Understanding What It Takes to Become a Better Player

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There are many levels of playing the game of basketball. Recreation, church leagues, middle school, high school, college, and then there’s the professional level. As a basketball player you have to ask yourself these questions, Which level are you at right now? And which level do you want to get to? How hard are you willing to work? Being a highly skilled basketball player will depend on how much drive you have inside you, how many sacrifices you are willing to make, and how much time and dedication you are willing to put into improving your game. I am assuming that if you are reading this, you want to be a successful basketball player and you want to work hard. First, you must understand all the elements needed to help you succeed. Oklahoma City Basketball Camps can apply different areas to your skill sets to make sure that you have the very best when it comes to basketball skills. Score Basketball presents Oklahoma city basketball camps like never before.

Offense – Do you have good “offensive” basketball skills? Can you catch the ball, pass the ball, can you see the open player, can you set good screens, can you use a screen, can you execute the plays, can you rebound, can you drive to the basket, can you shoot the ball, can you make free throws, can you make all your lay ups? These things (and much more) are all needed to become a highly skilled basketball player.

Ball Handling – Do you have good “ball handling / dribbling” skills? Ball handling is needed for every player and every position on the court. Having good ball handling skills takes a player to a whole new level of playing the game of basketball. Good ball handling skills allows a player to “see the floor” to find open players, open lanes to drive, the ability to drive and score, and to see defensive schemes (traps, etc). Ball handling allows a player the ability to become a “scoring machine” at any position they are playing.

Being a great Shooter – I didn’t say good shooter, I said great. Anyone can shoot the ball and make a few baskets. Players can even score 25 points a game and never take an outside shot (all layups, dunks, free throws, etc), but there are very few that can shoot with accuracy and consistency from the outside. These are the players that take 200 shots a day during the off season, and utilize great shooting form. There is no other way to become a great shooter other than to take hundreds of shots while using proper shooting form.

Defense – Are you Fast, Athletic, Quick, and especially Aggressive? There are all needed to play great defense. Defense takes a “killer” instinct, and lots of heart and determination. Understanding that defense is played with “attitude” and is just as important as playing offense (more important than playing offense). Are you that player that gets the “stop” when the game is on the line, do you keep the player you are guarding from scoring, are you doing your part on defense to help your team succeed?

Important Aspects of Basketball Besides Skills

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Some of the things we want you to understand are in this following article. Knowing / Understanding the Game – Do you watch lots of basketball on TV? I know a lot of players that say they really love basketball that never watch it on TV – this really doesn’t make much sense to me. The main premise behind watching basketball on TV is to “watch” and “learn” from other players that are already playing at a higher level, and then “emulate” (repeat) what they are doing. Watching on TV also gives a player the opportunity to see different skills, plays, schemes, and generally just learn more about the game. You know the old saying “The more you know” well that also pertains to basketball.

Leadership – Do you exhibit leadership skills on and off the court? Leadership can take on different roles such as being the leading scorer, the leading defender, the player that fires up the team and also keeps the team in “check” when needed, etc. There are also “silent” leaders (a leader doesn’t necessarily have to shout and scream, etc). This is the player that is intense, is consistent, and is very intimidating on the court. Overall a leader is that player that all the other players will listen to and follow.

Attitude / Mental Game – Attitude is “everything” (I know you’ve heard that one before, but it’s true). If you have a negative attitude, or you can’t get along with other players or the coaches, or you are always complaining about the refs, etc. You will have to change or you most likely won’t get the chance to play at the next level. A player must be “teachable” and must be able to “listen” to the coaches. How is your attitude? How does it affect your game? The “Mental” side of the game is also just as important as the “Physical” side of the game. It is so important that I have a whole menu page dedicated to it. I won’t get into it here much other than to say that the game of basketball is 10% skill and 90% mental so working on the “mental” side of the game is just as important as working on your physical skills.

Academics – Do not overlook the importance of academics. Some of the most talented players never make it to the next level just because of poor grades. There are rarely any exceptions to academic rules. You don’t have to have a 4.0 average, but you can’t make it into college with a 1.5 average either. Make academics a priority even if you are not planning to play sports at the next level. Colleges cannot afford to sign players and then lose them to poor academics – it’s not worth their time. Poor academics can also project a poor attitude, or an “I don’t care” type of attitude. Be careful, play it safe, a good education is needed even if you don’t play sports at the next level.

 

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