Sharman White is the head boys’ basketball coach at Miller Grove (Lithonia, Ga.) where he has won five-straight Class AAAAA state titles. That dominance prompted White’s former McDonald’s All-American forward Tony Parker, now a sophomore at UCLA, to give White the nickname “Elvis. Because he’s the greatest.” This season White’s Wolverines opened with a familiar target, checking in at No. 24 in the USA Today HSS Super 25. White has agreed to give USA TODAY HSS exclusive access into his world by chronicling everything from intimate details about his team to his methods to his everyday life in a monthly blog.
Welcome back for another installment of my blog.
Since I last spoke to you, the basketball season has picked up full speed and it couldn’t be at a better time. We were successful in our first game action this season by defeating nationally-ranked and defending AAAAAA State Champion Norcross. Although we were victorious on the scoreboard, we gained more from the match-up by seeing what areas we needed to improve in.
We shot miserably from the free-throw line and had quite a few turnovers that were unforced for the most part.
As we move along in practice, we have put in nearly all of our offensive and defensive packages for this point in the season and are using our practice to “sharpen” our attack. Practices have been competitive and packed with energy, so hopefully we can transfer that to our upcoming games as we face two state powers in Buford and Peachtree Ridge.
Aside from the action on the hardwood, it has been an eventful week. I had the honor of being a guest speaker for a close coaching colleague and friend of mine Ryan Dyer of North Paulding High School.
With the players, coaches, parents, and administrators of the school I was able to share my knowledge about the “Evolution Of A Champion” which is my detailed personal journey to becoming a champion. I noted several points about the process of being a champion that included points of how champions have to believe even when everyone else is doubting and how champions respond to adversity.
Speaking has been something that I have had the pleasure of doing over the last few years as I have also been fortunate to speak at several coaching clinics including the Nike Basketball Coaching Clinics.
Maybe when my coaching days are over, which I hope is a long time from now, speaking is the arena I will take my basketball talents to.
We also had one of our top returning seniors, Keith Pinckney sign his National Letter Of Intent to continue his academic and basketball career at Tulane University. This is a great accomplishment for Keith as he has been a class act on and off the court.
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, remember that if you’re not thankful for what you have, you’re not going to be thankful for what you are going to have.
Stay grounded and give thanks!
White’s Message: “Feedback and constructive criticism is the breakfast of champions… #EatWell”
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