Basketball Podcasts

One of the greatest ways to learn more fun facts and stay up to date, not only in the NBA, but basketball is general is listening to podcasts. I love listening to podcasts it is a great way to follow your favorite sports other than searching online.  Podcasts can also be more convenient for people who are on the go all the time or working. It gives you a chance to listen in to what people have to say. This website is a great source for people to check out that lists some of the best basketball podcasts for people to tun in to. The link to the website is https://player.fm/featured/basketball

One of my favorite podcasts from the website is the Starters. The Starters also have a TV show on NBA network and lately I have been tuning into their podcast and highly recommend it. The Starters is a daily NBA podcast hosted by J.E. Skeets and Tas Melas that breaks down the league’s biggest games, story lines, and off-court antics. The link to their podcast can be found here ( https://player.fm/series/series-1314691 ).

This website provides not only a list of NBA podcasts but also NCAA and basketball in general. I will be posting frequently about new updates on podcasts I find that I like that I will gladly share with you all! Look forward to seeing you all at camp this week. Again, if there are any questions at all through the whole process pleases feel free to contact me. Hope you all are enjoying the website and blog posts and I will be in touch soon.

NBA Playoffs

It is my favorite time of year again. Time for the NBA playoffs! Now that the NBA playoffs are under way, this is the best time to watch basketball. I am sure that many kids at the camp are just excited as I am. Personally, I would like to see the Cleveland Cavaliers win it all again this year, but their are a lot of skilled and young teams in the run this year.

In saying that, I have decided that for next weeks camp, I am encouraging kids to wear their favorite basketball jersey to camp to support their team if they are in the playoffs or not. Also, comment below who your favorite player/team is and we will also be having a bracket challenge at camp too for all of our participants for the NBA playoffs.

Every person who is sports minded or not has a favorite player in which they follow. For me, that has always been Kyle Korver. Kyle Korver is a veteran of the game, going on his 15th season in his career. Korver has played for teams such as Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls, Atlanta Hawks, and currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, Kyle has never won an NBA championship ring with any of these teams but I am hoping that the Cavaliers can get Kyle his first ring this season!

Many of the participants at my camp know that I love to incorporate Kyle’s shooting form into many of our shooting drills at camp. After all he is one of the best 3 point shooters in the game!

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Great Turnout So Far!

Hello again everyone!

Now that we are officially  a couple weeks in to our camp I am very impressed with the number of people we have been having show up. It is very clear to me that there are a lot of kids out there who truly are dedicated to improving their game! It sure shows out on the court and during camp. I have been very impressed with what I am seeing so far and I encourage everyone to keep up the good work because it will pay off in the long run!

For those of you out there who are still interested in signing up for our camp feel free to contact me. We would love to add more numbers to the camp and welcome anyone! You can visit my website at  https://www5.cob.ilstu.edu/emduttl. I highly encourage reading through my website to get a feel of what to expect and some of our background information about myself and the camp. You can also contact me at my email which is skillsacademy44@gmail.com.

Also we have been seeing a good number of parents attending camps on Mondays and Fridays as well. So far I have heard nothing but good things from all the parents on what we are doing which means a lot. I stress the importance of all parents coming out on these days to learn what their kids will be doing all week and then see it put into work on Fridays during scrimmage.

Thanks again everyone and I will continue to keep you all posted with new information!

Race for NBA Most Valuable Player

Hello again everyone,

As you all know I am a big fan of the NBA and love following the teams that play in the league. One of the most talk about topics in the NBA right now is the race for the league most valuable player (MVP).  According to NBA.com the top 5 candidates that are in the race for most valuable player for the 2018 season is James Harden, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, DeMar Derozan, and Damian Lillard. Personally, I believe that the final two will come down to James Harden and LeBron James.  These two athletes have proven that they are two of the leagues best players. Below I will give some stats and information about each player.

James Harden

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Shooting guard for the Houston Rockets, James Harden has led his team to clinch the number 1 seed for the 2018 playoffs. This season, James Harden is averaging 30.7 points, 8.7 assists, and 5.4 rebounds per game. This season Harden has caught the eye of NBA fans by having multiple 40 plus points games. Harden has led the Rockets to setting a franchise record for wins in a season. These stats prove that Harden is a good candidate for MVP this season.

