July was different for me. It was the first year in a long time I didn't get to attend Snow Valley. Instead I spoke at the USA Coaching Academy in Las Vegas, Nevada. I will be speaking in August in Cleveland and would encourage you to make one of the three left this year or definitely plan on making one next year.
Here are a few things I learned this past July.
- Frank Martin is a real guy. Like a Guy's Guy. Smart. Passionate and can relate to anyone.
- Vegas is hot. Don't let them say "Dry Heat" is different. 115 is 115 regardless.
- Don't let people say that NBA guys don't play hard. They compete and are amazing at what they do. Best of the Best.
- Jay Wright is a great communicator. He is also a great ambassador for the game. He left the National Team practice, hopped in a car for a 30 minute drive to speak at the Academy. The National Champs' Coach didn't have to. Recruiting was taking place but he did it. Earned a lot of respect from the Coaches in attendance.
- Coaches want to learn. There were Coaches from the youth level to small College present.
- USA Basketball has a vision that I wish everyone would adopt.
- Matt King's statement "Stop Selling Elite" has really stuck with me as we look to change our youth program.
- As bad as the culture of our game in the summer seems, It's not that bad. The "AAU Bingo" types are out there but there is a growing number of people that want to change it.
- Danielle Viglione is brilliant. She is an outstanding teacher of the game
- Rob Brost can flat out teach and coach.
- Chris Holtmann is a Coach that if you don't already keep up with, you should.
Those are just a few thoughts from an incredible month of basketball for me. School starts here tomorrow so it's back at it.