End of Season Checkup

Basketball Season is winding down. Before you get started with AAU/Travel team activities, here are some things for you to consider.

Document Basketball Season Statistics

If you don’t already have them, write down your statistics from this season. Knowing your statistics provides motivation for you to work on your individuals skills during the off season and helps you prepare goals for next season. Also, college coaches first point of contact with a player they are interested in is a prospective student-athlete questionnaire. The questionnaire may ask for your season’s stats. You will already have it handy.

Memphis-Area AAU/Travel Team Tryout Information

Use a computer or tablet/IPad to get tryout information at www.MemphisGirlsBasketball.com. It will be listed near the top of the page.

ACT

Registration deadline is March 13th for the April 18th date. The last test date for the 2014-15 period is June 13, 2015.

Basketball Development

I will kick off Individual Training Sessions March 14 for girls 7 years old and up that’s interested in learning the game. I also offer sessions to players that’s already on the school team but wants to work extra on fundamental development including agility, left and right hand ball handling, shooting techniques and game situations.

Spring Evaluation Period

The Spring Evaluation Period is quickly approaching. The dates are April 24-26. This is the first time period of 2015 that you can play in front of Division I college coaches at NCAA-certified events. Most players attend these events (tournaments) with a team, however, their are events (camps/showcases) available for individuals not on a team.

With the Spring Evaluation Period a few weeks away, there’s still time to start preparing. My How to Prepare for the Basketball Evaluation Period video is a great resource for teams and individuals. It provides tools and tips to help you make the most out of attending these events.

E.L.I.T.E. Academy

The E.L.I.T.E Academy has been a dream of mine for years. I grew up during a time when players got more out of camps than just playing in basketball games. There was an academic piece, a life skills piece, a skill development piece and some basketball games to play.

The E.L.I.T.E. Academy is designed to have the players talking about more than how many points they scored in a game. They will leave talking about how they were inspired by someone’s story. They will leave talking about their dreams and aspirations. The will leave with a bigger picture of what they can accomplish in basketball, through basketball and after basketball.

To learn more about the E.L.I.T.E. Academy, click here

NCAA Initial-Eligibility Requirements

Use the NCAA Eligibility Center Quick Reference Guide to do a quick review of the Core Courses, Test Scores, and Grade Point Average requirements for initial eligibility for DI and II.

2014-15 Guides for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

Get some of your questions answered about recruitment and academic requirements to play at the different levels:

Division I and II
NAIA
NJCAA

Winter Break Checkup

The Winter/Holiday Break means (for most players) the end of first semester. This makes the perfect time to do an academic and basketball performance checkup.

Things to Think About

How are your grades? Are you maintaining a decent average?
Have you taken the ACT? How did you do?
How are your basketball stats? Are you close to the goals you set for the season?
How many college coaches have you contacted since the beginning of the school year? Did they respond?

ACT

Registration deadline is January 9th for the February 7th date. The remaining test dates for the 2014-15 period are April 18 and June 13, 2015.

Continuous Development

Skill development during the season does not require a lot of time, just consistency. Over the past 12 weeks, I’ve posted workouts that can be done either for 15 minutes before your team practice or 15 minutes after the practice. If you’ve been following the P-15 workouts and tips, you should have noticed improvements in your game and an increase in your confidence. If you haven’t been following, starting now gives you enough time to improve for tournament time and Spring AAU/Travel Team Tryouts.

Spring Evaluation Period

April 24-26 are the dates for the Spring Evaluation Period. This is the first time period of 2015 that you can play in front of Division I college coaches at NCAA-certified events. Most players attend these events (tournaments) with a team, however, their are events (camps/showcases) available for individuals not on a team.

With the Spring Evaluation Period only a few months away, its the perfect time to start preparing. My How to Prepare for the Basketball Evaluation Period video is a great resource for teams and individuals. It provides tools and tips to help you make the most out of attending these events.

NCAA Initial-Eligibility Requirements

Use the NCAA Eligibility Center Quick Reference Guide to do a quick review of the Core Courses, Test Scores, and Grade Point Average requirements for initial eligibility for DI and II.

2014-15 Guides for the College-Bound Student-Athlete

Get some of your questions answered about recruitment and academic requirements to play at the different levels:

Division I and II
NAIA
NJCAA

Fall Academic Eligibility Checkup

In the Summer Basketball Season is Over, Now What post, I wrote about preparing yourself for Academic Eligibility to play college basketball. We are a couple of months into the school year. A couple of report card periods and ACT test dates have passed. This makes the perfect time to do an academic checkup to make sure you are on the right path for academic eligibility. This is also a great opportunity for me to share additional beneficial information to you.

Continue reading

Journey to Memphis’ Next Top Baller Episode 22 (Signed Seniors Success Guide)

I have to be honest with you. I get down sometimes. I’m not always an up beat person. I don’t always have a smile on my face. Or be in the mood to put a smile on another person’s face. The main thing that gets me down is the fact that I’m not in position to do what I absolutely LOVE to do FULL TIME… That is be in the gym helping young ladies in basketball.

For over 15 years, I’ve had the vision to train, to write books, to publish DVDs and other materials to help young ladies in the game. It’s been an uphill battle. But I’m still here. I’m still here because it is a journey. It takes time. It takes making mistakes, which I have made plenty of it. But the journey becomes more bearable when you get to work with players like Ridgeway’s Ashley Jackson.

Continue reading