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Old 08-12-2010, 06:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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im 5'7 and was thinking about point guard . we play scrimmages and the coaches pick the players. i have handles and can drive left and right and have an average mid-range jumper. what do i do on the court to prove im good enough? im nervous about going as i lack muscle and i've never been on a school team in my life. im quick and like cutting. what position allows me to showcase my skills the most?
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5'7 sounds like a point guard to me. But if your as good as you say you are, then maybe a combo guard. And as for how you can make the team, I read somewhere that coaches love 3 things.

1) Players who play with hustle
2) Players that play defense
3) Players that listen to their coaches.

Do all those and you should be golden.

That reminds me, this will be my first year for tryouts on the high school team! Woot!
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I have handles because I practice alot but I'm not getting the concept of breaking ankles or blowing past defenders. I hate when I crossover, the kid puts his hand there n steals it
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I have handles because I practice alot but I'm not getting the concept of breaking ankles or blowing past defenders. I hate when I crossover, the kid puts his hand there n steals it
You don't gotta break peoples ankles to be effective. Theres a reason why A.I. is looking for a job right now. Don't be afraid to pass the ball if you don't think you can get past your man. Trying to do something you can't do usually ends up in a turnover. Play within yourself and don't try to hard to impress the coach by getting fancy.
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Use that quickness on the defensive end. Coaches always look for defense first, especially in high school. Offence can be taught, but defense is an instinct.

And on offense, don't hold the ball for too long. Even though you're a point, coaches hate players that hold the ball for too long. And if I were you, I would pass the ball instead of trying to show off those crossovers. I remember my school's coach telling the point guard: unless you're wide open, pass the ball. If you try to score when you should have passed the ball, you're getting hooked from the game.
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I have handles because I practice alot but I'm not getting the concept of breaking ankles or blowing past defenders. I hate when I crossover, the kid puts his hand there n steals it
I suggest emulating guys like Steve Blake, Earl Watson, Jarrett Jack even. Guys who aren't necessarily masters of flash, but rather steady PGs that play within their abilities.

Offensively, take care of the rock and don't force things. If you can get the ball over half court and initiate the offense under pressure, you'll have the coach's attention.

Play scrappy defense. At all levels, coaches value defense more than ankle breaking crossovers.

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on offense, take what the defense gives you. when you're playing good ball, pre-meditated crossovers are going to get swiped 90% of the time.

defend and box-out. you don't even have to grab every board. just box your man out, no matter where you are on the floor. coaches love seeing kids box out.
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im 5'7 and was thinking about point guard . we play scrimmages and the coaches pick the players. i have handles and can drive left and right and have an average mid-range jumper. what do i do on the court to prove im good enough? im nervous about going as i lack muscle and i've never been on a school team in my life. im quick and like cutting. what position allows me to showcase my skills the most?
dude...chill out....its high school...

go to a basketball court and play with your buddies...thats how you get better...or atleast i did...specially playing one on one...

and if you have all the skills you say you have....you should be able to dominate...and the coaches will notice you more when your give it your all during practice rather than the actual game...
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If you aren't playing 5 on 5 full court scrimages all the time outdoors and indoors with friends in your free time, you may look lost in try outs, so if you don't make the team this year, that has a lot to do with it. A lot of guys expect to make a school team but coyly shirk from opportunities to play with guys pickup. You can't be shy, play as much as you can 5 on 5. When I first started playing ball real young, i focused too much on half court, probably even playing 1 on 1 or 2 on 2 more than I did anything. Luckily I eventually paid to play in a summer league, so I got the experience I needed to get ready for high school, and then continued to play full court pick up whenever I could, it's invaluable. Half court scrimages, especially if it's 3 on 3 or less really is a handicap if that's all you do.

Other than that, don't be flashy, especially in any iso situations. Dumb players will try to go one on five and lose the ball doing some flashy stuff.

Impress your coach with your respect for fundamentals and knowledge of the game. Be aggressive and vocal, show leadership. If you're 5'7, then you're going to need to know how to pass the ball intelligently. The hardest thing to teach a team of guys is to swing the damn ball around the perimeter and usually it takes more than the coach to get this through to the players skulls (the coach himself might not understand this simple truth) so swing the ball and confront your teammates for doing too much with selfish isos and not taking opportunities to move the ball all the perimeter. Talk to the coach and get to know his philosophy of basketball and share your views with him to see if they concur, he might be impressed with what you have to say. Maybe he's an idiot. Maybe you're an idiot. Either way, it's no ones fault, that's natures will.


Give it your best, and if you don't make it, you'll have to figure it out to improve for next season, or pay to join a league with refs, it's fun.

