Thursday, February 5, 2015
Hungry and humble. That's what Ivan Gandia is all about. His performance last summer at the FIBA 17U World Championship was epic. Gandia and 38 other elite international prospects will participate in the NBA's Basketball Without Borders Camp February 13-15, 2015 in NYC.
There is a disturbing trend occurring far to often. Student athletes who left the island to attend stateside high schools and colleges are transferring back to high schools and colleges on Puerto Rico. Is this because they are not good enough, tough enough or simply because they miss their friends, family and standing within the local basketball community? IPRB will take an in depth look into the subject and speak directly with local players and coaches as well as stateside coaches who have had coached players from the island.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
One of my favorite college basketball commentators is ESPN's Jimmy Dykes. Dykes is my type of guy. His commentary is insightful and on point. He is honest about what he sees and consistently uses his soapbox to teach young players how to do things the right way. Last week Dykes reminded us of the importance of one's body language when he said, "A players' body language never whispers. It always yells." Those of us who were raised a generation ago and had parents who professed to be "ole' school" were constantly reminded about our body language. If I had a dollar for every time my mother told me to "sit up straight" or "wipe that look off your face", I would be a rich man. As a child and even as a teenager I had no idea how important it was to control and project positive body language. We teach players to only focus on those things that they can control. Your attitude, body language and effort are things within your control. For young people, especially those who are elite athletes their ability to control emotions, project confidence through positive body language and compete at the highest level possible sends a message that words cannot convey. Some of the greatest players were not big talkers because they mastered the art of sending messages through body language, energy and effort. It all starts with how you feel. If you feel good, then you look good and if you look good and feel good typically you play well. Remember, positive or negative body language never whispers. It always yells!
Posted by Coach at Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Atleast 5 times a day I hear," I'm ready to go to the states. Can you get me a scholarship?" And the first question I ask is, "How good are you, for real?". The answer is always the same. But truth be told, most of the kids who come up to me or call me and ask me to get them a scholarship have no idea. They have no idea how much talent is out there. They have no idea how many young players from every place on the planet are trying to get the same thing they are. They have no idea how hard the next guy is working. They have no idea what it takes. They have no idea of the commitment, sacrifice and desire that is required to put yourself in a position to get someone to pay you to come to their school to play ball. IPRB introduces Frank Ferrari. A Class of 2014 PG from the Bay Area. Frank is not going to Kansas, Kentucky or Syracuse next year. He isn't a high major, top 100 player but he is probably better then you! Take a look and watch him workout and then ask yourself if you are truly ready. Shift Team, Be Elite and Frank Ferrari putting in work! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEPYErWqld4
We are all about telling other people's story and getting the word out to young players. The Shift Team gang out of the Bay Area is all about training and teaching the old fashion way. No gimmicks, no props just get in the gym and work. Devin Williams and the Wong brothers show what putting in work is all about. They are testing the theory that in order to master anything in life you must commit to putting in 10,000 hours of work. So, from playing the piano, to learning a second language to becoming an elite basketball player if you put in the time you can master anything in life. 10,000 Hours, Episode 1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEtpH6ZEPOc
Dr. Joe 'Radar" Carr is a special, special guy. He has been helping players and coaches at every level of the game for the last 30 years. He is a sports psychologist by training. He has worked with Lebron, Melo and host of other NBA players and teams. We like to call him the "Coach's Coach". University of Akron Head Coach, Keith Dambrot started recruiting and signing players from Puerto Rico in 2010 with Alex Abreu. For those who wondered why two of the top guards from Puerto Rico signed with Akron the clip below should provide some clarity. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZonP4_fDp_M