6 Ways to Become a Better Basketball Player

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As with any other sport, becoming a good basketball player takes a huge amount of hard work, dedication and perseverance. Of course, it’s not as simple as just spending every day working on your shooting skills, as there is a lot more to basketball than just tossing a ball through a hoop. With this in mind, here are six ways to boost your skills and hopefully become a better basketball player.

Sweat Your Way to Success

If you want to become a better basketball player, you have to be ready and willing to work for it. This means spending countless hours in the gym and on the court to continually improve your physical fitness and skills. A basketball academy or camp will only take you so far. No amount of skills training will matter if you’re not willing to put in the time and work to actually practice what you’ve learned and improve yourself.

Pay Attention to the Mental Side of the Game

The physical side of the game is only one part of the equation. You’ve got to be mentally tough in order to have a chance of making it. This means not letting yourself get discouraged by a bad game or unfair calls and also being mentally prepared to stay calm, cool and collected under pressure. In short, focusing on the mental side of the game will allow you to become someone that your teammates know they can rely on when the going gets tough.

Skills Training Is Key

When we said, ‘Sweat your way to success,’ we weren’t discounting the huge benefit that basketball training camps can provide. Through these training camps, you will learn a huge number of new exercises, skills and ways of training yourself to become a better player, both physically and mentally. The fact that many training camps are taught by successful players and coaches means that campers have a great opportunity to learn from people who know exactly what it takes. In this way, they can prove to be an invaluable tool in your effort to improve your skills and become a better basketball player.

Test Yourself Against the Best

As the old saying goes, ‘practice makes perfect.’ However, practice can still only take you so far.

You’ll also need to constantly test yourself in real games in order to make sure that you can actually put all those skills you practiced into good use. In this sense, playing in as many basketball tournaments as possible can be hugely beneficial and allow you to continuously test your skills against new opponents.

Identify and Focus on Your Weaknesses

No matter what position you play, it’s important that you work to become as complete of a player as possible. This means spending as much time working on your weaknesses as on your strengths, maybe even more. It also means knowing how to take criticism and using it to drive yourself to improve, instead of letting it get you down. No basketball player will ever be great at everything, but it’s still important that you try to focus on becoming a well-rounded of a player as you can.

Yoga for Improved Strength, Flexibility and Mental Toughness

Yoga is becoming extremely popular among a huge range of different professional athletes. The truth is that yoga is far more difficult and rewarding than most people think and it can provide a huge boost to your overall strength, flexibility, self-awareness and mental toughness. In fact, Coach Steve Kerr credits yoga for some of the success that his Golden State Warriors team has experienced in recent years. Although you may be hesitant to try it, there is absolutely no doubt that yoga can provide some huge benefits to your overall game.

The same thing is true for basketball as for virtually everything else in life: If you want to become better, you need to spend a huge amount of time focusing on improving yourself. While there is no guarantee that any amount of hard work will ensure that you make the team or enable you to go pro, the only way to find out is to set yourself a goal and do everything you can to work towards it.

Bigger Than Ball Vol.9 : B.J. Boston

This time last year, B.J. Boston was just another player from Georgia and virtually unknown to major basketball circles. After making it to the High School State Championship this past season and his play with 15u Georgia Stars on the EYBL circuit, B.J. started to blow up. A long and smooth wing,  he entered 2017 Future All American Camp an ESPN Top 15 player.  

MP—What NBA player do you model your game after?

B.J Boston—- Kevin Durant

 

 

MP—–What makes you different from the other top players in the country?

BB-I have a lot of confidence, I know how to score the ball

 

MP——What motivates you when you play?

BB—My mother, I do it for her.

 

MP–You are from Atlanta so I have to know, Migos or Gucci Mane?

BB–Oh, Migos all day.

 

MP—Who is your favorite migo?

BB—Ohh that’s a tough one. Quavo is the best migo, but Offset is the best rapper.

 

MP—-Best BBQ in Georgia?

BB—–Chicken no doubt, I have a lot of it

 

MP—Favorite NBA Legend and why?

BB–Michael Jordan. Nobody is stopping him.

 

MP—One Goal this year for you on the court?

