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 train before and after school in preparation 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.
Callaway (Callaway, Miss.) senior Malik Newman, the top ranked guard in the ESPN 100.
THE DRILL: Off-Balance, Awkward Layups
THE HOW-TO: “Before every workout I have to make 15 crazy layups. I have to get in the air and do some crazy maneuver with my body; almost like three 7-footers are trying to block my shot. Then, to make it harder, my dad hits me with the pad really hard when I go up. It’s a different kind of drill and it probably looks crazy if you walked into the gym and saw me because I’m making all these adjustments in the air when no one’s there. It works though. Sometimes I can get 15 made in about 18 attempts, but some days my dad hits me too hard and it takes me about 25 or something.”
THE PAY OFF: “In the game it definitely helps you finish in the lane a lot easier. For me, it gives me confidence going into the lane taking a crazy off-balance shot like that. It helps you find the backboard too. That’s why I always finish when I go to the rim in the games because I practice this drill.”
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