PSB AAU BASKETBALL FEBRUARY PLAYER OF THE MONTH


Jillian Villanti, Lake Norman Charter, 7th Grade

Jillian Villanti has been playing AAU basketball with PSB Select for 3 years.  She is a starter for her Lake Norman Charter Middle School team as a 7th grader, and she is one of the leaders of this season’s PSB select team. Of Jillian, our Director of Girls Basketball, Courtney Willis, says, “Jillian is an extremely hard worker and great teammate. She’s always willing to dive on the floor and encourage her teammates.” Congrats Jillian!

NEWS: TEAMSNAP PARTNERS WITH PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL

 

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Pro Skills Basketball is pleased to announce a partnership with TeamSnap for 2016! TeamSnap will be joining a great crowd of PSB partners and supporters including Under Armour, USA Youth Basketball, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and the Jr. NBA.

So what exactly is TeamSnap?

TeamSnap is an award-winning mobile and web app for managing recreational and competitive sports teams and groups. Simply put, TeamSnap makes coaching, managing and playing team sports easier. Parents and players instantly know where to be and what to bring. Coaches and managers track who can make the game, who’s paid their fees and much more. Everyone saves time communicating with the team.

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HOW TO MAKE A BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

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There is little doubt that a well planned basketball highlight video is an important part of the college basketball recruiting process. A good basketball highlight video can gain you the attention that you seek, and a bad highlight video can have you thrown into a pile, never to be acknowledged again.

It sounds harsh, but that is the world that college basketball coaches live in. Having friends, family and acquaintances in that line of work, I have seen it first hand. Here are 5 tips on how to make the best basketball highlight video.

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LOGAN KOSMALSKI HARDWOOD HUSTLE BASKETBALL PODCAST

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A few weeks back, my Pro Skills Basketball co-founder, Brendan Winters, and I had the opportunity to be guest on the nationally-renowned, Hardwood Hustle Basketball Podcast with Adam Bradley and Alan Stein. It was a great experience as I was able to talk about my basketball background and career as well as my role in Pro Skills Basketball today. You can listen to the podcast on the Hardwood Hustle website or download it on Apple iTunes, or you can read the interview below. Also, if you missed Brendan’s episode, you can check it out here. After you listen to it or read it, please share your thoughts with us!

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NEWS: PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL TEAMS UP WITH JR. NBA!

 

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What is the Jr. NBA?

Adding to an already excellent list of partners, including Under Armour, USA Youth Basketball, and Dick’s Sporting Goods among others, we are excited to announce that for 2016 Pro Skills Basketball is a Jr. NBA organization! Coming on the heels of becoming an official USA Basketball Youth Organization, 2016 is shaping up to be quite a year for Pro Skills Basketball.

The Jr. NBA is a vehicle by which the NBA can positively support youth basketball in the United States. Their philosophy is to teach the fundamentals of basketball and use the sport to instill core character values. They have an outstanding “pledge” that all Jr. NBA organizations must make that includes:

  • FUNdamentals – Teaching basic basketball skill development in a positive, encouraging and fun environment is rewarding for all involved
  • Hard Work – Emphasizing how to compete – with a focus on working hard and competing to the best of your ability – is more important than the outcome of games won and lost
  • Respect – Exhibiting a positive attitude toward players, coaches, parents, officials and teammates is how we honor the game and each other
  • Sportsmanship – Playing the right way, the Jr. NBA Way, is centered on fair, ethical and honest competition
  • Teamwork – Working together in a supportive manner for a common goal fosters positive social and personal development
  • Healthy Living – Exercising regularly benefits both mind and body – leading to better health outcomes, greater energy levels, and enhanced classroom performance

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Obviously we believe in these things wholeheartedly, but the Jr. NBA also provides other great resources as well like a “Coach’s Code of Conduct“, coaching tips, a “leadership council” that includes Stephen Curry and his father, Dell Curry, and a partnership with USA Youth Basketball and their Coach Licensing project.

The main benefits however to becoming a Jr. NBA organization are:

  • FREE Jr. NBA Welcome Gift
  • Access to national network of Jr. NBA events
  • Discount uniform offers
  • Discounted coach licensing from USA Basketball and professional development opportunities for coaches/administrators
  • Opportunities for appearances from NBA and WNBA players and legends
  • Access to grant funding

We’re hoping to take advantage of this and be able to get some NBA players to our camps around the country this upcoming summer. Regardless, we’re super excited to be a Jr. NBA organization for 2016, and we look forward to a bright future!