Versatility to the Nth degree

As high school state champions are decided and college basketball coaches are looking to finalize their recruiting classes or get a jump on future ones, each program has certain criteria that they are looking for.

There are many factors that go into a scholarship offer: character, academic success, effort level, intensity, fundamentals (shooting/dribbling/passing), athleticism (size/speed), and basketball I.Q. are all factors that sway coaches decisions.

For us one huge key is versatility, that is, student-athletes who can do multiple things, with both hands on both sides of the floor. Essentially we look for players that look to improve on a broad spectrum and do not limit themselves.

So just imagine if a player had 20ft range from both sides of the floor with BOTH hands?


Maybe, but current MLBer, Pat Venditte, may disagree:



It is clear that Venditte’s story is a “once every hundred years” kind, but what if basketball players looked at his example of versatility and applied it to their game?

For instance, if a player worked on their jump shot with both hands and were just as effective from the field with both, this could pose real problems for opposing defenses. Coaches would be able to teach inside footwork coming off of screening action and because the offensive player could use both hands to shoot, the shooting hand of the offensive player would always be the hand that was furthest from the defender, limiting the defense’s effectiveness. This could lead to a high shooting percentage or a higher rate of getting to the free throw line due to the defender chasing down the offensive player from the weak side shoulder.

Tough to realize? For certain.

Impossible? No way.

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