The first time I attended PGC directed by Dena Evans, she said a phrase over and over that I remember to this day. It is easy to remember because I am reminded of it often. “Players under pressure revert back to their deeply held habits”. In a big game, against tough defense you will see what type of player you are. You will see what your habits are. Every time I step into a gym almost every athlete looks the same; a little out of control, a little weak with the ball, makes a few too many mistakes, and hardly ever has a plan.
I want to repeat that last sentence, because every aspiring basketball player should listen up and find a way to change. Most athletes look the same; a little out of control, a little weak with the ball, make a few too many mistakes, and hardly ever have a plan. Imagine this player under pressure, when their deepest held habits are exposed; they become severely out of control, very weak with the ball, with way too many mistakes and no plan.
This is why we teach what we do at PGC, by developing just a few key habits, and by habit I mean always and every, an athlete can EASILY look special. I want to coach a player who has the habit of being powerful with the ball, decides to throw short and sure passes, and plays under control (defined as control of body, eyes, and the ball). This player can think the game and will rarely be caught by surprise.
If you aspire to be special, to stand out to good coaches, then get good at these things. A special player spends time getting better at these key habits before working on their step back jumper. A special player is in the gym practicing their ability to change speeds with vision of the court, not stationary ball handling. A special player practices their passing with accuracy and speed. A special player prepares their plans for attacking pressure, zones, and traps, not their wide open breakaway lay-ups.
At PGC, we teach how to become an efficient basketball player who coaches can trust. We prepare athletes for all situations so they can be effective against tough competition in big games, not the last game in an open gym against their tired friends and washed up local heroes.
I just watched an entire weekend of AAU basketball, 16 hours in gyms coaching and taking in hundreds of “elite” athletes and teams. No player stood out. Some were bigger or stronger or faster, but not a single player made me say, that kid can play. And it made me excited, it pumped me up for the potential growth of so many athletes that desire to be excellent. It made me so excited to bring another 6000 athletes through PGC this summer. I can’t wait to have the opportunity to give the athletes what they so desperately need. Extra-ordinary habits of basketball, training and life that will become surprisingly addictive.
Here’s to the summer of PGC, I hope to see you there.
THINK THE GAME
Join us this summer and discover how to become a playmaker, lead your team, and run the show.
Learn to play offense the same way you breathe. Join PGC Director of Player Development Tyler Coston as he teaches the alternating current philosophy on offense, which will allow your team to get better shots and keep the defense scrambling.
Mediocre passers attempt to pass around and over defenders. Great passers pass through defenders. To pass through defenders, you must subconsciously know which windows are open. To do this, you must learn to be patient. Keep your elbow bent and the ball next your body. Open passing windows with your eyes and your height.
When asked about what he learned in the NBA, Devin Booker said the number one thing he learned was he does not have to play fast. The NBA game is all about holding something back and knowing when to use those one or two steps. That’s control.
PGC Basketball provides intense, no-nonsense basketball training for players and coaches. Our basketball camps are designed to teach players of all positions to play smart basketball, be coaches on the court, and be leaders in practices, games and in everyday life.
We combine our unique PGC culture with a variety of teaching methods and learning environments to maximize the learning potential of those that attend our sessions. In addition to spending 6-7 hours on the court each day, lessons will be reinforced through classroom sessions and video analysis.
Our goal at PGC is to empower you with the tools to fulfill your basketball dreams, while also assisting you in experiencing the joy of the journey.