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I'm in York region district school board area. What do I do if I am placed on a team with ballhogs. My friend tried out last year and said his team had alot of ballhogs so he didn't make it. I don't see me skills as very great. I have a tough time shooting in scrimmages because I rush shots and it overshoots.

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I'm in York region district school board area. What do I do if I am placed on a team with ballhogs.
There will be some ball hogging, but you will have many chances to shine if you really feel you are better than the majority of people, and that's a feeling you need to have It's an entitlement thing, the players who make the team really believe they are the best players, but a lot of times they have good reasons for those beliefs. You need to be confident, and that comes from experience, it comes from knowing you earned your skills and your place in the hierarchy. Did you play on the junior high team? You need some experience playing with refs and full court situations, it would be very unusual to make a high school team without that, at your height, but not impossible.

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My friend tried out last year and said his team had alot of ballhogs so he didn't make it. I don't see my skills as very great. I have a tough time shooting in scrimmages because I rush shots and it overshoots.
Unless you are trying out for a high school on the fringe with low skilled players, You're likely not ready for a high school team, and that's ok. Gather up some money and join a league with refs, there must be some leagues for your age, there was for me. You'll have a lot more fun on one of those teams, because it won't be as competitive, you'll play more games and you'll get better faster than if you made the high school team but came off the bench and played 2 minutes in a whole season. But be sure to still try out though, it's a valuable experience, you'll desensitize yourself to the pressure of competition and being judged, and your coach will likely remember you and you'll have a much better chance of making it next year if he knows you from the previous year, coaches want to reward players who try out, they don't like cutting you and if they see you back, their hope is that you improved.

And play scrimmages in parks whenever and wherever you can, don't be one of those guys who fantasizes about the glory of high school ball when he doesn't take the opportunities to play wherever and whenever he can, not saying that's what you do, but just play as much as you can. And sign up for a league, you need to play with refs, it's a whole different experience.

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try your best to imitate Allen Iverson's game.

for real though, if you're gonna play pg you don't need to be flashy. Play d, don't commit turnovers and hook up teammates.
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Try to play dirty defense and frustrate your defender. It works all the time. 30-40% of fouls aren't even called during tryouts so be really physical and agressive. If you driving the lane, throw you body into defenders and then look for passes. If there are a lot of ball hogs on your team try to be vocal and yell for the ball, because the coach will notice it. This is what got me on my team in grade 12.
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I started Balling at 14. I played in a developmental league and know the value of off ball screens. I still have two months but the league doesn't run then. What kind of practice should I still do. I volunteer at the gym so I get alot of free time which consists of shooting and I make my mid-range jumpers consistently. My free throws I am working on. I'm around the high 60%
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Do what you feel your biggest weakness is. If you feel you are rushing and overshooting your shots in scrimmages, then play more scrimmages. Make it so pulling up for the jumper in a game is second nature, know what it feels like to not have any hesitation and doubt, pulling into your shot like you know it's going in every time. You can practice shooting in a shoot around all you want, but if your problem stems from the pressures of defense in a game, then you likely won't see very significant improvements, because the problem is maybe not your shot, but the way you handle pressure, which you can improve by exposing yourself to the pressure of game as much as you can.
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Do what Calderon does, drible alot and pass it to the PF 99% of the time..... You never know, it may get you a large contract in the NBA someday.



Oh... and clap on D, it works everytime. lol
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what vertical do i need to be conisdered athletic?
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I started Balling at 14. I played in a developmental league and know the value of off ball screens. I still have two months but the league doesn't run then. What kind of practice should I still do. I volunteer at the gym so I get alot of free time which consists of shooting and I make my mid-range jumpers consistently. My free throws I am working on. I'm around the high 60%
Dude.

Where do you live?
If you're close to Parkdale I'd be happy to help you out. It would be fun.

Basketball, like any sport is about patience, about intelligence, and about team work.

Practicing the boring and seemingly useless fundamental motions and footwork are your best bet. I'll try to scrape up what I believe to be some great drills on the web. Send me you email addy in PM, i'll send you some links.

Remember. Honest repetition. It isn't about speed, its about form, and doing it right, EVERYTIME. I ask any of the kids I have coached very little. I ask for full effort mentally even more than physically. You have to learn at a young age to be mentally strong. Playground ball is a waste of time to be honest unless you're running with college kids, so if you can, find them.

Let me know. I'd love to get out and put up some shots myself!

Hell that goes for any of you who wanna play a bit and get ready for your school tryouts. I'm not John Wooden, but I can help a bit.
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I started Balling at 14. I played in a developmental league and know the value of off ball screens. I still have two months but the league doesn't run then. What kind of practice should I still do. I volunteer at the gym so I get alot of free time which consists of shooting and I make my mid-range jumpers consistently. My free throws I am working on. I'm around the high 60%
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