so it is how we respond that determines our ultimate success. Expect roadblocks and detours but do not lose focus on your goal!
These simple steps require thought and commitment but will create a foundation for success for young athletes. The earlier athletes learn these lessons the better prepared they will be both on and off the court.
Whether you are a rec league, high school, collegiate or pro player you have to be able to score from different spots on the floor to be a successful offensive player. But which shot or spot is the best to shoot from? Obviously some of it depends on the score and time left in the game, however all things being equal I think there are certain spots that are better than others.
I think the 3rd best shot available in the game is 3 pointer anywhere from the middle of the court over to the wing. Besides the fact that it is worth more than a 2 pointer, a middle-to-wing 3 pointer typically will result in good spacing for the offense and thus a good shot at an offensive rebound. Some coaches who really push their teams to shoot the 3 have this philosophy-If the other team only shoots 2's and shoots 50%, then all we have to do is make 34% and shoots 3's and we'll beat them. I say middle-to-wing 3 because anything in the corner has a lower percentage of makes and is much tougher for the offense to rebound. In addition, the rebounds off corner 3's are easy fast break opportunities for the other team. Lastly, statistics show that players shoot at least as good if not better from 20 feet than they do from 10-15 feet.
I think the 2nd best shot in the game is a layup. It has a much higher percentage of going in even if it's a defended shot than the 3 pointer. Even if the shot is missed, almost 63% of all fouls occur in or near the lane (see chart above from 82games.com. Now that doesn't mean that they were driving for a layup, but without a doubt the closer to the basket you are the greater chance you have of getting a foul called in your favor. So even though 100% of layups don't go in, getting fouled in the lane as you drive helps bring it up to #2 on my list.
Basketball on Paper, Dean Oliver's statistics show that "teams that get to the line more are more effective than teams that make a higher percentage of their free throws." In fact, 7 of the last 10 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions have shot more free throws than their opponent. And in the NBA, 9 of the last 10 Champions have shot more cumulative free throws over the Finals than their opponent.
So if you want to win games, get to the free throw line. If you can't do that drive for layups. If neither of those are your forte, then shoot top and wing 3's.
"Release Your Potential"
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Elite Hoops is proud to welcome new Strength, Conditioning and Nutrition Coach Taylor Molitoris to our staff. In addition to training under Jasper Cain or PureSpeed and Tony Villani from XPE Sports, Taylor is completing his BA in Physical Education from Kennesaw State. He is also pursuing an ACE Personal Training certification as well as a Nutrition and Fitness advisor certification. Taylor will be writing a weekly blog on health, nutrition and training. Check out his first blog below.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
"Release Your Potential"
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Elite Hoops will once again be hosting its NIKE Girls Basketball Camp at Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell, Georgia from June 6-June 10, 2011. This camp will be open to girls entering grades 4-9 and will run for 4 full days (Monday-Thursday) from 9:00am-3:00pm with a "Championship Day" on Friday from 9:00am-12:00pm. Enrollment is limited to 80 campers to maintain our 8:1 player to coach ratio.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Elite Hoops Hall of Famers and Philadelphia 76ers, Jodie Meeks and Lou Williams are still shining as the 76ers climb towards the playoffs. Over the past six games, Meeks is averaging 13.2 points on 49.0% shooting. Meeks is also shooting 45.2% from 3-point range over the past 17 games and ranks tied for 26th in the league in 3-point percentage at 40.7%. Williams has scored 20+ points in eight of his past 23 games played with an a ppg average of 16.0. He's been on fire the past 2 games, shooting 56.0% from the floor and 40.2% overall. The Sixers are 8-1 when he scores 20+ points this season.