We are happy to announce the addition of ADVANC3 TRAINING founder Drew Dunlop to our Coaching Staff for the Scorers 1st Combine & Training sessions in advance to our Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas this upcoming July.
“We are looking to provide our participants with more and more value each year. Making sure players get ready for the Showcase plays a huge role and that’s where our Scorers 1st Training & Combine comes in on July 10th and 11th. The players that participate will work with our professional coaching staff during those two days and they will get the opportunity to get better, learn about the pro game from different angles and they will be able to get used to the environment that they will be playing in at the Scorers 1st Showcase on July 12th and 13th when all players look to impress pro coaches, scouts, GMs and agents.
Adding someone like Drew Dunlop with his emphasis on individual player development while also understanding how international basketball works is huge for all players that will be with us in Las Vegas. Knowing that we have Drew and Pete Strobl running the show in Las Vegas when it comes to training is phenomenal.” said Scorers 1st CEO Gerrit Kersten-Thiele about the events prior to the Showcase.
Here is a quick Q&A with Drew Dunlop in advance to our Scorers 1st events in Las Vegas this July:
Q: Your focus is on the individual training side of basketball. What made you decide to pursue training from that angle over coaching a team?
A: After 3 full seasons in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) within the team setting, I decided not to return for the 2014/15 season and instead really focus in on the consulting side. I was fortunate to get presented some consulting opportunities from one of the major agencies in China – Altius Culture. The doors were opened and before I knew it, I was spending months at a time working with individual players both internationally abroad and here in the US during the summer months. In between consulting projects, I began to leverage my network of global contacts and organized camps, clinics, and workouts all with the goal of adding more value to the game we all love.
Q: What are the most important things that a player needs to focus on to get better and when?
A: First off, players at all levels of the game really need to focus in on smaller improvements day by day. Consistent small improvements add up to much bigger scale changes to their skills and abilities. I have to remind my professional players all the time that when you focus in on the process and immerse yourself in it, the growth is huge.
One big separator is the ability to control what you have direct control of. Everyone is working on their skills, everyone is out there on the grind and putting in the work. But few focus in on the things that they have absolute control over — conditioning, attitude, effort, communicating on the court, and positive body language. These all go a long way towards getting opportunities to play at the next level.
From a skills standpoint, I always stress footwork, finishing, ability to handle the ball against pressure, and shooting. If you posses these abilities and can execute them at a high level, then there is playing time for you. It doesn’t matter what league in the world we are talking about, teams and more importantly coaches, are looking for players who have these skill sets!
Finally, players need to focus in on building up their basketball IQ. You can only workout so many hours a day before it turns counterproductive and the body begins to shut down. Film is just as effective and can dramatically build your ability to process reads on the floor. Challenge yourself to find the patterns in the game whether it’s the passing angles, the defensive rotation, or the closeout angle. The final step is taking all of this information and applying it during drills or simulated game actions and competitions.
Q: Where do you see the biggest challenges for players when it comes to figuring how to work on their game during the season?
A: In-season skill work is definitely a tough thing to manage because its all about the carryover effect and maintenance of the skills you developed during the off-season. In-season comes down to balancing enough quality time on your skills to stay game ready but not so much time that it negatively affects your energy going into practice and games. With my clients, I approach in-season skill work the same as I do pre-game workouts — short, intense and quality workouts focused on their offensive spots and shots each player consistently gets during games. Sometimes it’s just as effective to work on a read or shot you struggled with the previous game.
Q: How do you communicate with your players/clients throughout the year when they are with their teams?
A: During the season, my clients will send me game film where I can breakdown some of the things they are doing well and some of the things that they struggled with and create a report to send back to them. From there, we communicate through email or Skype calls to continue to review the material and make a plan on how to correct it game to game. Weekly check-ins really helps manage the overall development to ensure continued progress throughout the entire season.
Q: You will be working with players during the Scorers 1st Combine and at the Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas – what can players expect?
A: Players can expect to receive detailed and high-energy workouts, game strategy and tips on how to navigate the professional basketball market. My goal is to leave players with one or two things that they may not have heard or seen before. I am always humbled to be a part of events like the Scorers 1st Showcase and in turn, I want the players to see me as a resource for them and ask whatever advice and questions they may have.
More background on Drew Dunlop – the founder of ADVANC3 Training:
Drew Dunlop is a Professional Basketball Coach, Consultant, and Founder of ADVANC3 Training LLC. He currently serves as a consultant for the Nike Rise Academy of greater China. His clients include NBA players, overseas professional players, international professional clubs, college players, high school players and AAU teams.
Drew got his start working at ATTACK Athletics in Chicago, IL. He has coached in China’s top men’s professional league, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), for 3 years and his team won a championship in the 2012-13 season. Currently he travels all over the United States and internationally, working with players, directing camps and clinics, as well as consulting with professional men’s teams. Most recently, Drew spent 2 months in Manila as a player development consultant for teams from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). International projects have taken him to eight countries including Turkey, China, Philippines, South Korea and Jordan.