BRENDAN WINTERS HARDWOOD HUSTLE BASKETBALL PODCAST

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I had a great opportunity to chat with some of the best in the youth basketball industry, Adam Bradley and Alan Stein of the Hardwood Hustle Basketball Podcast, about my basketball career and the history of Pro Skills Basketball. There is a lot of good information here, and you can listen to the actual Hardwood Hustle episode or read the transcription below.

Looking back, Logan and I are really proud of what Pro Skills Basketball has been able to bring to our basketball communities, which now includes several cities, such as Charlotte, Greensboro, Sacramento, Denver, Philadelphia, and Boston! We are also extremely thankful for our great staff, parents, coaches and players who we have built tremendous relationships with over the years, and without, wouldn’t be where we are today. Lastly, special thanks to Alan and Adam for having me on the Hardwood Hustle. It was an awesome opportunity and experience. They are two of the best in the business, and do an amazing job promoting youth basketball! So without further ado, enjoy….

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5 WAYS FOR GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYERS TO LEAD

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Courtney Willis boxing out while playing professionally in Europe.

When it comes to playing basketball, most girl basketball players believe they are at a disadvantage. Believing that you are shorter, not as fast or strong as an opposing player, is your first disadvantage. I was taught at an early age that it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog (my high schools mascot was the bulldog after all).

I was never the most skilled player on the court. I didn’t shoot 3’s, and I was easily 20+ pounds less than the other post players I was guarding. I was 6’2 with the body of a wing and never faced the basket. I never once thought I couldn’t guard a girl bigger than me. I never once thought that I couldn’t get a rebound over someone taller than me. And I never once thought someone else was going to out hustle me. NEVER!

From my experiences, I have come up with 5 ways for girl basketball players to lead their team without being the most talented player, and if you are the most talented, GREAT – you should be doing these things anyway!
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TOP 5 POINT GUARDS IN THE HISTORY OF THE NBA

 

Here are some of the Top Point Guards from the NBA

 

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The point guard position in the NBA accommodates all sizes and shapes. From the likes of Magic Johnson who is 6 foot 9 inches tall to 5 foot 3 inches Tyrone Bogues, this position demands exceptional skill, agility, talent, basketball IQ, and power. A good point guard can dominate the game without even scoring a point. Deciding on the top 5 point guards from the NBA was tough, but I was able to narrow it down.

Most point guards are pass-first type of players. They typically have the offensive talent and mindset to get other teammates involved. Due to this, assist totals can indicate the level of point guard play. We have seen a lot of young point guards who want to get their teammates involved and others who shoot the basketball every time they touch it. There needs to be a good balance, but as mentioned, high assist totals with other high performing stats indicates that a player playing the PG position is really good! In my opinion, here are the top 5 point guards of all time.

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5 BASKETBALL CHRISTMAS GIFTS

By: Brendan Winters

Christmas Basketball Camp LogoI hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! You can read what we are thankful for if you missed our latest blog post. But with Thanksgiving now over, and Christmas less than a month away, it’s time to start getting our Christmas gifts squared away. I know I still have a lot of work to do, so it got me thinking about, “What are the best basketball Christmas gifts for basketball players, parents, and coaches?” With that question in mind, I wanted to give everyone a useful guide in my opinion of the 5 best basketball Christmas gifts.

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10 THINGS TO BE THANKFUL FOR IN YOUTH BASKETBALL

By: Brendan Winters

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What Pro Skills Basketball is Thankful for in Youth Basketball

With Thanksgiving approaching, there is so much to be thankful for, but I wanted to specifically reflect on the 10 things we, at Pro Skills Basketball, are thankful for in youth basketball.

So without further ado, here is what we are thankful for when it comes to youth basketball:

1. Parents who Simply Love to Watch their Kids Play

Many parents claim to love to watch their child play, but yet, while “watching”, they scream and yell at the refs, their child, the coach, and even sometimes the other team. I’m talking about the parents who truly just love to watch their child play, and sit there calmly, just enjoying the play of their child without all the screaming and yelling or at least yell with excitement and encouragement.

In fact, research has found that the best thing parents can say to their children after a game is simply “I love to watch you play”. Young children can misinterpret constructive criticism, and having too many “coaches” in the bleachers, on the bench and/or around the dinner table can be added pressure on kids. We are thankful for parents that understand the mission of our organization and can support their children without bad-mouthing others, screaming or fighting in the bleachers.

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