BB–For school I am trying to win a state championship. Last year we got there, but we came up short

By my senior year I am trying to be the number one player in the country.

 

MP—If you did not play basketball, what would you play?

BB—Football. I’d be a quarterback.

 

MP–What is the toughest matchup you have had?

BB–I don’t know, I just blew up this year so I have faced a lot of good guys.

 

MP—What do you look to improve out on the court?

BB–I need to get stronger.

 

MP—What do you look to prove out on the court?

BB—I want to show that I AM the best.

 

MP–Describe your game in one word.

BB–Smooth.

 

The quiet Georgia native may be new to the spotlight, but he will not be leaving any time soon.

Bigger Than Ball Vol. 8 : Trey Patterson

Most of the 2021 class is just starting their young basketball careers. However, Trey Patterson is already on college coach’s radar. One of the top prospects in his class, Patterson’s 6’7” frame allows him to do a little bit of everything on the court. The young star holds offers from Rutgers and Wake Forrest, proving that much more is to come for the swingman.

 

 

MP-What NBA player do you model your game after?

Trey Patterson- I’d probably have to say maybe LeBron because he’s just an all-around team player, he can score the ball, he gets his team involved, and he plays a bunch of defense.

 

MP–What motivates you when you play?

TP–

Being one of the top kids in the country. It puts an extra target on my back. I have to play as hard as I can because there’s always someone after me.

MP-You play for Team Rio right?

TP–Yes.

 

MP-Being from NJ, we need to know. Is it Pork roll or Taylor Ham?

TP–Taylor Ham. No doubt.

 

MP–Favorite pre game song?

TP–Right now, Solo by Future.

 

MP–If you didn’t play basketball what would you play?

TP–I used to play football and baseball, so one of those.

 

MP–What is something you can improve on?

TP–I can always improve on my ball handling and my shooting, so those two things.

 

MP–What do you look to prove out on the court?

TP–That I am one of the BEST out here and that no one can stop me.

 

MP–Describe your game in one word

TP–Versatile.

 

The future is bright for this budding star from Rutgers Prep. Patterson knows how to go out and get the job done. He carries himself and plays the game beyond his years. Looking forward to seeing him develop.

 

Bigger Than Ball Vol. 7: Jalen Green

The mantra around California basketball in recent years has been that it’s all flash, no fire. That the players aren’t “tough enough”. When it comes to Fresno native Jalen Green, those words are never used. Jalen was recently named ESPN’s Class of 2020 #2 overall player. An absolute terror in transition, the 6’5’’ shooting guard from San Joaquin Memorial High School is an athletic force. Green not only has good body control, but a tight handle on the ball and array of moves to compliment his game. Green brought home a gold medal with the USA U16 National Team. We had a chance to catch up with Jalen at Future All American Camp.

MP—What NBA player do you model your game after

JALEN GREEN—-I model my game after Kevin Durant.

 

MP—–Best part of your game?

JG-Probably attacking, getting to the cup.

 

MP—What part needs the most improvement?

JG—I’d say shooting, defense, my offense in the half court things like that.

 

MP—Favorite Athletic Achievement to date

JG—-On the court? *Laughs* probably hitting a between the legs something like that.

 

MP—-What motivates you when you play?

JG—–Always having a chip on my shoulder. I WANT to get buckets, I want to be the best player out here.

 

MP—-What was it like playing for team USA

JG—-

It was great experience, I can tell you that. All the people that are out there, all the top players in the country playing against them competing for a spot. It’s fun.

 

MP—-Biggest pregame ritual

JG—-I like to eat junk food. *Laughs*. Skittles or Starbursts or something.

 

MP–Favorite twitter or Instagram follow

JG—-Probably Ball is Life, they always have videos up there.

 

MP—Of you?

JG—*Laughs* Sometimes.

 

MP–Toughest matchup you’ve had

JG—Either Nico (Mannion) or Josh Green, or Jalen Suggs. They’re always aggressive, they take no plays off. It’s always a battle.

 

MP–If you didn’t/couldn’t play basketball, what sport play

JG–Football. I’d be a receiver for sure.

 

MP–What’s the thing you look to prove the most when out on the court?

