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Old 10-13-2012, 06:02 AM   #23
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Default Re: Preparation for High School Ball

Originally Posted by SourPatchKids
Woot Woot! Hey you did respond!

Hats off to you for banging with the big boys, Chuck Hayes must have been an inspiration for you. So I'm going to take your advice and write down all my daily activities. I could do it digitally but I'd rather keep a physical journal.

Regarding protein intake: What would be a good source of 40-50 grams of protein? Is protein from say, chocolate milk the same as protein from lean chicken breast? Also I've replaced the white bread pb&jelly sandwiches with a brand of whole wheat called Honeywheat. How big of a difference do you think this switch will make?

Also my rebounding could use some work, any tips on:

1. Timing
2. Grabbing the ball with 2 hands( not playing volleyball with it)
3. Securing the rebound after snatching it( sometimes I don't protect the ball very well and it gets slapped at or poked loose by a sneaky defender)
4. Fighting through a huge player's boxout
5. Boxing out huge players( I know the saying is low man always wins but are there any other tips regarding this?)

Thanks, man. And nah. It's called pride. Whatever I represent, I make damn sure I represent it well. I was tired of everyone saying our school was weak (even though we admittedly truly were) or I wasn't good enough to play college ball (Which I'm close to disproving right now). At times, my pride can get unhealthy to the point where I start ripping my jersey, tossing my goggles (yes, I'm a Kareem), or whatever, but that's just how intense I play in the game.

Anyway, about the protein, whenever you eat, just try to make sure you get at serving at least the size of your fist. I eat way more at night since my minimal eating during the day leaves some holes in my nutrition if I won't compensate at another time (of course, this is done with reason, though), but for those who have a regular schedule, a good fist-sized portion is ideal. It doesn't matter what animal it is, just get that serving.

Admittedly, I wouldn't count protein from any other sources aside from meat, dairy (milk, cheese, etc.), and supplements (if you take). Counting proteins from breads and other foods that are mainly sources of other macronutrients (Carbohydrates and fats) are usually incomplete proteins. Not gonna go into the science, mainly because it flies over my head too, but if I were to get all my proteins from bread, imagine how much bread I'd need to eat. Anyway, this type of thinking, it just keeps you honest.

About the bread, well, for someone who needs to gain weight, PB&J's can be your best friend. Just make sure you get good ingredients and you'll be good. I suggest you eat them later in the day though. Ever since I started reversing my eating portions (Meals get bigger as the day progresses), I've gotten bigger and more cut up. I'm not that jacked and ripped yet but I'll most definitely reach my goal of the year before 2012 ends. If I were you though, I'd rather replace that PB&J with some apple, PB, and sardines (You can actually mix them if you want. PB & sardines actually go together).

Oddly enough, I never really worked on my rebounding alone. It was ALWAYS during practice. I guess that's hat made me want to get after it more, the fact that the only REAL rebounding practice I got was when others were around to simulate a real game. Otherwise, if you were alone, it felt really awkward. However, there are still some stuff you can do if you're training alone.

1) Timing

To work on this, I don't really like those constant throws off the board and just grabbing them down. If you're gonna grab a board, GRAB it. Rip it out from the air. One thing I used to do was stand one on side of the paint, toss it up well above the square on the board while facing slightly the outer side, then once I release, I quickly drop down in a box-out position and move to the other side. If you toss and move quickly enough, you'll be able to get in a good position just before the ball hits the board. Time your mighty jump and rip it down.

2) Grabbing & Securing

Now, this is just going to be a habit you have to build. Whenever you see a board is yours, grab it with both hands or do the old slapping act. I guess it was just instinct for me plus the influence I got form watching all the bigs play, but whenever i used to grab a board, automatic, chin it hard and look out. Before I even hit the floor, I already look behind me to see if there's a good pass out or a nosy defender trying it poke it out. It's much easier to protect the ball when you are more aware of your surroundings. I believe court vision isn't just a "guard thing."

3) Boxing out huge players

Of course, brute strength is a plus in this department. The paint is the big, bad boy's domain, and the bigger and badder, the better. However, that is not to say a little finesse can go a long way. I think footwork is going to be of utmost importance here when dealing with bigger players. Learn spin and seal, swim and seal, and use any other clean trick you can use to get in front of your man. Bottomline, learn to be quick on your feet and use your craftiness. There are a lot of ways you can beat the bigger man using your feet (I guess the dancing came in handy here ), but remember, once you have him beat, it's time to turn finesse into aggressiveness. Seal your man hard with your rear (no homo). I learned that the hard way garnering up fouls when I would try and push my man back with my back. Also, try to ge low enough to be able to block one of his legs from jumping. 9 times out of 10, they're not going to jump, simply coz they know they can't without hitting you.

I remember this vid helped me a lot back then:

For any other tips, it's cliche, but whoever wants it more WILL get it. I don't really have that impressive of a jump (I can barely touch the rim at my height), but it all comes down to the fight.
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