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Hugh Coleman a true teacher
posted 12/13/2018

Hugh Coleman a true teacher

Many Rising Star players are familiar with Hugh Coleman, who has coached at Rising Star camps and clinics for years. Now, thanks to a recent article in The Boston Globe, Coleman is being recognized for the many lives he has touched in his career.

Coleman, a former player and assistant coach at Charlestown High under legendary coach Jack O'Brien, took over this season as Charlestown's head coach after a very successful stint at Brighton High School. In nine years at Brighton, Coleman led the team to two state championships (the first in school history) and three Boston City League titles.

The Dean of Students at South Boston, Coleman demands much from his players, on and off the court.

"When I went to Brighton, I had a clear vision," Coleman told the Globe. "It wasn't just about basketball. It was about the boys' characters and holding them to a high standard, as people and students. After that, basketball came third.

"In order to be successful you have to work on all three things, and all three feed into each other."

To read the entire article, click here.

Rising Star congratulates Coach Coleman on his new position and looks forward to having him return to coach at Rising Star for many years to come.

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'Playing' defense
by Kevin O'Brien posted 12/09/2018

Are you 'on defense' or 'playing defense'?

At RISING STAR  we talk about the importance of defensive stance and the “cable system.” Note the defensive player in an excellent stance with great balance, proper hand and foot placement and the distance he is from the offensive player, an arm’s-plus length. This spacing is critical in containing the offensive player from advancing to the basket. Players at every level have difficulty in doing this.

The importance of defense can not be understated at every level of basketball.

The positive effects of a good defensive player and team results in winning. Too often players enter their high school and even their college years unprepared, or worse not committed to being an accomplished defensive player. A great defensive player is invaluable to their team.
1. DESIRE: Much can be accomplished if you want it more than your opponent
2. STANCE: Our cable system demands a low stance with great balance and proper hand/feet position
3. VISION: Play the ball/see your man
4. POSITION: Proper spacing on the ball -- pressure the ball or be in proper help position
5. ANTICIPATION: Constant movement of the feet
6. REBOUND!: It marks the end of a successful defensive set

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Coaching youth basketball
by Webmaster posted 11/26/2018

Coaching the right way!

In the video below, former NBA coach Stan Van Gundy addresses the primary problem with youth basketball today -- namely that too many coaches prioritize winning games over skill development. At Rising Star, we focus on developing players to reach their potential.

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Body to body
by Kevin O'Brien posted 04/16/2018

Body to body

Attendees of Rising Star will often hear us encouraging a "body-to-body" approach to going to the basket. This applies to all one-on-one moves, including ballhandling and off the catch. You are trying to get an advantage with your first step to the hoop. In the picture above, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving demonstrates the exact way to maximize your effectiveness going to the basket.

  • Put your shoulder as close to the defender's hip as possible.
  • This puts you in a direct line to the basket.
  • By putting the defender on your side it allows for a clear window (opening) to score of draw the defense and pass to an open teammate.
  • It gives your body momentum going forward and on balance.
  • 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 often will be off-balance, resulting in a missed shot or layup.
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