With the 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.
Trinity Christian (Fayetteville, N.C.) point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who is rated No. 1 among point guards in the 247 Sports 2016 rankings.
The Drill: Plastic Bag Handles
The How-To: “I actually got this one from reading that Kyrie Irving did it, but basically you put your basketball in a plastic bag and tie it up. Then I go outside and dribble on the concrete for an hour doing all of the different crossovers and stuff. Anything that I’d do in a game with the ball I try and do a bunch of times in that hour. I make myself do it perfect. You’ve really gotta concentrate when you do it too.”
The Pay Off: “It really helps you to control the ball better. I know it sounds crazy, but having that plastic up there helps your hands stick a little better and when you take the plastic off in practice and in games it feels even easier than with the bag on it. It’s almost like a mind thing, but it’s training you to control the ball better. I can definitely say that my handles have improved a lot since I’ve been doing this drill.”
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