JG–That being from Cali doesn’t matter.

https://twitter.com/TheHoopGroup/status/893278240525111298

(A little proof from earlier today he was not kidding)

 

MP—One word to describe you as a basketball player.

JG—BUCKET.

 

The future is bright for the young gunner from California, and he is hungry to bring the bark back to the West.

 

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Sunday | August 6th

12:06 PM

James Gross Jr has been a strong players all week. Good hands and able to see the court. One of the hardest workers on the court

12:00 PM

Shawn Maness diving into the chairs to save a far pass

11:46 AM

Che Evans with a strong block keeping his team within 8 with 4.30 to play

11:38 AM

Christian Batista with a steal and set up of the glass. Zed Key hammers it home

11:23 AM

3 mins until the start of the Championship game

10:57 AM

Luke Sipala hits a big three making it a one point game heading into the second half

10:45 AM

Terrence Clarke and Deivon Smith running Bollman 1. Alternating finishing on possessions.

10:41 AM

Terrence Clarke still working on day 4! Tipping passes on defense, driving hard to the basket and knocking down threes.

10:25 AM

Deivon Smith, 2020 5’11 guard with some bounce. Plays simple and is able to see the play develop.

10:14 AM

Jahvon Johns (229) showing up this morning hitting some early threes. Putting in work on both sides of the court.

10:02 AM

9:40 AM

And he does not disappoint! Strong drive and throws one down

9:28 AM

This morning all eyes are on Lance Ware (69). The long 6’9 big from Burlington New Jersey has been impressive all week.

9:20 AM

Getting an early start with games for the last day of Future All American Elite Camp.

Saturday | August 5th

9:27 PM

Enoch Cheeks absolutely denies CJ Robinson and follows with powerhouse dunk

9:20 PM

Bollman 2 is the first to tip as Bollman 3 heads into overtime!

9:19 PM

Andrew Sachs with a big drive putting them up by 1 with 30 seconds to play on Bollman 3

9:17 PM

Last game set of the night about to tip-off

9:04 PM

As promised some highlights from Future All American dunk contest earlier. Players definitely did not disappoint

https://twitter.com/TheHoopGroup/status/893994923078430720

8:59 PM

Hassan Diarra versatile player able to command the point and drive or pull up for the long jumper. Player to watch playing on Bollman 1 now.

8:49 PM

Donte Davis playing with kids on Bollman 2. Handles are insane.

7:56 PM

7:30 PM

7:15 PM

Che Evans giving Jalen Green a battle on Bollman 1. Both of them getting after it making buckets going shot for shot.

7:02 PM 

Mark Williams, a 6’11 big out of Norfolk Virginia making his mark on PA.

6:48 PM

Zaire Rogers connecting with Ahmad Fair on back to back dunks on Bollman 1

6:43 PM

Richard Springs with the pin! Been having a strong showing all camp

6:13 PM

Maddox Trynor coming up big on defense helping shut down Nick Folk, a shifty point and big play maker

6:04 PM

5:38 PM

Devin Greenfield going OFF on Bolman 2. Strong offensive finished followed by a big block

5:20 PM

KD Johnson with a game winner jumper on Bollman 3!

5:00 PM

Quaran McPherson going off on Bollman 1. Hitting shots from the outside and driving to create the open player

4:47 PM

Elijah Wood with the pin! Has been a standout this game set

4:30 PM

Elijah Wood; 2020 with a quick release on the jumper.

3:48 PM

3:21 PM

Max Mancuso with a nice stroke. Been consistent from three this game set

3:10 PM

Justin Lewis and Bol Akot facing up on Bollman 1

3:00 PM

Che Evans with a smooth finish.

2:46 PM

Richard Springs coming off the dunk contest hot, throwing it down on Bollman 1

2:30 PM

Noah Farrakhan 2017 Future All American Champion!!!!!

1:35 PM

12:58 PM

Much anticipated Dunk Contest about to start! Check out our SnapChat story and twitter page for highlights!

12:45 PM 

Franck Kepnang is a workhorse. Dives on the floor for a loose ball and hits a dead sprint down the court to collect the floater and finish.

