Film Study Teaches Players Intricacies of Basketball

Adam Turner breaking down film For the players who attend Hoop Group Elite camps throughout the summer, there are several things to help them work on their games. From 32 minute games to controlled scrimmages. From drill stations to shooting clinics. From early bird workouts to daily sweatshops. Everything an aspiring collegiate basketball player needs to hone his craft. But maybe one of the most important, if not most overlooked, is the detailed breakdown of basketball game film.

Here, on the campus of Albright College in Reading, PA, players have the opportunity to attend two daily film sessions.

Conducted by either Hoop Group Camp Director Kevin Driscoll, who was an assistant coach for Albright College’s men’s basketball team for three years before joining Hoop Group in 2009, or Bard College’s men’s basketball head coach Adam Turner, the sessions either breakdown the way players can improve their reads on the court or the intricacies of shooting.

To highlight these lessons the staff uses film from Synergy Sports Technology to allow players to analyze the play of Ray Allen, Steve Nash, and Derrick Rose, among others.

“I went to both the Ray Allen session and the Nash/Rose one,” said Aaron Robinson (Springbrook HS, MD/Class of 2014). “I went to learn and I did. Different techniques to get open. Ways to improve my shot. It will definitely change the way I watch a basketball game from now on.”

And it seems that is exactly the reaction the film sessions are supposed produce.

“With today’s basketball players there is a lot of guessing and not enough reading on the court,” said Turner. “Players are not thinking where am I going to pass or shoot, they are, what I like to call basketball illiterate.”

And it is this illiteracy Turner is trying to correct with players at Elite Session III.

He stressed the importance for players to play a straight line to the basket.

“So many guys today play in loops and arcs,” Turner said. “They see and arm or a leg and they think they have to stop and pass. You need to ask yourself, do I play on a straight line? A good playmaker goes through the arm.”

That was the advice Turner gave players when making shoulder reads of the defense. In the case of a chest read, he mentioned that players have three options, pull up and shoot, pass off, or change direction and stay on your line to the basket. All the while game film was running and players in attendance were able to visually see today’s top basketball players performing in exactly the way Turner was describing.

“I loved it. How precise it was,” said Michael Poirier, a rising junior from St. Marcellinus Secondary School in Mississauga, Ontario. ““Never before (have I watched film like this). We’ve watched game film but we never broke it down as detailed as this. From now on I’m going to try and stop watching games casually and start watching them more to learn.”

Austin Grant (Van Buren HS, MO/Class of 2015) echoed Poirier’s sentiments. “I tape games (at home) and try to break things down,” he said, “but never with this much detail.” It was great learning when to dish, when to take it to the hole. Just a few minor details make a huge difference.”

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