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Basketball Fundamentals - The Exceptional Player

By James Gels, from the Coach’s Clipboard Basketball Playbook, @ http://www.coachesclipboard.net

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These are some of the things that make a player a standout above the rest. The exceptional player:

1. Always plays great defense, even when his/her offense is "off".

2. Always hustles, boxes-out and rebounds.

3. Sees the whole floor and is an excellent passer, able to find the open teammate.

4. Is a good ball-handler, avoids costly turnovers.

5. Can shoot from outside.

6. Can drive, "take it to the hoop".
You can't rely on just an outside shot, or just your ability to drive. You've got to be able to do both. If you can't score from outside, the defense will "sag" and not allow you to drive. If you can't drive, they will guard you close outside, and not allow your outside shot. You’ve got to be able to do both so that the defense cannot key on either aspect of your game.

7. Looks for the open shot all the time. Doesn't stop shooting just because of missing one or two shots early in the game. If a great player starts off "cold", he/she will usually get it going by hustling, playing good defense, getting a steal or two, and getting into the flow of the game, and getting an easy lay-up or free-throw. Then the shots will start falling.

8. Can make clutch free-throws.

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9. Stays out of foul-trouble.

10. Has "mental toughness"... is able to sense the critical times in a game and elevate his/her game and teammates a notch (especially with defense, hustle and rebounding). Is able to make the "big plays" in crunch time.

Is able to do the "little things" needed to win...like making the pass to an open teammate, setting a perfect screen, making a steal, etc. Keeps focused...does not get upset by a bad call. Is able to forget mistakes and keep playing hard. Understands the game situation, the clock.

11. Inspires and leads his/her teammates by example, hard work and hustle in practice and during games. The exceptional player works harder than anyone else. You can't ask your teammates to practice and play harder if you're not there yourself. Exceptional players are not born...they become exceptional by hard work and dedication.

12. Understands the concept of "team" and "family". It takes more than skill to have a championship team. You must have team "chemistry", respect for each other, a common goal, and help and encourage each other.

13. The exceptional player is "coachable". Listens and works closely with the coach. Is willing to try new things and is willing to "step up" when the coach needs some leadership on and off the court.






Helpful DVDs:


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Mental Performance
Many more basketball DVDs at the Coach's Clipboard Basketball DVD Store!

This page lists and categorizes a number of DVDs focused on the mental aspect of sports in general and basketball. Included topics are confidence building, goal setting, sports psychology, motivation, mental training, stress control, and team building.



Coach K and Johnny Dawkins teach guard play!

Mike Krzyzewski: Duke Basketball - Developmental Drills for Perimeter Players
with Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University Head Men's Basketball Coach.

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Coach K and Chris Collins teach you how to play the point guard position.

Mike Krzyzewski: Duke Basketball - Developmental Drills for Point Guards
with Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University Head Men's Basketball Coach
and Chris Collins, Head Coach Northwestern University, former Duke University Assistant Basketball Coach.

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Perimeter moves and drills from Coach Wright of Villanova

Jay Wright: Attacking Footwork Drills for Perimeter Players
with Jay Wright, Villanova University Head Men's Basketball Coach.

Price: $39.99
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Steve Alford's Ultimate Guard Development Drills

Steve Alford's Ultimate Guard Development Drills
with Steve Alford, UCLA Head Coach, former University of New Mexico Head Coach; former University of Iowa Head Coach.

Price: $39.99
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Becoming a Champion Basketball Player: The Perimeter Player

Five Star: Becoming a Champion Basketball Player: The Perimeter Player
with Five-Star Basketball Coach/Instructor and Memphis Grizzlies NBA Scout, Scott Adubato.

Price: $39.99
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Coach K teaches post play!

Mike Krzyzewski: Duke Basketball - Developmental Drills for Post Players
with Mike Krzyzewski, Duke University Head Men's Basketball Coach; and Steve Wojciechowski, head coach at Marquette University.

Price: $44.99
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Pete Newell's Big Man Moves and Skill Development

Pete Newell's Big Man Moves and Skill Development
with Pete Newell, Basketball Hall of Fame, former coach at University of San Francisco, Michigan State University, and the University of California - Berkeley; and Mike Dunlap, Loyola Marymount University Head Coach.

Price: $39.99
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