- There are some great coaches in college basketball. They recruit, teach, counsel and guide young men and women using the disciplines and strategies of the sport to enhance the student athletes’ lives. They are organized And disciplined in their approach to the most important aspects of the game that it’s obvious why they are successful. Like in any other profession, there are those that struggle and most of those struggles can be attributed to a fundamental lack of understanding. There’s such a gap in the two groups that leads to questions about just how some are vetted to fill those coaching jobs. Recruiting is HUGE!! Understanding what separates the major level players from the Mid-level and Low-level players is incredibly important to not only college coaches but to the HS coaches, Players and parents. The difference between the categorizing of player’s levels can be so subtle that it simply lies in their height. What I find hilarious is when a low D1 coach over critiques a “PG” that controls tempo; directs offense; pressures the ball defensively and gets to the bucket by stating: “ I’d like to see him/her with a more consist outside shot”... the response to that coach is: “if they had that skill with all those other attributes, you couldn’t get them! They’d be above your level”. Then, you look at their rosters and see no players that would accent that type of player anyway. Lack of understanding.
by Anonymous Coach
When I first started playing ball, I was always in love with the game. From making baskets out of paper and tape, then hangers, getting the courts that stick on the wall and watching basketball and copying every player I liked.
I remember, Ice Man, Bobby Jones, Dr. J, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird being my early teachers. I copied them all at home in my room, but, we played more football than anything in my hood. You could play football all year around in any weather, that's why I spent so much time making courts and shooting hoops in my room. Aiming at those small targets with tape over paper for balls, is how I mastered the art of shooting. I could hit a jumper from across the room in a 4inch cylander, for a hoop.
I fell in love with the game early. Today at the graceful age of 46, I still love the game. I protect it, I'm critical of it. I imagine the game and when I go to the gym, I always have something in mind that I want to share. I always go to the gym wanting to teach and share something with players. But that passion is my curse. I'm guilty because of my love for the game. It's not appreciated, always taken for granted and over shadowed by the glitter and shine.
My passion is unmatched by my players, parents, my opponents. Nobody has the passion for the game that I have and I'm guilty for it. My passion is my fault. My passion drives my organization. Because when you love something so much, that's where your time, your thoughts and your attention goes. I'm here for the game. I'm here because I love it. I live for it. Because of that I am guilty of my passion.
But this is not an apology.
I just want to be around passionate lovers of the game. I want to be around those who love the game, have the passion, and that's why they play and support it. No other reason. Not for scholarships, not because their parents want them to play, not for rankings, not for Championships, not for gear, social media likes, popularity, or for what everyone else plays for. I want to be around those who will do whatever it takes to get better because they just love the game. Not the outsides, the insides the politics, or the hoopla, just love the game. I'm here for the game, meet me here.
Those who play for the love are the most successful in the game. A lot of people play for other reasons which is there choice, but I am guilty for my passion because I love the game. The passionate ones and lovers of the game, get the scholarships, get the opportunities, put themselves in position to be successful. Do the work to better themselves which will make them a better teammate. Want to grow, have fun and enjoy their growth. The game is always fun when you're good. That's the passion of the game, "I want to be good." That should be the only goal and worry.
Getting good is fun! You see the fruits of your labor when you're passionate about the game. Passion can also be mistaken for an excuse. Attitudes and anger usually. But the game knows who love it. You get out what you put in. You love it, it'll love you back.
My passion never sleeps.
Girls, it's been an amazing year and a lot of fun. The year didn't end the way we wanted it to, but with so many injuries and players out, we remained strong throughout. What we have is special and we proved it every time we stepped on the court. We didn't lose any games, we learned about ourselves. We have the most talented team in this country. but we can't settle for that, because talent ain't enough. With all the success comes a ton of dislike and you all felt that a long the way.
Our weakness was our durability and strength at the end of tournaments. We swept through pools and we've won a lot Chips, but came up short in a few big ones because we couldn't endure. But just think, we've never lost with a full roster, and even without we've won so many times, but this last test was our greatest. Without half of our team, we stepped up and competed and didn't miss a beat. It says a lot about the character of our team and who we are.
I am so blessed to be able to lead such a special group of young ladies. You all are beautiful, wonderful, intelligent, intriguing and flat out funny! I am honored to have gained your trust and friendship. It makes my job a lot easier. I cherish the relationships
I am already ahead of the game and planning for next spring since you all will be attending high school this fall. We will still get together on Sundays (some coaches won't like it), but in this game of basketball, confidence is everything, and some of these coaches and teammates will try and break yours down. But
#F✊🏾MILY is here to a recharge it. We will continue to recharge each other and support each other.
Colleges know about you guys and are excited for these high school years to see you grow physically, mentally as players and young adults. Represent your families names and have faith in God that everything will work out according to his plans. We're not chasing D1, we're chasing greatness and recruiters will be following us! Just think that we're going to be better next season than we were this season... That's scary!!!!!!
Remember also that we are blessed. We have a group of parents who are leaders and great role models who are down and willing to do what it takes for us to succeed. That can't go unnoticed and each of you need to thank your parents for this run that will only get better. #OurparentsRock!!!
But i will end it with this, thanks again for trusting me, believing in me and giving me the greatest coaching experience ever!! This one has me hungry and ready to better myself and even separate myself from the field. Remember that #WeBall #TrustTheProcess and #F✊🏾MILY are not just hashtags, but its our lifestyle, and i love you guys from the bottom of my heart!!! Go and kill High School and i will support the best that I can.
"For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack!"
Coach Lonnie Prime L Train Bald-Head Harrell
Today I became a part of a brotherhood! I am a honorary member of the #MadeMan organization. 100 male philanthropist, were honored tonight and being a part of this group was an amazing experience. So many successful black men whom I've never met before (I knew a few), to be in this room was an eye opener on the possibilities to build and strengthen my network. Being a kid from Southeast D.C, I wasn't supposed to be in that room with the cards I was dealt. But by God's grace and a little faith, I was two feet down and being honored. There are some things that God can do that men can't!
The start of it all. The development and the troubles that lit the light bulb and started the faith and character building.
One reason I was successful at playing basketball was because I made the game my own. I played it how I wanted to play it. Once I learned the fundamentals, I was able to manipulate the game. I gained IQ and learned how to manipulate opponents. I learned to be deceptive, I learned to make defenders puppets.
"...I've never played a game that I didn't get double teamed on any level!"