Why Basics Players Excel


The Middle School Boys ages and grades (6th-8th) represent the single largest category of players both with Basics and in youth basketball.  There’s good reason for this-middle school and high school basketball IS COMPETITIVE and the kids who make teams must have sharp, repeatable, competitive habits and skills.


Whether your child is on the bubble of making the team or the BEST PLAYER, Basics training will help each and every player IMPROVE.  See statistics below.



There are numerous avenues of development young players may choose to help achieve their goals.  These goals may range from making their middle school team to playing professional basketball. Basics is one of many entities providing such an opportunity.  While Basics is not the only way, we have provided significant development for many of our participants and aided in helping them reach their potential.  To date (2018) Basics has 102 program graduates playing in college, including 11 at the D-1 level.  Pictured below are 3 AP Michigan High School Players of the Year, all Basics graduates.


L-R: Cole (U of M), Bruinsma (U of Detroit), Richards (Cornerstone)


The majority of these players came through Basics IBLs, skills training, summer camps, private training and our Basics teams.  Below are bullet points why this approach will help your son or daughter reach their potential.


  • Many players are forced to compete in leagues and games BEFORE they possess modest skills, let alone sharp skills.
  • Players who compete without sharp skills have no chance to succeed.  These skills are NOT developed in games but in practice with MANY repetitions.
  • Games are nothing more than a benchmark of skill.
  • Basics focuses on SKILLS FIRST and then competition.  We MEASURE the players’ progress.
  • When we do compete, the training continues.  There is NO BETTER TIME to learn than during competition.
  • This approach accelerates the learning curve and in large part explains why many Basics players JUMP AHEAD to higher levels of competition.  See stats below.
  • A Basics practice:  4:00 Minute clip.  Why our players excel
  • Sample Skill Drill (Older players only)-Keep the Ball UP when shooting


Player Stats from 2006-2018

  • 94% made school teams


And since 2012,

  • 54 Freshmen called up to Varsity
  • 78 Freshmen called up to JV
  • 91 sophomores called up to Varsity
  • Younger players achieving at HIGHER levels because of SHARPER SKILLS, MENTAL TOUGHNESS and CONDITIONING.
  • Listen to Basics Podcast on LEAGUE FATIGUE and CONFIDENCE


Outcomes rarely matter.  We compete and teach.  The players improve.  They actually have NO CHOICE but to improve.  Players 15, 16, 17 years of age and younger can ALL IMPROVE with dedicated, capable training and LOTS OF REPETITION.  This is who we are.


Coach Wooden has a blissfully simple yet devastatingly accurate line as it applies to competitiveness:  “Never mistake ACTIVITY for ACHIEVEMENT.”   Parents-do NOT equate competitive growth with competition.  Without sharp, repeatable skills, competition IMPEDES competitive growth.


Call Coach McGannon with any questions.   616 402-1600