ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: RYAN SCHWIEGER – PRINCETON

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Pro Skills Basketball Alumni: Ryan Schwieger of Princeton University

PSB alum Ryan Schwieger is this month’s alumni spotlight pick.

Ryan played high school ball at Weddington, a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina and then moved on to Princeton where he is a freshman this year (2017-18).

So far this season, Ryan is averaging about 15 minutes per game for the Tigers, and you can follow his progress and stats here.

A bit more information on Ryan:

Before Princeton
Ranked as the No. 13 player in the Class of 2017 in North Carolina by NCpreps.com … conference coaches’ pick 2016 and 2017 Southern Carolina Conference Player of the Year by the Monroe, N.C. Enquirer-Journal … named 2016 and 2017 Union County Player of the Year by UnionCountyHoops.com … 2017 NCBCA all-state honoree … Charlotte Observer first-team all-region in 2017 … all-time leading scorer (1,405) and rebounder (675) in school history while also holding the school record for most points in a game (42) and a season (622) and racking up 29 double-doubles … helped Weddington win three conference titles during his career … averaged 21.4 points, nine rebounds and three assists as a senior, increasing his scoring and rebounding averages from 10.5 and 6.9 as a sophomore to 17.7 and 7.9 as a junior … selected to the 2017 North Carolina All-Star game as a member of the West team.

**Info from the Princeton Men’s Basketball website

We wish Ryan the best of luck this season!

 

 

BASKETBALL DRILL OF THE MONTH: FOOTWORK-LINE-PIVOT DRILL

Footwork Pivot Basketball Drill

This month’s youth basketball drill is the “footwork-line-pivot” drill. I got this drill from Coach Don Showalter of USA Basketball, and I first implemented it at the USA Basketball Youth Charlotte Boys Regional Camp that I directed back in August.

At that basketball camp, we did it very effectively with 100 kids in lines of 5-6 spread out along the sideline so it clearly works with large groups, or as seen in the video above from a basketball clinic I did with our PSB club team players in September, you can also do the drill using the free throw lines and elbows if you have a smaller group.

In this case, we had about 50-60 kids, and we used all 6 baskets and used both lane lines at each basket, so 12 lines total.

How to do the “Footwork-Line-Pivot” Drill:

#1 Players line up on the baseline and free throw lane line facing the elbow.

#2 Players dribble up the elbow with their outside hand and jump stop to triple threat at the elbow.

#3 Before the drill, the coach tells the players which kind of pivot they should do – left foot forward, left foot reverse, right foot forward, or right foot reverse – and players do that pivot at the elbow.

#4 Again before the drill, the coach tells the players which kind of pass they should do2-hand bounce, 2-hand chest, 1-hand side chest, or 1-hand side bounce – and players make that pass after the pivot.

Those are the basics of the drill, which sounds simple but for youth basketball players, the drill can get tricky because they have to focus on doing multiple things and following multiple instructions.

For example, dribble with outside hand, jump stop, triple threat, correct pivot, correct pass, etc.

Why this Basketball Drill is so Beneficial:

#1 It keeps players moving. Not a lot of standing around!

#2 Players work on dribbling, jump stops, triple threat, pivoting, passing, and following instructions.

#3 Doing multiple things at once or very quickly one right after the other.

When I first started doing this drill not all that long ago, I was amazed at how many players, especially older kids, struggled to pivot with either foot, specifically on reverse pivots!

There are also some good ways to make this drill even harder if you have a more advanced group or make a game out of it if you want to add in some competition simply by adding in a 2nd ball. But more video and explanation of this in an upcoming drill of the month.

Stay tuned!

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: KENNY HAIRSTON

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Pro Skills Basketball Alumni: Kenny Hairston of Limestone College

This month the spotlight is on jet-quick point guard, PSB club team alum, Kenny Hairston. Kenny played high school basketball at Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina and currently plays division II college basketball at Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.

A little more information on Kenny:

2016-17: Appeared in all 33 games … shot 44.3 percent from the field (86-of-194) … shot 63.5 percent from the free-throw line (47-of-74) … recorded 55 rebounds, 34 assists, seven blocks, 20 steals and 277 points.

2015-16: Played in 17 games with one start … shot 27.7 percent from the field (23-of-83) … shot 27.0 percent  from behind the arc (20-of-74) … had a 57.1 free-throw percentage (four-of-seven) … grabbed 24 total rebounds (three offensive and 21 defensive) … recorded 18 assists, one block and six steals.

Davidson Day HS: Averaged 19.3 points as a senior and 21 points per game as a junior … dished out 3.8 assists per game during senior year … reached the career 1,000-point mark … named team MVP … earned MVP honors in the Lake Norman Charter Jimmy V All-Star Classic … two-time all-state selection.

Personal: Born Oct. 23, 1995 in Charlotte, N.C., Kenny is the son of Kenneth and Carolyn Hairston. He is a psychology major.

**Info from the Limestone Men’s Basketball website

Good luck this season, Kenny!!

 

 

 

PLAYER OF THE MONTH: GRANT WEBER

Grant will be a 7th grader at Lake Norman Charter School this upcoming season. He played point guard for 6th grade north under coach Dorian Albritton in his first year with Pro Skills Basketball.

PLAYER OF THE MONTH: LAUREN KANE

Lauren is a rising 8th grader at Holy Trinity and is one of the hardest workers on the 7th Grade South team. “She is a natural leader, and she’s one of the toughest kids I’ve had the pleasure of coaching. Regardless of the score, she gives 110% all the time, goes game speed in practice, and has a fantastic attitude.” -Coach Brittany