When players ask me what they can do to look special, they are really asking me how they can get more shots within their offense. They tend to dismiss this crucial answer, “Identify what your opponent does poorly, expose that, and you will stand out.” What do the majority of players do poorly? Execute their transition defense well.
But when you shift the way you think, the way you play begins to change. Playing this way is hard. It takes superior conditioning & mental toughness. But never forget: Everything worth having is on the other side of hard.
Basketball isn’t like football. You must be able to play on both sides of the ball if you want to stay on the court and excel. Here’s the good news. Tall or short, strong or weak, quick or slow, lockdown defenders are made, not born.
Here are the four keys to becoming a lockdown defender that I wish I would have known while I was still playing.
Rebounding deserves more of your focus. Once you focus on these five secrets and turn them into habits, you will average 3 more rebounds per game and be a part of the select few that rebound way bigger than their size
Athletes, this is for you. We all want to play more minutes, have more fun, and win more games. But there’s a big problem that we all succumb to that’s holding us back from reaching our full potential.
THINK THE GAME
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What can you start doing today to win more games?
Join PGC Director Tyler Coston, as he shares four ways to improve your mental toughness, habits and focus necessary for winning more games.
If there was one habit that could transform your game instantly, would you adopt it?
We teach 10,000 athletes each summer and find that a majority of the athletes do not use this one habit (when they first arrive). It’s disappointing because it is so foundational, practical, and game-changing that we believe every basketball player needs it in their game.
Don’t simply be an in game shooter, discover how to be a fourth quarter and overtime maker. Join PGC Director Marke Freeman, as she shares what it takes to make shots in the clutch.
High-level communication is a character trait that coaches crave, and often, players struggle to implement.
When it comes to getting your teammates’ attention, how do you move from a place of frustration and confusion to one of confidence and certainty? Join PGC Director Chad Songy as he shares how to lead your teammates with one simple word.