12:35 PM

11:55 AM

11:46 AM

Richard Springs blowing up at Future All American. Leaves the floor for a two handed dunk in transition

11:35 AM

Marcellus Vail (166), two for two from behind the arc, good movement off the ball to get into scoring possition

11:28 AM

11:22 AM

10:40 AM

Noah Collier with the poster! Athletic forward with height and a lot of potential. Currently holds an offer from St Joeseph’s

10:20 AM

10:00 AM

Jersey match-up on R1 this morning! Trey Patterson from Sommerset and Noah Farrakahn of Newark

9:45 AM

Day 3 games  sets of Future All American getting started in just 15 mins!!

Friday | August 4th

8:55 PM 

Bollman 1 tunring into a battle. tied game with 4 mins to play

8:48 PM

Julian McGowan with a back to back blocks

8:40 PM

8:16 PM

Alex Gibbens hits the deck hard. Gets up and finishes for two from the line

7:58 PM

Cliff Omoruyi is a terror on the boards. Athletic build with the skill to fit his size.

7:48 PM

Love to see Jordan Toles laying out for a loose ball on Bollman1!!

7:38 PM

7:25 PM

Williams with a block on Kepnang!!

7:15 PM

Mark Williams excites the crowd and slams one on Frank Kepnang

6:45 PM

Terrence and Jalen about to go head to head on Bollman 3

6:37 PM

Dunk contest going on on Bollman 1 ! Last 2 mins going back and forth.

6:33 PM

Lewis can not be stopped. Making the right decision to put himself and his teammates in scoring positions

6:20 PM

Justin Lewis with a big block and finishes on the other end

6:08 PM

KD Johnson with a smooth finish in transition

5:56 PM

5:35 PM

5:33 PM

Morning stand out Bol Akot warming up on Bollman 3

5:25 PM

Jyare Davis with a slam!

5:15 PM

Ryan Myers shooting the lights out on Bollman 1. 3 3s on back to back possessions

5:00 PM

Noah Collier has been a constant this weekend. Athleticism and work ethic are unmatched.

4:50 PM

4:24 PM

Kieves Turner doing a good job of find the open lane. Making smart backdoor cuts and releasing early on rebounds

4:15 PM

4:03 PM

3:53 PM

Kyree Banks (211), a quick guard with the ability to see the play develop

3:31 PM

John Kuminga is a powerhouse under the basket!

3:24 PM

Jalen Green putting on a show on Bollman 3 proving his NCAA #2 Class 2020 rank

3:05 PM

Luke Kolaja, a long 2020 from Montclair, commanding the boards on Bollman 1! 3 stops in 1 possession.

2:28 PM

1:37 PM 

Standing room only on Bollman 2. 500 campers, media and staff crowding the court

1:20 PM

Kieves Turner has been a real standout on Bollman 1. Not afraid of contact near the rim and able to pull up under pressure.

12:50 PM

Samuel Pohlman putting in work on both ends of the court. Fourcing turn overs and laying up back to back fast breaks

12:14 PM

https://twitter.com/aukelley/status/893505113062551552

12:11 PM

Do not count John Kuminga out of this loaded match up. Been a consistent source of energy and overall standout on court 3

11:59 AM

Elijah Wood of Team Statement; crafty guard with good court vision and control.

Currently holds offers from DePaul, Colorado State, Hampton, TCU, Georgia, Auburn, Tulane, Norfolk State, St Bonaventure, Texas A&M and Texas Tech

11:40 AM

Malik Emead with a consistent stroke knocking down two threes in three possessions.

11:15 AM

About to be a show on Bollman Court 3.

John Kuminga               Jaleen Green

Mark Williams              Henry Coleman

Cam Thomas                 Elijah Wood

11:08 AM

11:11 AM

Amare Marshall (2021) technical guard not afraid to attack the rim

10:43 AM

10:38 AM

Anthony Thomas commands the gym’s attention, throwing one down on Bollman court 1.

10:27 AM

A lot of height on Bollman 3! No one on the floor right now under 6’2

Che Evans 6’6                   Richard Springs 6’9

BJ Boston 6’5                    Burke Smith 6’10

10:20 AM

First tip of Day 2 of FAA Camp! Looking forwards to seeing players put on a show.

Thursday| August 3rd

8:45 PM

Trey Patterson has been next level here on Court 3. 2021 Big man has been ELECTRIC.

