Story by Zack Shaw
To start the day, the Global Squad had five fresh bodies to join the daily training sessions. The morning session consisted of three groups which rotated between three stations. Coach Breslin ran the shooting station, where he focused on the importance of repetition, balance, ball-rotation, and holding the follow through. Coach Alexander worked with the players on handling the basketball through fatigue.
Coach Jenkins, of Washington College, worked the players in the weight-room. This was the first time this years group of Global Squad players got into the weight-room. For many of the older players and returning Global Squad members the weight-room was a familiar place. Most of the younger players were being exposed to high level strength training for the first time. Overall it was very challenging morning. Players were pushed to their limit both physically and mentally, but everyone fought through the fatigue to maximize their time.
Practice consisted of more offensive and defensive repetitions. It was very exciting to see the five new additions to the roster pickup the concepts quickly. There was a bigger emphasis on competition, so almost every drill consisted of set teams playing against one another.
Our evening workouts was teaching the finer points of wing-isolation and 1-on-1 offense from the wing. Each drill began with an “L-Cut” to create space, receive a pass, and learn to score against defenders with a variety of moves. Some of the specific moves included a rip-through, jab step, floaters, pull-up jumpers, and step-back jumpers. Coach Alexander stressed the importance of physicality and efficient movements to create space with limited dribbles.
This 1-on-1 training was finished off with our first contest of camp. Each group of six sent the winning player to the championship. Lawrence Lee, Nick Heffner, Jacob Tala, Jacob Andriola, Yujin Yamamoto, Billy Zhou, and myself all made it to this final round. It was an extremely exciting battle up to the very end. Lawrence Lee took an early lead and seemed poised for the victory. This was until our final contest, Billy Zhou, took the ball. Billy scored on all but one of his attempts with a variety of difficult shots. Each one seemed to be on the edge of dropping out of the basket before falling through. Lawrence Lee guarded Billy on the very last possession. Billy drove hard right, gave a great shot fake, and spun to the left with the game winning finish. It was awesome. Congratulations, Billy!