LeBron James

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Small Forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James does not need to explain why he should be MVP, he just shows it on the court. Going on his 15th year in the league, LeBron knows a thing or two about being league MVP being a highly decorated award player. This season LeBron James is averaging 27.6 points, 9.1 assists, and 8.6 rebounds. LeBron has proven that he deserves the MVP, he recently said in an interview that he would vote for himself. This season, LeBron passed Michael Jordan for most consecutive games with more than 10 points.

These players are great role models for kids attending my camp. I highly encourage that young players follow these players through the season as their game play and leadership roles are very inspiring. Leave a comment below and who you think will be league MVP!

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Camp Times

Hello again everyone!

In this post I will break down the times for the camps next week. Don’t forget that parents need to show up on the Monday’s of every week for the first 10-15 minutes to go over what we will cover for the camps that week. The schedule will be as follows:

 

  • Monday, April 2: 4-6pm. Parents will show up with kids before for the first 10-15 minutes to discuss the camp for the week. Monday will cover basic ball handling drills follow by team building activities

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  • Tuesday, April 3: 4-6pm. Tuesday will cover basic passing and shooting drills, with a short recap of dribbling and team building exercises.

 

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  • Wednesday, April 4: 4-6pm. Wednesday we will start to break up into groups according to your position. There will be coaches assigned to each position to help will individual and group drills, based on where you like to play on the court. Followed by a short recap of what we covered Tuesday.

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  • Thursday, April 5: 4-6pm. Thursday will cover running offensive and defensive drills and plays.

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  • Friday, April 6: 4-5pm. On Friday, we will only go for an hour instead of two hours. Friday will just be a scrimmage day. This allows for participants to display what they have learned through out the week. Parents are allowed to come on Fridays to watch as well.

You all should find this schedule very helpful for next week. I have given a little detail about each day just to give a heads up on what to expect. I have chosen these time because that seems to work with local schools schedule and I have talked to local basketball coaches as well. Looking forward to seeing you all next week!

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NCAA March Madness

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Hello again everyone!

I hope you all have been enjoying this years March Madness tournament. There have been a lot of upsets so far and many bracket busters. My bracket is definitely busted for sure. I highly suggest watching this tournament, especially for those who are participating in our camps. Personally, for me college basketball is the most organized and well coached sports. Teams and coaches often face many tests on the court, because you never know who is going to win no matter what seed you are.

This is my favorite time of year, because every team playing lays everything they have worked for out on the court to prove they are the best team. This is something I emphasize at our camps. Leave everything you have on the court each day and try your hardest because you never know who could be watching and it can only help you and never hurt! I stress the importance of following a collegiate or professional sport because it gives our participants something or someone to look up to and aspire to be.

 

For me, watching this tournament helps me better my game and coaching style, because I like to pay attention to the coaching styles and players mindsets when they are on the court or in a crunch time situation. Overall, this a great tournament to watch. There are always new teams in the tournament to watch and follow and it is always fun to fill out a bracket with your favorite team winning. Comment below a picture of your bracket and let me know who you have winning!

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Sneeze Page

This post acts as a shortcut to my last 7 blog posts that I have created. Below are the links of each. Hope this is helpful!

List of Drills: This post just breaks down three of my favorite drills that I like to incorporate into my camp. Images and Videos included!

Tips from “The Breakthrough Basketball Blog”: The Breakthrough Basketball Blog is one of my favorite blogs to read and motivates me to create and amazing blog as well. This blog offers daily drills that players can add on to their routine to improve their game. For this Skills Academy camp, I personally incorporate some of these drills that are posted in the blog. I believe this blog demonstrates drills that are a good example to learn from for continuous improvement.

Analyzing “Coaching Basketball -My Dream!”: Some of the topics that John covers in his blog posts are drills, coaching ideas, or just random thoughts on basketball. John has been coaching for over 11 seasons, and at 30 years of age he loves to work with young people and basketball. He views his posts as inspirational hopes to help those who have similar interests as he does.

Link Post: List of recent posts that are helpful for more information.

Promotion Post – “Focus and Expectations” : Reviews the focus and expectations of the Skills Academy Basketball Camp

Review Post:Reviews the article The Truth Behind Sports Camps and Clinics.This article summarizes the importance of youth camps and how they impact the youth sport landscape. This is an article by Michael Clarke from Active.com, which is also another business, such as mine, that runs youth sports camps for all different kinds of sports.

