Physical preparation and fitness.  

Coach Wooden as usual sums matters up quickly.  “The 3 keys to winning basketball are CONDITIONING, understanding the Team Concept and mastering the fundamentals of the game.”  It is no accident conditioning comes first.  It doesn’t really matter how great a player’s skills are or how tough they are mentally.  If that kid can not get UP and DOWN the court quickly and constantly, he can not compete at a high level.   Conditioning resides near the TOP of our pyramid for that very reason.