8:26 PM

Bj Boston up next on Court 2.

8:05 PM

Quran McPherson and Team 9 are having the gym going crazy on Court 3.

7:30 PM

Justin Lewis with the BIG TIME fast break flush on court 1.

7:13 PM

Julian McGowan has stepped onto the scene here as an emerging star. The Jersey Guard had numerous dunks on  Rec Court 1.

7:05 PM

Jalen Green with the 360!!! The show must go on!

6:30 PM

Green with the POSTER. WOW!!!!

6:05 PM

Jalen Green getting ready to warm up here on Rec 1!

5:45 PM

John Kuminga has been lighting it up so far here on Rec 2.

5:21 PM

Isaiah Hill of Union Catholic has been SHIFTY here on Rec 2. 6-2 Freshman has shown he means business early.

4:47 PM

Very exciting first session of scrimmages here on Day 1!

4:24 PM

Jalen Green With a dunk show that’s being put on here on Rec 2.

3:45 PM

Let the Tryout scrimmages begin!

3:15 PM 

Tryout Teams are being assembled and attendance is being taken here in The Bollman Center!

2:45 PM

Communication is KEY for success at the next level. Players are being instructed by Coach Siers at center court on the subject!

2:15 PM

And we are finally here! Future All American Camp is tipping off with some team ball movement drills. Stay tuned this weekend for some of the best hoops we’ve seen all summer!

Rosters

Top 20 Team 1


# Name Grade Height School City
520 Cam Thomas 2020 6’3 Oscar Smith Chesapeake
286 Zion Bethea 2020 6’3 Immaculate Conception Montclair
523 Che Evans 2020 6’6 Dulaney Timonium
149 Woody Newton 2020 6’8 McKinley Tech Washington
129 Zed Key 2020 6’8 Brentwood Brentwood
123 Bol Akot 2020 5’11 Proctor Andover
603 Jalen Green 2020 6’6 San Joaquin Irvine
218 BJ Boston 2020 6’5 Norcross Norcross
526 Justin Lewis 2020 6’7 Calvert Hall Baltimore
79 Richard Springs 2020 6’9 Bishop Loughlin Brooklyn

 

Top 20 Team 2


# Name Grade Height School City
247 Hassan Diarra 2020 6’1 Punam Science Putnam
169 Trey Patterson 2021 6’8 Rutgers Prep Somerset
209 Noah Collier 2020 6’7 Westtown West Chester
605 Taj Thweatt 2020 6’5 Wildwood Catholic North Wildwood
29 Mark Williams 2020 6’11 Norfolk Academy Norfolk
519 Taelon Martin 2020 6’2 Masters West Simsbury
601 Terrance Clarke 2021 6’6 Rectory
527 John Kuminga 2021 6’8
69 Lance Ware 2020 6’9 Life Center Academy Burlington
119 Elijah Taylor 2020 6’8 Imhotep Philadelphia

 

Super Soph 21-40 All Star Team 1


# Name Grade Height School City
307 Enoch Cheeks 2020 6’3 Kimball Union Meriden
57 Jacob Sussman 2020 6’4 Delbarton Morristown
308 Elijah Wood 2020 6’5 St Andrew’s Episcopal Potomac
98 Amir Williams 2020 6’4 Linden Linden
239 Henry Coleman 2020 6’7 Trinity Epispical Richmond
206 Raejon Figures 2020 6’2 Immaculare Conception Montclair
237 Jordan Toles 2020 6’3 St Francis Baltimore
577 Dimingus Stevens 2020 6’4 Woodrow Wilson Washington
59 Luke Kolaja 2020 6’9 Montclair Kimberley Montclair
529 Franck Kepnang 2020 6’10 MacDuffie Grandby
96 Ronnie Ellis 2020 6’2 Hamden Hamden

 

