Author Archives: Tony Miller

So You Want to Be a College Basketball Player?

So You Want to Be a College Basketball Player?

Some quick advice on what it takes to be an impact college basketball player from a Division III basketball coach.  “There’s a difference between being a college basketball player and being an impact college basketball player.” Every spring, I enjoy scrolling through my social media feed looking at all the college commitments by graduating student-athletes

Final Four – The Kansas Jayhawks’ X Factor

The combination of great offense and talented players makes Kansas arguably the most consistent team in the NCAA the last decade plus. Thirty-one wins. Another Big 12 regular season championship. A Big 12 tournament championship. And the latest – a trip to the Final Four. Oh, and this was supposed to be a down year

Coach: Simple Suggestions for Improved Practice

In the quest for more effective basketball practices, the answer lies in simplicity, engagement, evaluation and positivity. Every coach understands it’s not what happens in games that determines the outcome of a season. It’s what happens during the practices leading up to games. Here are four simple suggestions to make sure you’re getting most of those

4 Keys to Developing Mental Toughness

“Mental toughness is having the natural or developed psychological edge that enables you to generally cope better than your opponents with the many demands (competition, training, lifestyle); specifically, be more consistent and better than your opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident, and in control under pressure.”* The late John Wooden once said, “You can’t have

What it Means to be “Champions Today”

Several years ago, our coaching staff chose the phrase “Champions Today” as our program’s motto for that season. Throughout the year, people would ask what exactly “Champions Today” meant. Some figured we were placing an added emphasis on winning, while others thought it had something to do with the pursuit of a championship. In actuality, the phrase

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