"My best skill was that I was coachable. I was a sponge, and aggressive to learn." -Michael Jordan
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I came across this the other day. It's a brief interview, NBC Camps, did with Whitworth University head men's basketball coach, Matt Logie, who happens to be an old friend from my days in the Patriot League. Since taking over the Spokane-based NCAA Division III program, Coach Logie has lead his teams to five Northwest Conference (NWC) regular season and conference tournament championships. He's been named NWC Coach-of-the Year three times in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Obviously, Matt knows a thing or two about coaching, player development, and what it takes to get to the next level. Please read.
Q: Generally, what are the top three skills young players should work on to improve their skills so they are prepared to pursue basketball at the college level?
A: A lot of what I see out there is that everything seems to overemphasize developing athleticism. Obviously, we want athletes to be maximizing their full athletic potential, but a trainer is not going to be able to alter your God-given build and natural talents. In the long run, it is far more important for you to focus on improving your skill set. “The things I would want my son working on, as he becomes a middle school and high school athlete, would be things that are more foundational: 1) shooting, 2) footwork, and then 3) overall understanding and vision for the whole game and the whole court, not just yourself. Those three things, if done at a high level, are going to almost guarantee that you have a chance to play at the college level.
You can read the entire Q&A HERE.