Super Soph 21-40 All Star Team 2


# Name Grade Height School City
513 Ryan Conway 2021 6’0 Dulaney Timonium
58 Darius Maddox 2020 6’4 St Johns Washington
298 Julian McGowan 2020 6’6 Notre Dame Lawrenceville
278 Darrick Jones Jr 2020 6’5 Millwood Midlohian
576 Joshua Gray 2020 6’10 Knox St James
406 Carter Whitt 2021 6’1 Trinity Academy Shenandoah
18 Eddie Evans 2020 6’4 Trenton Catholic Hamilton
159 Dyondre Dominguez 2020 6’8 New Hampton New Hampton
349 Nnanna Njoku 2021 6’9 Sanford Sanford
528 Clifford Omoruyi 2020 6’10 Roselle Catholic Roselle Catholic
234 KD Johnson 2020 6’0 Southwest Dekalb Southwest Dekalb

 

Super Soph West All Star Team 1


# Name Grade Height School City
186 Colin Baker 2020 6’2 Toms River North Toms River
91 Ahyan Brown-Miller 2020 5’7 Linwood North Brunswick
130 Kylam Exum 2020 5’5 Central Capitol Heights
25 Ben Alderfer 2020 6’1 Broadway Broadway
155 Philip Mullins 2020 6’1 Chapmanville Regional Chapmanville
136 Briglain Previl 2020 6’2 Ocoee Ocoee
310 Raymond Brown 2020 5’7 Atholton Columbia
102 Jeremiah Anderson 2020 5’9 Eagle Academy Brooklyn
436 Julian Colon 2021 6’0 Reading Reading
151 Brandon Weiss 2020 5’8 Jericho Jericho

 

Super Soph West All Star Team 2


# Name Grade Height School City
83 Justin Morety 2020 5’11 Archbishop Stepinac White Plains
93 Jace Spinelli 2020 5’11 Bishop Moore Orlando
258 Chris Cain 2020 6’5 Pine Bush Central Pine Bush
104 Jaren Smith 2020 6’0 Xavier Middletown
90 Jesus Rodriguez 2020 5’4 Reading Reading
322 Kenny Lazo 2020 5’10 Brentwood Brentwood
260 Ty-Shon Pannell 2020 5’7 Central Islip Central Islip
80 Timothy Selkridge 2020 5’4 Fieldston Bronx
164 Lamar Duncan 2020 6’0 St Andrews Middleton
277 Jordan Miles 2020 6’3 Fleming Island Orange Park
87 Josh Stehle 2020 6’3 Great Valley Malvern

 

Fab Frosh / Super Soph All Star Team 1


# Name Grade Height School City
481 Nick Folk 2021 5’7 Unity Prep
475 Lorenzo Washington 2021 5’10 Patrick Hillside
376 Malcolm Eley 2021 6’0 The Patrick School Hillside
387 Justin Taylor 2021 6’1 St Anne’s Belfield Charlottesville
538 William Felton 2021 6’5 Millbrook Raleigh
426 Zakai Zeigler 2021 6’0 Upper Room Christian Dix Hills
477 Tyshun Bryant 2021 6’0 St Thomas Moore Oakdale
358 Isaiah Hill 2021 6’2 Union Catholic South Orange
438 Travis Roberts 2021 6’3 St Columba Oxon Hill
359 Micawber Etienne 2021 6’8 Middletown Middletown
INJ Ike Cornish 2021 6’4 Dulaney Timonium
INJ Christian Tomasco 2021 6’7 St Joseph Prep Philadelphia

 

Fab Frosh / Super Soph All Star Team 1


# Name Grade Height School City
333 Aidan Rodgers 2021 5’9 Rectory Pomfret
341 Guy Fauntleroy 2021 5’8 St John’s College High Washington DC
458 Donte Davis 2021 6’3 Immaculate Conception Montclair
347 Bobby Hill 2021 6’2 DeMatha Catholic Hyattsville
398 Jake Mancuso 2021 6’2 Dominion Sterling
291 Thermere Simmons 2021 5’7 Imhotep Philadelphia
510 Jayden Brown 2021 5’10 Immaculate Conception Montclair
449 Daniel Nixon 2021 6’5 Eagel Brook Eagel Brook
448 Chisom Okapara 2021 6’3 Iona Prep School Iona Prep School
419 Walter Mattingly 2021 6’5 Batesville Batesville
410 Andre Speight 2021 6’2 South County South County
INJ Stefon McLeod 2021 6’2 Rolesville High School Rolesville High School