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August 19, 2012

Maggy: Shot Check & Notes

Maggy:  Shot Check & Notes

Maggy’s shot has improved a great deal over the past year.  The images below are marked up quite a bit with notes underneath.  These mark-ups have been helpful for David and Jamal.  We think it’s good for kids to read through notes on other players and see their photos just so that we aren’t as hard on ourselves.  The shot process takes years and regular evaluation.  The goal is to video tape Maggy at the end of grade 8, when she has more body weight and better alignment.  Maggy is a great, smooth, light athlete who is on her way to being a fine shooter and player.

#1 and #2:  The shoulder’s are not level, which is the residual effects of pushing the ball for years (very common if not the norm for girls under grades 6-7).  Second is the issue of low point of release, which appears in #3.

THE FIX:   Level your shoulders and get back into a more seated position.  You’ll see the yellow line under the X in 3.  This shows knees far past your toes, when your knees should be over your toes and even better, over your mid-foot with your butt back.  Again, it’s the leaning tendency that Ash and Del have as well – you’re pushing the ball up.  It’s counterintuitive for me to tell you to sit back when you know that what you want is ahead, in front and up and over you.  You just have to trust the POWER position will get that ball up and over a defender and it will give you the proper arc.  The leaning position gives you a higher chance of hitting back rim hard and it bouncing back.

#4:  This again shows how athletic and light you are when you shoot.  I do think you’re going to be one of those very smooth shooters (JJ REDICK) who can go 100 percent speed full-court, stop on dime and elevate in a perfectly vertical shot without jumping forward.  I would suggest you try this type of full sprint in an open field, while you’re conditioning, and then pull up to get this body control and perfect shooting hand and guide hand placement.  The Xs on this shot are marked to show those flaws.  The balance is good, but the focus – your eyes – is vested in whether you make it or not (understandable, it’s a game).  When you practice, you want your head to focus on FORM so that in the game, your head will automatically search for that perfect form – it will prioritize if you keep engraining this in your mind as a priority when you shoot your practice sets.

LASTLY, playing notes from pick-up.  My biggest concern is that on the fast break, you are really looking to only shoot jumpers – from the top or the wing.  You need to fight for the layup – remember you WANT to get fouled because you can go to the line and you can get better players on the bench).  If you don’t get the layup, run the baseline, pop out the other side and you will find the defense loses you on the reversal and you have your comfortable 10-15 footer in the corner.

DEFENSIVELY, as we discussed, you’re sleeping on help side D, which is causing major problems when the ball goes up.  You’re getting pushed under or you’re letting your player get the ball.  You need to be more active on the weakside and thinking more about defense off the ball.  I can see your intensity when your player has the ball.  I  can see your intensity when your team gets the ball (you are a scorer – this is good), but I need to see more of that focus – a strategic thinker who is taking in a lot of info, thinking a play ahead, etc., finding an angle, seeing a reversal, setting up a ball reversal for another player, etc.  It’s a lot, I know, but this is what great athletes, great musicians do – they take in a lot of info, process it fast and react in a way that puts them in a great position to succeed.  Playing pick-up vs. boys is extremely helpful in this information-gathering process – you learn how to read players who are faster, stronger, etc.  You’ll even soon be able to read their faces, body language, etc. and know what they’re going to do.