Player Development

Skills without Drills – Part 1

Players- Here’s the situation: Season has begun and you find yourself wanting to bring something to your team that can immediately affect the outcome of the game. But you don’t have time to acquire a new skill like shooting, or point-guard-dribbling-abilities, or ten more pounds of muscle. (Those kind of things take time – usually off-season time.) So, what can ... Read More »

44 Traits of Great Players

I have spent a ton of time, up close and personal, observing truly great players – guys like LeBron, KD, CP3 and Stephen Curry. Below is a list of the characteristics great players showcase every day… in every practice and in every game. You know my favorite part about this list? Every trait on this list is 100% controllable! They ... Read More »

Wanting It Is Not Enough

Each and every time you step on the court or walk in the weight room, you have a choice to make. You can choose to work hard or you can choose to not work hard. Not working hard is actually a choice. You are 100% in control of your effort and your attitude. For this off-season to be as productive ... Read More »

5 PIECEs to a Killer Workout

I realize the landscape of youth and high school basketball has changed drastically over the past 20 years and that players don’t really have a true ‘off-season’ anymore. While my prescriptions for each have been severely modified over the last decade, I still choose to divide the calendar year into 3 phases based on the typical high school season in ... Read More »

Drills vs Skills

The Summer is upon us and while many players will  be crossing the country playing tournaments, do not over look the importance of skill development during this time of the season. Whether you coach a team or specialize in player development, it is essential to know the difference between being a skill coach and a drill coach. One of my absolute ... Read More »

Basketball Motivation for Players

With Summer in the United States upon us, I wanted to provide some motivation to help you get over the hump and stay on task. If you want to be successful this winter, you have to put in the work this summer. At the start of next school year, will you be able to say the following? I got up ... Read More »

Servicing the Body

A few weeks ago I took my car in for routine service. Well, I thought I was going in for routine service, but found out I needed to have some additional work done. In addition to the standard oil change, I was told I needed new tires, a wheel alignment and new brake pads. I quickly asked how necessary the additional work ... Read More »

5 Keys to Fully Maximize All of Your Talent

This article has been provided by J.P. Clark, LA Cippers Assistant Skill Development Coach “I don’t want to be any good.” “I am not interested in becoming the best I can become.” “I want to be mediocre.” Have you ever heard any of the above statements spoken from an aspiring player? The answer to that question is most likely no. These ... Read More »