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To 17 year old Eric

Congratulations! Today is the start of your senior year of high school basketball. I’m writing you from a few decades future (27 years to be precise), and while I don’t want to ruin all the surprises coming for you, I’d like put a few things in perspective to help you on your way.

Being your senior year, you are going to feel a pressure that comes from thinking this might be the end of your basketball journey. It turns out that this is just the beginning…but you probably wouldn’t even believe me if I told you what comes later, so I won’t go into that.

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Why we fail to produce more truly skilled players.

10,000 hour rule

Becoming an elite player is about developing great habits, and then practice, practice, practicing (10,000 hours) until they become automatic.

The reason most young athletes don’t develop into great players isn’t lack of desire, or talent, or even willingness to put in the necessary practice time…it’s that the way we train players is totally backwards.

Think about it! Young players with little knowledge of the game start “practicing” their skills. In this crucial stage of development, when his initial basketball habits are formed, the player has virtually no idea what really makes the difference between success and failure. Read more