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Basketball Fundamentals - The Exceptional Player

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See these great clips from Dena Evans at Point Guard College. Even better, attend a Point Guard College session... more than just another "camp".

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Dena Evans on Mental Toughness
Mental Toughness

Dena Evans on communication and body language
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Precision

Dena Evans on developing habits and giving reminders
Good Habits



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.

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.



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Mental Performance
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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. For any athlete today, whether it is elite-level, professional, recreational, and even youth athletes, successful performances cannot simply be attributed to superior physical performance. Concepts such as mental imagery, goal setting, motivation training, team building, and relaxation are the basis for strong mental preparation whether it be for a team or an individual sport, for a coach or an athlete.



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, NABC "Coach of the Decade," 12X NABC "Coach of the Year," Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2001), 3X NCAA National Championships ('91, '92,'01)

and Johnny Dawkins, Duke University Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach; 2X First Team All-American, All-Time Leading Scorer (Duke), "National Player of the Year" ('86), named one of the "50 Greatest Players in ACC History".

Coach Mike Krzyzewski and Associate Head Coach Johnny Dawkins give you an "inside look" at Duke's intense workout for perimeter players. The Duke basketball program has a reputation for unparalleled individual improvement using these competitive and innovative drills... (more info)

Price: $44.99
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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, NABC "Coach of the Decade," 12X NABC "Coach of the Year," Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2001), 3X NCAA National Championships ('91, '92,'01)

and Chris Collins, Duke University Assistant Basketball Coach; #6 all-time 3 pt. field goals made (Duke).

For the past 25 years, Duke has been home to some of the best point guards in the country and they have all studied and practiced the developmental drills presented in this excellent production... (more info)

Price: $44.99
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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, NCAA "Sweet 16" (2005), Philadelphia Big Five Eastern College Coach of the Year.

Jay Wright's unique ability to teach proper fundamentals and footwork is key to the national success of his Villanova program... His motto is that "Players must be comfortable on either foot" so his workouts focus on pivoting on both the inside and the outside foot from both sides of the floor and why both are important. Wright demonstrates his Jab Series which creates potent scoring options from anywhere on the floor. Taught with or without the use of a screen, this series forms the bedrock for perimeter effectiveness at Villanova. A compliment to the Jab Series is the Swing Series... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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Steve Alford's Ultimate Guard Development Drills
Steve Alford's Ultimate Guard Development Drills
with Steve Alford, University of New Mexico Head Coach; former University of Iowa Head Coach. Coach Alford presents a comprehensive tape on guard development appropriate for all ages. This video stresses competitive techniques for ball handling, shooting, footwork, reading screening angles, and counters to all defensive switching on screens. These innovative guard drills will enhance the development for any player wanting to learn and improve their understanding and execution of being an effective guard. Along with ball handling drills, Alford includes a multitude of shooting drills... (more info)

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. This excellent DVD, featuring instructional techniques and methodology employed at the legendary Five-Star camps, will show you what it takes to be a "Champion" perimeter player - emphasizing the ability to create and convert open shots, getting open on the wing, using screens, and catching and shooting in transition. Drill sets include the "triple threat" series for spot-shooting, transition shooting, catching and shooting on the move... (more info)

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, NABC "Coach of the Decade," 12X NABC "Coach of the Year," Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (2001), 3X NCAA National Championships ('91, '92,'01).

and Steve Wojciechowski, Duke University Assistant Basketball Coach, National "Defensive Player of the Year" ('98), 2X "All ACC," holds Duke's 2nd highest single season steal total (82)

For the past 25 years, Duke has been known for some of the toughest post players in the country - they have all studied and practiced the developmental drills presented in this excellent production... (more info)

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 ('79), Gold Medal Olympic Team ('60), NCAA Championship ('59), NIT Championship ('49), and Mike Dunlap, Metro State College Head Coach, 2X D-II NCAA Champions.

Coach Pete Newell has spread his "big man" basketball principles across the world through his famous camps and clinics, having taught some of the game's best-ever post players such as Shaquille O'Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, Ralph Sampson, and Bill Walton. Coach Dunlap has also used these "Pete Newell" principles to transform the Metro State program into one of the powerhouses of Division II basketball. In this demonstration-clinic presentation, Coach Newell includes over 20 areas of big man development including pivoting, getting open, power moves, counters, psychological attitude, and 14 big man moves. Newell teaches virtually every move to get open, seal defenders, get jump shots and hooks shots, how to attack the basket, and how to finish strong. He also teaches and demonstrates the technique of the pick and roll, as well as all of the counters and reads to keep the defense guessing and off-balance. Everything taught in this basketball DVD can be incorporated into individual and team workouts and used at any point during the pre-season, in-season, and post-season for any age or skill level.... (more info)

Price: $39.99
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