Anatomy of great basketball player


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Do you think being skilled makes up a great basketball player? Unfortunately, lots of parents and players use this as their sole criteria.

The truth is this is wrong!

After coaching 20+ years, I’ve found that great players excel in the following 5 areas:

  1. Skill
  2. High basketball IQ
  3. Selfless
  4. Floor general
  5. Lead by example

Player has super-strong basketball fundamentals.

High basketball IQ:
Player not only knows their playbook responsibilities, but everyone else’s, as well.

Player has mindset to always lookout for other teammates over self.

Floor general:
When actively playing, player is the coach on floor (instructing and helping others, when necessary).

Lead by example:
Be a model player that coach can point to as an example of excellence.

When I come across a player with these attributes, I’m drooling all over myself.

These are the players coaches use to build long-term, successful programs.


About the author 

Coach Berry

John Berry (a.k.a. Coach Berry) has been a basketball coach and skill development trainer since 1993 and has coached hundreds of games and instructed 1,000’s of kids. Coach Berry is, and always has been committed to helping youth in life and on the basketball court.

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