With the hoops offseason in full effect, ballers around the country have begun what is widely regarded as one of the most grueling grind modes of the year as they play in different AAU tournaments and showcases and prepare for the up-and-coming season.
Every week we’ll profile an elite player or elite trainer and have them dish on one of their most unorthodox training methods and explain why it’s been so beneficial.
Skills trainer extraordinaire K.P. of Reps on Reps Basketball Training.
THE DRILL: Bagged-Ball Dribbling
THE HOW-TO: “I take a small plastic garbage bag and wrap it around the basketball. I tie a small sturdy knot to make sure the bag doesn’t have an opening. I have guards dribble with this bag over the ball for the first round of ball handling drills. Once we complete one full segment, I strip the ball and we do everything all over without the bag on it.”
THE PAY OFF: “The bag over the ball causes the dribbler to have an inconsistent grip on the ball. Sometimes the ball gets away from the dribbler making him regain control over the ball. That itself is a skill because in the game sometimes it’s about recovering that ball when mistakes are made. This has helped me develop some pretty impressive ball handlers over the years.”
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