Recommendation Post – Arbonne Phytosport: Highly recommend checking out this product!

List of Drills

The purpose of this post is to go over some drills we will be doing at the camp. This will not cover every drill, but should give a good highlight of what to expect! Below are my top 3 favorite drills to do in my camp. Study up!

1. Form Shooting

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Form shooting can be one of the most important key factors in a players jump shot. The purpose of form shooting is to focus on muscle memory so that over time, one can develop a shot they are comfortable with. The use of form shooting will come in to play on catch and shoot plays during a game. Your muscles will be ready to react when you catch the ball and shoot. In order to do this I start about 2 to 3 feet in front of the hoop, place my dominant (shooting) hand on the ball and place my other hand lightly on the side. The focus of this drill is to make sure you follow through with your dominant hand and let it do most of the work. Your weak hand (for me my left) should only slightly be touching the ball just to act as a guide. After doing 5 to 10 shots from 3 feet in front of the hoop, you can gradually move back, and continue the process.

2. George Mikan Drill

This drill is important for all players, but especially post players.  This drill can be done jumping off one foot or two on each side of the hoop as you go up for a layup. Here is a video below to watch that show the drill in action.

3. Defensive slide drill

This drill is important to learn the fundamentals of playing defense and the proper way to defend another player. This video below goes into more detail and gives examples of how to proper do the drill.

 

Links to my blog

Hello again everyone!

In today’s post I will be giving a variety of links and reminders of some of the posts I have out there that could be helpful and informative. I find this helpful for not only me, but gives you all a chance to stay up to date and not miss any important information. If some of the links I post below are not what you are looking for, feel free to use to search bar on my website to locate the blog post/web page you are looking for.

To start off, here is the link to my about page just in case we have some new followers on the blog posts or people need more information on me. About me page: http://www5.cob.ilstu.edu/emduttl/about-me/  . This post just focuses on my background and how I got involved in what I do today.

Need some helpful tips on coaching and basketball in general? Here is the link to one of my favorite favorite blogs, The Breakthrough Basketball Blog” (https://www.feedspot.com/infiniterss.php?q=site:http%3A%2F%2Ffeeds.feedburner.com%2FTheBreakthroughBasketballBlog). You can also view my personal thoughts on this blog in one of my recent posts named Tips from “The Breakthrough Basketball Blog”. The link to my blog is http://www5.cob.ilstu.edu/emduttl/2018/02/21/tips-from-the-breakthrough-basketball-blog/

Still having some trouble on what to expect at our camps? You can check out my blog post Focus and Expectations. The link to this blog is http://www5.cob.ilstu.edu/emduttl/2018/02/09/focus-and-expectations/.

Hopefully some of these links I provided are helpful. Remember that if you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact me. The best way to reach me is at my email: skillsacademy44@gmail.com

Look forward to hearing from all of you and hope you are enjoying the blog posts and website so far!

Analyzing “Coaching Basketball – My Dream!”

Today I will be analyzing a blog by John Carrier called Coaching Basketball – My Dream. John’s blog has been featured as #5 in top blogs for Sports Illustrated Play website. John is know for creating blog posts that reach out to the basketball community. From kids, parents, and coaches John’s posts reach out to a wide variety of people.

Some of the topics that John covers in his blog posts are drills, coaching ideas, or just random thoughts on basketball. John has been coaching for over 11 seasons, and at 30 years of age he loves to work with young people and basketball. He views his posts as inspirational hopes to help those who have similar interests as he does.

As far as forgetting topics to be covered, I believe John does a good job of covering most if not all for bloggers in our niche. He puts his love and passion into what he does and I believe that message comes across in every single one of his posts.

The voice/style that John uses in his posts is inspirational and positive, with a slight sense of humor in some posts. John’s posts are meant to come across as informative for people seeking information on the sport of basketball and information in general. John understands that he does not know everything about basketball, but strives to learn more about the game from the teams he coaches and the people he interacts with on his blog posts.

Overall, this blog post deserves the attention it gets. For me, I analyze blog posts like this to help improve my blog posts as well. I love the concept behind how it is John’s dream to be a coach and teach basketball everyday. I highly recommend checking out this blog post, the link will be below!

Coaching Basketball – My Dream!: https://johncarrier.blogspot.com/