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Old 10-23-2012, 07:50 PM   #1
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Okay to make things clear, I'm a freshman and my assistant coach said the best way to make the team is to single yourself out and get noticed. Now my question is how could i do that? what are somethings to do to do that?
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Old 10-23-2012, 08:45 PM   #2
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Okay to make things clear, I'm a freshman and my assistant coach said the best way to make the team is to single yourself out and get noticed. Now my question is how could i do that? what are somethings to do to do that?

Just ball man, **** that dude.

It's like asking someone how to get your dream girl. Just be yourself and if it's mean to happen, it'll happen. If not, work harder.

The one thing I'd say don't do is be that guy who is throwing himself on the floor to try to show that he's a hustle player. Those people are pathetic.

Just play like you would play and trust in yourself.

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Old 10-23-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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There is a couple ways to do this.. The selfish douch way that is far to common in bball atm,
And the respected hard work style.

First way: hog the ball and always go one on one. Try be fancy, iso style. Crossovers, shooting with a man in your face, and making any passes you do harder then required.

But the best way to stand out:

Play hard, hustle hard. Always run back on D, and in the event that you do get the ball stolen off you, get back. Put most of your effort on D, and move with out the ball on Offense, set screens and look for that extra pass. Of course take the open shots too.
Basically never give up, give it your all and leave the court knowing you left everything out there. Trust me, people recognize when you make that effort to get back on defense.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:45 PM   #4
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Just ball man, **** that dude.

It's like asking someone how to get your dream girl. Just be yourself and if it's mean to happen, it'll happen. If not, work harder.

The one thing I'd say don't do is be that guy who is throwing himself on the floor to try to show that he's a hustle player. Those people are pathetic.

Just play like you would play and trust in yourself.

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The one thing I'd say don't do is be that guy who is throwing himself on the floor to try to show that he's a hustle player. Those people are pathetic.

As a player and now also as a coach, I'm really not sure I could disagree with you more on that angle. For my region and school, I've always had above average skills, but my willingness to do what you find pathetic was what put me on another level. As a sophomore, I definitely wasn't a shoe-in to make the varsity team. My skills were good, but so were a lot of the other players, and most of them were upperclassman. So over the course of that three day tryout, what solidified not only that I'd be making the team, but I'd end up starting come opening night? My willingness to work extremely hard and do everything I possibly could, even if it meant, yes, throwing myself on the floor for any lose ball in sight.

On the flip side, now as a coach, a player's willingness to partake in what some folks deem pathetic is one of the primary things I'm looking for. To shed some light, most of the players trying out for my teams are broken down like this:

1. The Gifted: I don't have them every year, but these are the players who are supremely more talented than anyone else on the floor and it's clear and apparent to everyone in the room, even the coaches. They tend to get noticed regardless of their actual performance.

2. The Normal: These are the toughest players to select, because they seem to mesh along with just about everyone else. They do a lot of the normal things right, but nothing at a particularly exceptional level. They're not sticking out for how bad they are, but they're not exactly sticking out for how good they are either.

3. The Defender/Hardworkers: People may want to deny it, but these guys stick out nearly as much as the gifted. As I just mentioned above, a lot of tryouts I've been a part of have been filled with a lot of the "normal" guys. The kind of folks who will make most open layups, hit some open shots, not play terrible defense, and generally live a rather unspectacular basketball existence. With that in mind, it certainly catches a coach's eye when one of those players does something effort-related to boost themselves up from the rest of the pack.

Granted, does that mean a player can just randomly swan dive and expect to get noticed? Well, yeah, but for ridiculous reasons more than good. But if we think about it, if there's a group of players all doing generally the same thing, but then there's one or a few clearly willing to go beyond, whether by sprinting back on defense, not giving up on any play (even if your opponent is streaking down the court all by himself and you have no chance to catch up), diving on any freaking loose ball in sight, boxing out and pursuing every single rebounding opportunity... those things matter.

It's true, if there's a loose ball and a pack of players are pursuing in the upright position and bent at the waist, but then one fellow decides to dive on that bad boy, my first thought is, "There's a guy who wants it! He understands what's at stake here!" And that doesn't mean he'll make my team. He might dive and hustle all he wants, but if he just flat out sucks, he still sucks. Diving gets my attention though. And to be honest, so does not diving. When I see players trying out with a seeming unwillingness to do all the extra stuff, it provides a lot more questions than answers. For one, I'm left to wonder, "Who do these normal guys think they are coming in here and feeling as if they don't have to do everything possible to make this team?"




