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January 10, 2018: Villanova Wildcats guard Jalen Brunson (1) in action during the NCAA basketball game between the Xavier Musketeers and the Villanova Wildcats at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Villanova Wildcats won 89-65. Christopher Szagola/CSM(Credit Image: © Chris Szagola/CSM via ZUMA Wire)

Wooden Award Watch: Jalen Brunson Player Breakdown

Wooden Award Watch: Jalen Brunson Player Breakdown

Villanova’s Jalen Brunson is a player of the year candidate who excels at fundamentals for a complete overall game.  Jalen Brunson has been a staple of college basketball for the last 3 seasons. The Villanova junior is a coach’s dream when it comes to point guard play. He is a winner and leader who can shoot

July 26, 2017 - Albuquerque, NM, U.S. - Albuquerque Journal.Pictured is New Mexico's mens basketball coach Paul Weir(cq) inside his office at working at a stand up desk. photographed inside the film room at the Rudy Davalos basketball practice facility. .Albuquerque, New Mexico Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal (Credit Image: © Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal via ZUMA Wire)

Go Home Coach: 5 Ways to Save Time and Be More Efficient

The basketball season is long and grueling. Once practices and games begin, the days and nights can blend together. In order to lead and mentor their teams, coaches often sacrifice things like time with family, friends, themselves, not to mention sleep and exercise. Having a proper work/life balance is important to the health of coaches, and

September 29, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN, U.S.A - Amir Coffey dribbles during a drill. ] LEILA NAVIDI • leila.navidi@startribune.com ....BACKGROUND INFORMATION: University of Minnesota mens basketball practice with new coach Richard Pitino at their first practice on Friday, September 29, 2017 at Williams Arena. ORG XMIT: MIN1709291622530139 (Credit Image: © Leila Navidi/Minneapolis Star Tribune via ZUMA Wire)

3 Keys to In Season Player Development

Player development is often the focus during the off season as players work on improving weaknesses and overall game. In season, practice time is heavily focused on team concepts, and understandably so. However, it is just as important to include player development work so players maintain skills that were enhanced during the off season, and even improve

November 15, 2017 - Jinan, Jinan, China - Jinan, CHINA-15th November 2017:(EDITORIAL USE ONLY. CHINA OUT) ..Members of the Shenzhen Team including American professional basketball player Jared Sullinger do warm-up exercise before the match during CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) 2017/18 in Jinan, east China's Shandong Province, November 15th, 2017. (Credit Image: © SIPA Asia via ZUMA Wire)

Pregame Visualization Techniques to Improve Performance

Visualization in sports and athletic performance has become more common over the last several decades. Teams and players have been using it to help clear their minds, think positively, review the game and improve performance. Athletes such as Carli Lloyd and Lindsey Vonn, actor Will Smith and even Oprah Winfrey have been known to use

Dec. 22, 2014 - Lakeville, MN, U.S. - MacKenzie Denk (43) during practice Monday afternoon at Lakeville North High School.    ]  JEFF WHEELER •     The Lakeville North girl's basketball team practiced Monday afternoon, December 22, 2014 at the high school. (Credit Image: © Jeff Wheeler/Minneapolis Star Tribune/ZUMA Wire)

Game Like Drills for Pregame Warm Ups

Practice is inherently about preparing for a game by performing drills that translate to games scenarios. Most coaches would say that pregame warm ups are about getting players’ bodies physically ready for the game. However, the mental aspect of pregame needs to be just as much of a focus, if not more. Preparing for the

June 12, 2017 - Oakland, CA, USA - The Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant (35) goes in for the basket against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Monday, June 12, 2017. (Credit Image: © Dan Honda/TNS via ZUMA Wire)

Player Development: Training Guards and Posts Together

Traditional player development consists of breaking up players into guards and bigs, working specifically on post work for bigs and outside work for guards. With basketball becoming more and more versatile and positionless, it’s critical that players be trained in all skills and not boxed into a single position based on their size or current skillset.

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