The biggest mistakes college coaches are making

I don’t envy college coaches.

Recruiting, scouting players, gameplanning . . .

Practice, developing players, keeping everyone happy . . .

It’s a lot to balance.

I spoke with Alex Kline of The Recruit Scoop about some of these challenges.

Alex was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and is respected by players and coaches all over the country.

In this video, we talked about:

  • The challenges players face in making the adjustment to playing in college
  • How college coaches can get their new players adjusted as quickly and comfortably as possible
  • The state of the transfers in college basketball


What it takes to be a good evaluator

Ever wonder what you need to do to develop your evaluation skills?

I spoke with Frank Burlison, a veteran basketball scout credited with discovering players such as James Harden and Russell Westbrook, about his views on evaluating players.

We talked about:

  • What it takes to be a good judge of talent
  • What he looks for in evaluating point guards
  • How to judge a player’s decision-making ability


How to build a winning team without stars

If you’re not the University of Kentucky or the Miami Heat, and you don’t have star players knocking on your door, what can you do?

Putting a system in place that allows you to plug in undervalued players is the key.

I spoke with Grantland’s Brett Koremenos, a fellow spread pick-and-roll connoisseur, about how teams can compete without having elite players.

He’s coached at several levels, including the ABA, and formerly wrote for NBA Playbook as well.

Watch the video below to hear:

  • How teams can compete even without star players
  • Who we think is one of the most underrated point guards in the league
  • How to evaluate a point guard’s ability


How Elite Point Guards Dominate With The Pick-And-Roll

coach nick People ask me for my opinion on point guards more than any other position.

They seem to expect me to just pick out the guys with the coolest dunks or highest assist totals.

Those things matter, but there’s something that’s a lot more crucial.

It’s how they run the most popular play in basketball: the pick-and-roll.

Running it well requires a lot more nuance than just being the quickest or the best ball-handler.

Introducing Coach Nick

To talk about how and why pick-and-roll play sets point guards like Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, and Steph Curry apart from their peers, I spoke with Coach Nick from BBALLBREAKDOWN.