With the NCAA Tournament coming to an end on Monday and Louisville being crowned champions I would like to take one look back at the tournament and the affect that it can have on your development as a player. Part of player development is watching a ton of basketball, learning from what you watch, and then applying those lessons to your own basketball skill development and/or sports performance training. Over the past two installments on the NCAA tournament, we covered being a multiple skill player and having the ability to beat your defender from any position and first step explosion or quick bursts of speed that give players like Peyton Siva an edge over their opponents. In this final recap of the NCAA tournament the focus is going to be on the jump shot which was almost redfined this year by players such as Luke Hancock, Trey Burke, Spike Albrecht, and Nik Stauskas. Sure there have been great jump shooting performances in the recent past by players like Jimmer Fredette and Stephan Curry but I have not seen anything quite like the shooting this year as a collective whole.
As I watched the aforementioned players bury jumper upon jumper, some of which were from ranges that made Fredette’s jumpers look like layups I could not help but notice a lot of the same priniciples that I learned from Paul Hoover, founder of the Pro Shot System, and that we apply at all of our workouts at Elite Basketball Training. In fact, Trey Burke of Michigan, who was recently named Naismith Player of the Year actually trained with Paul Hoover and uses all of his techniques like the finger, the turn, the hop, and the sweep and sway. For a period of time, I was beginning to worry that basketball players and coaches were not taking jump shooting seriously, as brick after brick was thrown up at the rim I could not help to think that jump shooting around the country was consistently terrible. However in the last week Burke and these other players have reassured me that there is still good jump shooting out there and that they all follow the same techniques that the Pro Shot System is based on. It is exciting to see this and important for players to learn from not only their technique but also from the fact that if you can shoot the basketball well, a coach will find a spot for you on the floor. He has too. Yes, defense may win games and championships but at the end of the day, the team who scores the most wins and shooting is one of , if not the most prominent way to score.
Keep this in mind as you head out to practice this weekend. Learn the proper way to shoot. Work on that form repetitively until it becomes ingrained into your head. Then never stray from it while taking jumper upon jumper upon jumper in order to perfect the craft and become an excellent jump shooter. Doing so is guaranteed to get you more court time and it might even make you the next star of your team.
If you are interested in learning more about the Pro Shot System, drop me a line in the comments section below or email me directly. And keep your eyes open for our Six Week Summer Shooting Program featuring the Pro Shot System and coming soon.