Attendees of RISING STAR will often hear us encouraging a BODY TO BODY approach to going to basket. This applies to all "one on one" moves including ballhandling and off of catch. You are trying to get an advantage with your "first step" to the hoop. Picture of Cleveland Cavalier and USA Olympic star Kyrie Irving demonstrates exact way to maximize your effectiveness going to the basket.
1. Put your shoulder to as close to the defender's hip as possible
2 This puts you in a direct line to the basket
3. By putting the defender on your side it allows for a clear window (opening) to score or draw defense and pass to open player
4. It puts your body in momentum going forward and on balance.
5 The vast majority of high school and college players avoid the contact and go around the defender.
This gives the defense room to recover and eliminates any advantage of a good initial move. By going around the defender the offensive player will often be off balance resulting in missed shot or lay up.
Importance of developing fundamentals in Youth Basketball
Stan Van Gundy Head Coach Detroit Pistons
You could almost grab any group of kids with average athleticism, play a 1-3-1 half court trap, work on lay ups and offensive rebounding, and you'll win a high percentage of your games against similar competition. I can guarantee that. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out and it doesn't take a good coach to do that. I can also guarantee that they won't develop the necessary basketball skills to be successful at the higher levels. I can't count the number of players that I've coached at the high school level that lacked the necessary basketball fundamentals and struggled to pivot, dribble, pass, and shoot. Not to mention, all of the terrible defensive habits players learned by using poor defensive fundamentals (swarming the ball, constantly lunging out of position) that allowed them to force turnovers, but won't work at the higher levels.
"Fundamentals are the cornerstone of any successful player and successful program and nothing beats the instruction at RISING STAR. Coach O'Brien is committed to each and every player that attends his camps and wants to make sure that each player leaves with the knowledge and the tools to take his/her game to the next level. Coach O'Brien's attention to detail is without parallel."
Rich Cormier Former Head Coach at Norwood High School
"In the basketball camp world, RISING STAR is unparalleled in regard to teaching the game. Fundamentals have seemingly been forgotten in the modern day of basketball pedagory. RISING STAR provides master teaching of the fundamental skills of ball handling, shooting and passing. RISING STAR blends intensity with fun, hard work and sportsmanship.For aspiring players, there is no finer atmosphere in which to learn how to play the game of basketball."
Mike Herring Former Head Coach Nobles and Greenough
"I HAVE BEEN IN THE COACHING PROFESSION FOR OVER 30 YEARS AND THE RISING STAR BASKETBALL SCHOOL IS THE BEST TEACHING CAMP I HAVE COME ACROSS. IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE WANTS TO BECOME A BETTER BASKETBALL PLAYER, IT IS THE PLACE FOR YOU. MY SON AND DAUGHTERS ALL HAVE ATTENDED AND ARE BETTER BASKETBALL PLAYERS BECAUSE OF KEVIN O’BRIEN AND HIS STAFF"
Andy Greer Minnesota Timberwolves
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Bishop Feehan boys basketball coach Matt Freeman began seeing his players attend the Rising Star Basketball School in Mansfield each summer together.
Freeman said he thinks there is no coincidence that over that span of time his Feehan squads have averaged 17 wins a season playing in the Eastern Athletic Conference. “There’s no question that’s a factor,” he said. “The camp is an extension of the work we ask them to do in the offseason.”