Coach Jim McGannon

  • 6’9″, 240 lbs
  • All State, Fairfield (CT) Prep School
  • D-1 at Dartmouth College
  • European player (France), L’Equippe de Blois
  • Founded Basics Sports in 2006




Coach John Wooden led UCLA to 10 NCAA Men’s D-1 basketball championships, including 7 consecutively.  He is considered by many to be the greatest basketball coach of all time, at any level.


Our philosophical approach to the game begins and ends with Coach Wooden’s anthem of helping develop the players to their full potential ON and OFF the court.   The players who attend our instruction receive strong reinforcement with many issues that apply whether they have a ball in their hands or not.  A few examples would be: school is first always, respect for one another, hard work, showing up on time, making eye contact, learning from mistakes, handling disappointment, frustration and defeat, winning and losing with dignity, developing poise and composure, improving listening skills.  These are just a few of the traits that apply to competitive players on and off the court.


Coach McGannon’s coach at Dartmouth College was Gary Walters, the recently retired athletic director at Princeton.  Coach Walters played at Princeton in the 1960’s with Bill Bradley under legendary technician Butch Van BredaKoff (Coach VBK).  Our technical approach to the game mirrors the discipline, work ethic, precise natue of skill development and execution of these skills as taught by Coach Walters.  This Princeton style is embraced by many/most top programs: great conditioning, moving with out the ball, tons of back door cuts, unmatched defensive intensity and a team wide discipline rooted in hard work, sharp skills and team work.

PODCASTS: Much of Basics philosophy is now available via our You Tube Channel (also available on Sound Cloud)

  1. League Fatigue-the practice of expecting players to improve by entering leagues and tournaments.  The old “cart before the horse” story
  2. Normal Improvement-is actually extremely difficult for young players because of the numerous obstacles placed in front of them
  3. Confidence-given 2 players or teams of equal skill, the more confident player or team will win almost EVERY TIME
  4. Try Out Tips: tangible and intangible actions coaches look for
  5. Summer Sanity: there is way, WAY too much organized BB in the summer.  GO TO THE BEACH.

Coach McGannon also played golf at Dartmouth, winning the college golf championship his senior year (The Thomas Keene Cup).  He went on to play for 5 years professionally based in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  Golf lessons are available when the grass is green.  Basics Sports-GOLF page here.