All that aside, my general advice for making a team is not to leave any stone unturned. Meaning, do everything you can. So many players seem to have convinced themselves that scoring might be the only way to ever get noticed. This might be true for the ladies watching games in the stands, but it's not true for coaches or anyone who claims to know anything about the game of basketball. Everything counts. Boxing out. Rebounding. Hustle. ATTITUDE. Sincerity (aka none of the fake, "C'mon guys! We can do this! As a team!" motivation lines). Getting back on defense. Never giving up. Failing at a portion of the game (missing a layup, blowing a defensive assignment) and not showing the failure on your face or in the way you play the rest of the game. It all counts.

Of course, that will only take you so far. After coaching for six years or so, I secured a tryout as a player with a very small level minor league basketball squad. And with all my newfound knowledge of what it was like to be on the coaching side of a tryout, I thought I had a solid strategy now that I was once again in the shoes of a player. And you know, I followed through on my plan. I worked the hell out. I pushed myself to the limit, sprinted to exhaustion then beyond, dived on loose balls, didn't grimace when my J didn't fall, and pretty much did everything I thought I should do as a player trying out. And you know what? I still didn't make it. But (cliche forthcoming), at least I knew I gave it everything I got. And that's why I say don't try to be someone else, just do everything you know you can and leave with no regrets.

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Old 10-24-2012, 01:14 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice guys. Just so you know, theres 48 people trying out and only 16 will make it. Any other tips?
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:53 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice guys. Just so you know, theres 48 people trying out and only 16 will make it. Any other tips?


Be confident, know your game. Talk yourself into knowing you'll be one of those 16. Not maybe or might but WILL. And good luck :)
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:29 AM   #7
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Be confident, know your game. Talk yourself into knowing you'll be one of those 16. Not maybe or might but WILL. And good luck :)

Thanks bro but aint that kinda being cocky? Like i just feel like if im like yeah im definently making the team, i actually wont
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:08 AM   #8
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Find your strength and get really good at it. I've been playing pick up ball for a few years and since we only play once a week on want to be on the court as much as possible. I was always one of the better ball handlers playing but I decided to spend some time doing ball handling drills to separate myself from the other point guards and get more play time.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:31 AM   #9
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Thanks bro but aint that kinda being cocky? Like i just feel like if im like yeah im definently making the team, i actually wont
I don't think he means walk around with arrogance, as if you already made the team. Instead, I think he's talking about how you feel on the inside. You're here saying there's sixteen open slots out of forty two trying out. He's saying to know inside you're good enough to be one of those sixteen. There's a difference between confidence and cockiness. As a coach, I'm not looking for cocky, but I'm also not looking for someone who looks unsure about what they're doing.

In truth though, there's going to be limits as to what you can do to make this team. The biggest thing that contributes to a player making a team is all the legitimate work they put into the game in the days, weeks, months, and years prior to the tryout. Preparation is number one. If a player is someone who spends most of their basketball life opting not to run back on defense, not box out, and not share the rock, it's going to be tough to enter a tryout and suddenly make all those things happen, you know? If you're confident in your preparation though, just play your game and let the chips fall where they may. There's no real magic answer to making a team.

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Old 10-24-2012, 08:32 PM   #10
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Find your strength and get really good at it. I've been playing pick up ball for a few years and since we only play once a week on want to be on the court as much as possible. I was always one of the better ball handlers playing but I decided to spend some time doing ball handling drills to separate myself from the other point guards and get more play time.

my strength is three point shooting, but we play on the half-full courts so there aint any threes?
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:33 PM   #11
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This is a high school team, right? If you don't make it, there's always the freshman squad. Don't worry too much.

Not really anything concerning the OP, just some words of advice.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:48 PM   #12
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This is a high school team, right? If you don't make it, there's always the freshman squad. Don't worry too much.

Not really anything concerning the OP, just some words of advice.

nahh this is the freshman squad.
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Old 10-24-2012, 11:25 PM   #13
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nahh this is the freshman squad.


How big is your school? Goddamn.
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Old 10-25-2012, 12:24 AM   #14
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How big is your school? Goddamn.

i knowww aha 3000 kids in our school.
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