Friday, June 29, 2012
As I travel around the country and work out with the best of the best from the High School, College, and NBA levels, I am continually reminded of what these players have in common that makes them great:
• they want to get better
• they want to know everything they can that will help them become a better basketball player
• they are committed to improvement of their bodies and their game
• they are very serious about the game every time they hit the floor
• they want to be coached
The best example I can give you is Kobe Bryant. He once told me that he does not work out any more…he now blacks out. He said that a workout just isn't enough anymore if he's going to stay on top of his game and take on all the players he knows are going to challenge him. He said he has to go beyond what all other players are doing. He took his to a higher level. He took his to black out status!
Sunday, June 24, 2012
She expressed too many players are waiting until "tomorrow" to get working. Champions feel like their is an "urgency to get better."
She said for ND "next year starts the day after our last game of last season."
8 girls who played regularly last year
2 girls who dressed but did not play for the varsity
1 new junior
1 new soph
1 new freshmen player
Since the beginning of the summer, we have added one more freshmen to the mix so we have 14 players playing with the varsity.
The varsity team "lost" their first game to Minooka in OT. I say "lost" because with us up by 6 in first half, the scorekeeper switched us from being red to being green on the board. So we immediately went from 6 up to 6 down, a 12 point swing. We fought back and tied the game, got a last shot but did not convert. We then lost in OT.
In the last game we won by 12 vs somebody- they switched games I don't know who we played.
We got on the road by 11:15 central time and made it back to Galesburg a little before 4pm.
Saturday, June 23, 2012
This morning the Galesburg #2 team started out w a tough 2-3 point loss to Andrew. At 9am the varsity played Buffalo Grove. After the intense game last night we came out flat defensively and could not buy a shot. We were about 4 for 35 for threes. We battled and came back. We had the with the score tied, with 11 seconds left I took a time out just as Sharron made a basket. After the time out we failed to get a shot off. We went on to win in overtime.
Friday, June 22, 2012
After about 3 tries and 45 minutes, we made the ten minute drive to registration. I had been forewarned it was chaotic. I would agree. We did not have to wait really long but it did not have organized steps one would expect. Getting into the dorms was complicated. The ND campus evidently normally does not allow traffic. So they ushered us on campus then right off.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
|In the Kohl Center.|
We got to Madison so we had time to go to State Street before registration. Steve Bryant used the time to make sure to hit his favorite, State Street Brat House for a brat before the game. Coach Allison and I took in the Union patty and enjoyed the view of the lake.
We had a challenging but good first day at Wisconsin Camp. We lost to Palatine Fremd by 1 but had ball with chance to win. We beat Grayslake by 20, then lost to Adams-Friendship by 7. It was actually surprising we were as close in our losses as we were. We did not shoot well in either game. In the last game we missed 12 three pointers in a row.
Friday, June 15, 2012
There were a total of 39 games played on the evening. There were a total of 43 different teams playing games ranging from junior high age up thru varsity teams. Teams from East Moline, Sterling, Geneseo, Morton, Peoria Central, and many area teams.
What does a night like that mean for Galesburg girls basketball?
At this point, no rosters are set in stone, but summer activities -— camp and league — for the possible members of the Galesburg High School freshmen, sophomore and varsity girls basketball teams began last week in preparation for the upcoming season.
Girls who will be in the second grade through the junior high level have also been participating in a summer camp with just the junior high level players also playing in a summer league.
The camps end today, but the leagues, which mostly take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, run through July 6.
On the varsity level, two freshmen, two sophomores, four juniors and six seniors have been taking part in the activities.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
I actually had lunch in the same diner Lou was having lunch in the 1980's. We were in Mt. Carroll and Lou was at a table across the room. I believe he had some family connections or early career experiences in Milledgeville.
If I had been at the Landmark today, I would have just shouted out- "Bo Knows Basketball!!" And Sarah would have been embarrassed about me like always.
Jay Redfern's story on the visit----
Saturday- 10:00am- Leave from GHS
2:00pm- Arrive Madison with time to shop t-shirts & absorb UW
6:00pm- vs. Team Wisconsin (good AAU team) in Practice Facility- Ct 1
8:00pm- vs. Adams-Friendship in Practice Facility- Ct 3
Sunday- 10:00am- vs. New Trier (preview of regular season game) in Practice Facility- Ct 3
Noon- vs. Maine South (preview of another regular season game vs. 6'4" all-stater)- Prac Ct 3
1:00pm- vs. New Berlin West- Kohl Center (America's #1 college arena!)
6:30pm- Arrive Galesburg
Bring sweatshirts- the Kohl Center is air conditioned and VERY cold.
Gordon's books are interesting reads for athletes, leaders, and business people. He delivers his message through a fiction story. So you have the motivational messages unfold within the story lines. In Training Camp, Gordon talks about 11 traits of the "best of the best."
1- Kevin Garnett- seeming to put in cheap shots on a regular basis.
2- Dwayne Wade- flopping whenever he could and chirping at the refs constantly.
3- Garnett and Wade leaving the floor after the last game.
4- LeBron James- riding teammates whenever a mistake was made and just his general "Hollywood" behavior.
What offended you the most?
Saturday, June 9, 2012
It was interesting a star player from another school was looking at the "system" shirts, and then proceeded to make sarcastic, negative comments about the "system."