The Boo Williams Elite Camp for boy’s and girl’s is being held at the Boo Williams Sportsplex Saturday October 9th & Sunday October 10th.
This is a tremendous event. Teaching, Instruction and some very good speakers. No college coaches.
Chris Thomas, a Nike SPARQ Master Trainer, is leading the skill development. An
excellent staff of experienced high school and former college coaches and great players.
The talent on the boy’s and the girl’s side very high. Top level prospects who worked and played hard for eight hours in the gym today and will be back at it at 8:30 AM tomorrow.
What I want to share was Paul Biancardi‘s Six Point Plan for Greatness. Paul and I go back a long, long way… UMass Lowell and Suffolk College days. It was great to see him back in the gym. One of the guys that is good for the game and should be in the gym coaching players, making them better.
Paul is ESPN’s National Director of Recruiting – High School/College Basketball. Paul evaluates the top boy’s prospects and you can find his tweets on his travels and player updates @PaulBiancardi. He knows what he sees and lays it out straight.
Paul shared with all of the Elite players his Six Point Plan for Greatness, below.
Download a printable version from any of the three links.
1. LOVE THE GAME
Love all of it, not just the good stuff… You can’t be great in you don’t love it. If you don’t love it… Learn to love it, develop a passion for it.
2. RESPECT THE GAME
Respect ALL facets of the game, ALL people in and around the game. Your respect should start with yourself: what you feed your mind and your body.
3. PREPARE FOR THE GAME – THE THREE D’s
- DESIRE – How do you get ready for practices? Games?
- DILLIGENCE – Repetitions, Do it Over and Over.
- DISCIPLINE – The Discipline to work, do it the right way, even when no one is looking.
*PROPER SLEEP – PROPER NUTRITION – PROPER PREPARATION*
4. LEARN THE GAME
You have to be a student of the game. Learn the terms, learn the rules. To Learn it you have to watch as much basketball as possible: TV, DVR it, Watch Video. Practice, repeating it, teaching it (to younger players) Study it.
5. ADD TO YOUR GAME
The great ones are not great on talent alone. Every off-season – add to your game. Pick a weakness and improve it.
6. GIVE BACK TO THE GAME
Many people helped you – Give Back. Give back to the people that helped you, give back to people that didn’t help you. Give back to the younger players that look up to you. Always know that younger eyes are watching you and that you are a role model whether you want to be or not.
Coaches Recruit, Need and Want Three Things: C.A.T
Coaches know if you can play or not. The first thing they ask Paul is, “What kind of kid is he (she)?” Who you are. How you do things. The decisions you make – that is all your character. What do you do when no one is looking?
You strive for excellence as a player, strive for excellence as a student. If you want to be great, be great in everything – all the time. The better your academics, the more options you have. You want to have as many options as you can. Academics will determine your options. *You don’t have to get all A’s… but you have to give A+ effort all the time.
Talent is not only your God given talent… talent is your skills, how your perform and are your productive. Have to work at talent. Work to produce everyday.
Vince Carter quote:
“There are two types of players… Everyday Players and Feel Like it Players.”
No matter the circumstance, good or bad – do you come to play everyday. You just beat the best team, how do you come to practice the next day? You just lost a close game, how to you handle it? You play great and your team loses, how do you feel? How do you bring it the next time you step on the floor?