Ingredients of a top basketball player

  1. scoreboardHOOP_resizedHard work. Are you defined by hard work or do you just get by? You must have an attitude and demeanor on the court that is intense, focused, aggressive and no-nonsense. Do you take charges, dive on the floor for loose balls, run the floor, play unforgiving, “in your face” defense and attack the hoop effectively?
  2. Strength and power mentality. When you are playing D can you dictate where to direct the person you are guarding? Can you will your person to do what you want and does your physical strength and power back it up. A proactive attitude and skill dictates offensively and defensively.
  3. Understands what a coach wants. How is your basketball I.Q.? Can you plug into a system and execute?  If you want to be a top player getting along with others and understanding a particular style of play from your coach is absolutely essential.
  4. Stronger and quicker. Find exercises that help you and regularly do them.
  5. Find what separates you from others. Everyone is different. You were born with certain gifts and abilities. Learn to dial in on your gifting and improve on it. Be a great version of you. Compete, stop comparing yourself with others. You are one of a kind. Learn what works for you and be really good at it.
  6. Humility and kindness. Serve and care for your teammates. It will serve you well in the end.

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability.” – John Wooden

David is a former player, coach and basketball skills instructor. As the owner of The Orange Planet Basketball Company, he has worked with players from all ages including adults. David has a passion for the game and trains to develop the whole player. 

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