If you really want to improve at the game of basketball here is our advice for maximum development.  Improvement should involve several key areas.

First, you need to focus on hard skill development.  Hard skills such as shooting, ball handling and offensive skillsare acquired through intentional focus and repetition.  You should work on these about 2-5 hours per day depending on your current ability, age and your specific goals.  The better you want to be the more you should train.

The second focus should be on soft skill development specifically understanding the game and learning the nuances to react.  This is best accomplished in a very competitive and intensive setting which allows you many opportunities with the ball.  We recommend finding a good gym or a group of competitive players and play lots and lots of one-on-one and three-on-three–anything you can do to touch the ball often and to isolate your hard skill work.  5 on 5 is one of the slowest ways to build skills because of the simple mathematical reality that you have much less time with the ball.  Also, traveling to games is time wasted.

Third, you need a specific physical training plan—building your strength, quickness and vertical jump.  Meet with a trainer to access your current strengths and weaknesses.  Work to build a intensive workout which emphasizes growth in these areas.

Fourth, you need a mental plan working on confidence, personal faith, and mental toughness.  This is a crucial separator between good and great athletes.  Goals should be posted and worked for each day.  You need to have a visualization routine along with a few key quotes or verses to think about daily.

Finally, we recommend you find a mentor who can help you plan and be accountable to your goals.  The reason why camp is such a great training place is because you get saturated in both hard and soft skill training, you get your plans in place and you can make the important changes you need in your game.

See you at camp!

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