There is no question that JU women’s basketball head coach Jill Dunn will count on senior guard Gigi Thomas as a leader this season following her completion at the Point Guard College in Carrollton, Ga. Thomas was one of 65 athletes invited to the camp which was specially designed to teach basketball players to play the game intelligently, to train purposefully, to be “coaches on the court,” and to be true leaders during games, in practice, during the off-season, and in everyday life.
Each year, our directors spend a lot of time with the many special basketball players that our program attracts, along with great observing coaches. As shared in each of our first lectures, there are two types of players who attend any summer basketball camp or player development program: athletes and campers.
VIDEO: It’s the NBA vs. the WNBA as Minnesota Timberwolves forward Ryan Gomes takes on Minnesota Lynx guard and Point Guard College alum, Monica Wright, in a game of H.O.R.S.E.
Like most people, a lot of basketball players are looking for that one thing that will create an immediate impact for themselves and their team. Let’s take a look at five things any player can do to gain immediate improvement.
THINK THE GAME
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Great shooters like Ray Allen and Kobe Bryant are providing a must-watch NBA Finals series as they show off theiroffensive games to give their teams another NBA crown. While it can be difficult to prevent a great shooter from scoring, especially if they have strong counter dribble moves, there are a few simple things you can do ‘every’ and ‘always’ to limit the scoring opportunities for any great shooter.
I was given this book “The Go Giver” by a mentor of mine, and the powerful thoughts shared in the book are now a part of my every-day life (along with the sequel, “The Go Giver Sells More”). While the book does not offer great basketball drills or agility exercises (because that’s the message), I found immediate correlations between a Go Giver and the type of leaders we are trying to teach, build, and mold at Point Guard College. Here is a brief summary of the book and its correlation to being a true point guard and leader – both on and off the court.
If you’re running a basketball camp or conducting a basketball clinic for basketball players or coaches anytime soon, you’re going to have one big problem on your hands. The moment you open the gym doors and let your basketball players out for lunch break, a water break, or at the end of day, it can be hard to get them back.
This is a critical time for athletes and coaches to build some positive relationships. The people you meet this summer could very well be connected to the opportunity you are deeply seeking to get – both as a player and as a coach. The challenge is, in a technology-driven world, building relationships has become a lost art.