How to be a Better Basketball Player

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Chance Haskins, Writer

Playing basketball is not easy. If you work really hard you can get a lot better, and if you do special drills you can get a lot better. If you have the right mindset you can get a lot better. I will share with you the best tips and tricks I have learned/been taught. For years I could not shoot to save my life but I still could not be guarded because I would drive as hard as a could straight to the hoop and hustle harder than everyone else. As I did this, I slowly got better. I would avoid charges, move the ball in the air to get open layups, play passing lanes, and hit people as the defense collapsed. I evolved all this because I had a mindset of “look me in my eyes… I’m winning.”-tee grizzly. The second biggest thing you can do is be smart about it. Study the game. Not like watching it, watching what happens off the ball, watching how they set screens, how they get open, how they get rebounds, what their stance is. All these will help you be smarter but, the best one is knowing what to do in certain situations. You can learn that from just playing basketball against your friends not messing around. Play seriously. The final thing you can do to get better is practice. Have a specific workout and get 100 shots to go in every day but do it with good form (watch youtube videos on it.) I wake up at 7:30 practice, go to school practice during lunch and after school, and at my basketball practice. That is for 4 hours. You have to want it. Try these things you will get you so much better. Lastly, join a team so this practice does not get wasted. You will probably be on the worst teams or just not play but, you will get better. I recommend joining the Arctic Seagulls 4th-8th pioneer park 4-6 at 5-7 and 7th-8th at 7-9.