SENIORS MOVING ON TO COLLEGE….GETTING PREPARED!

 

PAIGE

PAIGE SLAVEN’S WORK ETHIC THAT WILL SERVE HER WELL..

It was rainy day yesterday, I expected to be alone with Alex Mummert at HOOP GROUP. But in walked 8th grader Paige Slaven. It brought a real smile to my face as both shot for 2 hours. What did not surprise is that Kelly Campbell also showed up. When I left the gym, Kelly Campbell was still going strong. Kelly Campbell is going to Top 20 DePaul for a reason and will be totally prepared for college basketball next year. These players understand that sacrifices sometimes are the key to long term success.

Every time a player steps up a level in basketball, it gets a little more difficult to excel. The kids that prepare every step of the way are the ones that usually have the most success as they move up in competition. In high school, often times a players god given ability can make their adjustment to high school easier.. Some 8th graders will walk into high school prepared and some won’t. Happens every year, the adjustment of practicing and playing 7 days a week, while staying on top of their academics can be overwhelming. Not to mention the stress of trying to make a statement on the court.

 

THE WILL

The adjustment from high school to college is much different. The price for not being prepared as a freshman entering college can be harsh and even costly. Talented players often will walk on to a college campus and will find that their talent alone is not enough to make a difference.  Once a player falls behind in college it’s not easy to catch up, so being prepared is very important. Being prepared certainly does not guarantee playing time. What being prepared does is keep a players coaches and teammates belief in them. Often times a player is sitting behind an upper classmen or star player. If they player comes to campus prepared and understands the work ahead. They are groomed for the spot when it opens up. But too often players come into college not prepared. It leads to distrust and anger between the player, coach and teammates. College is not high school….THEY DON’T WAIT ON YOU!

 

Most players don’t understand how much harder practices and games are in college. Most if not all are shocked by the intensity of practices and games. The competitive nature of the coaches, players and strength coaches are something they will be seeing for the first time. If a player has been preparing they have a chance to make the transition easier on themselves. Thus winning over FUTURE teammates and coaches. I find it no surprise that the SJV team of seniors Gigi Caponegro, Kelly Crouch, Megan Furch and Kelly Campbell for example are living in the gym. They train 6 days a week for two or more hours. There is zero doubt that they are going to walk on to a college campus and be ready to go. There will have great relationships with their coaches…But they had an advantage most kids DON’T.  SJV practices are as close as a high school player can get to what a college practice looks like. Because of the talent at SJV every player is fighting for their athletic life each day. SJV also plays the best competition they can play. This has taught SJV players how to be competitive day in and day out. It also requires a player to prepare every day. It’s no secret SJV players all have major success in college and if you think those are just words go… check the track record. No program has produced more players of impact at the next level.

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SJV PLAYERS PREPARE FOR COLLEGE LIKE NO OTHERS

I have seen many players preparing for their freshman year. They shoot, run sprints and lift weights. Most take a day or two off during the weekend. They follow their future college’s summer workout that is sent to them. But their workouts, do not resemble anything that looks like  college. These players often I have played AAU basketball their entire life. This is the first spring and summer they have had real time for themselves. They believe spending real quality time with friends and attending parties are well deserved. THIS IS THEIR TIME TO BE A REGULAR KID.  Little things that were once important, are pushed to the back. These players do just enough in their minds to stay sharp but not kill themselves as they have done in the past. They do not go play pick up with college kids at Monmouth U, Rutgers, Seton Hall. They do not attend a NBS (free for seniors) or a Core Skills to try and get some competitive basketball to go along with their workouts. These players often simply do not understand, it takes so much more than what they are doing to get ready for college. They forget skill work and daily competition must not be neglected.

 

IMPRESSIONS

I always say the first month of college, can tells what the future holds. Many kids think it’s about playing time as a freshman. They cannot be more wrong…playing time is a bonus for a freshman at the college level…especially at the D1 level or quality D2/D3 schools. That first month of college, those kids who are prepared, in shape and look like they are not satisfied will send a message to their coaches and teammates. That message will be one of respect and buying into the program. There will always been room for this type of kid in any program. Regardless of how many points and rebounds they rack up. There also will be those who choose to take the path of least resistance. They will find their relationships with coaches and teammates rocky and in many cases never “WHOLE OR TRUSTING”. Many kids and parents believe team roster spots and scholarships are guaranteed. Both are one year contracts.  There were 700 transfers last year, there was a reason for this… they all did not transfer by choice. The future of players are being determined right now, before they put on a uniform. Some are preparing for a  great experience, while others may be walking towards disappointment and not even know it…GOOD LUCK TO ALL

 

UPDATE-

HOOP GROUP THREE WEEK TRAINING SESSION STARTS NEXT WEEK

CHECK OUT HOOP GROUP CAMP DATES…….

ACADEMIC ELITE IS JULY 29TH DURING THE LIVE PERIOD….

 

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