From Michael Jordan’s obsession with rocking North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls shorts during games to Serena Williams’ need to bounce the tennis ball five times before her first serve, athletes have long been believers that superstitions give them the added edge they need to get in the zone before games.
Every week we’ll take a look at some of the wackiest superstitions athletes and coaches from around the country implement. This week we caught up with Rockwall (Rockwall, Texas) sophomore shooting guard Austin Grandstaff.
The Superstition: Pregame zone-out
The Breakdown: “I just sit somewhere quiet and close my eyes and kinda just meditate on what I’ve got to do in the game. Everyone thinks that I’m asleep, but I’m really just sitting there envisioning what I want to do.”
The Why: “I’m always really nervous before I play in games so when I sit down and just take that time to zone-out it really helps to calm me down. It relaxes me and that really helps me play better.”
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