The Jalen Brunson Drill: 1 Tip to Help Shooters Create Space

Good shooters are constantly searching for space. A few inches here and there is often the difference between a clean look and an altered shot. This article looks at a tiny detail that allows Villanova's Jalen Brunson One to create extra space. 

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Offseason Planning: A Personal Example of What NOT to Do

The offseason is a great time for players to get better. But it’s easy for players to skip the crucial planning stage and jump straight back into training without a clear plan of attack. This post dives into how to effectively plan for the summer by examining how I (poorly) attempted to create a plan when I was a player.

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Why Most Ball Handling Drills Suck

Many players and trainers make a big mistake when it comes to ball handling. They don't include defense or require any kind of court awareness. Here's one drill that fixes that.

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4 Ways to Build Mental Toughness During Your Workouts

The summer is more than just a time to work on your skills. It’s a time to build your mental strength as well. Fortunately, with the right attitude, you can work on both at the same time.

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The Ultimate Answer to the Eternal Debate: Should I Work On My Strengths or Weaknesses?

It’s one of the biggest debates in training. Should you focus on eliminating your weaknesses or improving your strengths? I’ve heard good arguments for both sides. This post creates a new framework for thinking about the debate. It’s a doozy, enjoy!

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"How Long Should I Workout For?"

Players ask me this question all the time. I think they’re often expecting me to say something like “2 hours” or “30 minutes of ball handling and an hour of shooting.” But what I usually say is, “It doesn’t matter.”

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The One Key to Making Shooting Drills More Realistic

The goal of doing shooting drills is to become a better shooter in the game. This is obvious. But the problem is that most people tend to forget this fact. They practice shooting in ways that are far from realistic. In particular, there's one important thing that most shooting drills lack: decision making.

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Lions vs. Antelopes (We're the Antelopes)

In evolution, there is a concept known as optimal challenge. Antelopes use optimal challenge to become faster and stronger. You too can use optimal challenge to become a better basketball player.

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How the Best Players in The World Use Metacognition

It’s a skill to be able to evaluate yourself honestly and deeply. In basketball, this is usually reserved for post-game assessments.But I want to highlight another form of self-evaluation that should be occurring hundreds of times every day: when you’re training.

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When Training Hard Backfires

As much as I prize hard work, I value smart work even more. There are times when training to exhaustion is counterproductive. Specifically, when you’re learning a new skill

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If You Look Stupid, You're Doing Something Right

“Teammates of the hockey star Wayne Gretzky would occasionally witness a strange sight: Gretzky falling while he skated through solitary drills on the ice. While the spectacle of the planet’s greatest hockey player toppling over like a grade-schooler might seem surprising, it actually makes perfect sense..."

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R.E.P.S. The Simple Acronym for Creating Effective Drills

You’ve probably heard the phrase, "give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime.” Well, this relates to skill training as well.

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