We are in Delray Beach, Florida scouting the Junior National Skills Academy run by NBA & Nike Basketball Trainer Ganon Baker and his team of coaches. This invitation only camp features some of the top rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from around the USA and Canada who are not only being physically pushed with high intensity workouts and mentally pushed through difficult basketball IQ challenges but they are also being taught life lessons in following Baker’s credo of educating, inspiring, and changing the basketball culture of these young players by equipping them with basketball survival skills and life solutions to help them through challenges they will face throughout their careers.
At NetScouts Basketball we’ve seen such a dramatic rise in the skills and abilities of international players throughout the world whether in China on one of our International “FIBA Friendly” Tournaments or in Europe for the Euroleague NJIT events & Eurobasket competition or our own camps in Budapest or Prague. The reason? These players are being taught skills, fundamentals, and learning how to play the game 5-0n-5.
Here in the states our youngsters are playing A LOT of basketball, typically known as AAU or club ball but they are not learning the necessary skills and not putting in the time to work on their game and GET BETTER. Playing a lot of games doesn’t make you a better player. As Terry Drake, one of Ganon’s top coaches told campers tonight, “everyone wants the power of a champion but isn’t willing to go through the PAIN to gain the POWER!”
We will evaluate all of the players throughout the weekend and posting reports top prospects. Tomorrow they will have more skill sessions in the morning followed by video study and game sessions in the afternoon. There is also a workout with NBA Draft hopefuls Cleanthony Early (Wichita State), Brady Heslip (Baylor), and Scottie Wilbekin (Florida) that the campers will get to see first hand.