Having played for and coached under legendary college basketball coach  Rollie Massimino , Torrey Pines (Calif.) High School coach  John Olive  had the opportunity to learn from the best. A four-year starter at Villanova University under Massimino, Olive played a year-and-a-half...

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Having played for and coached under legendary college basketball coach  Rollie Massimino , Torrey Pines (Calif.) High School coach  John Olive  had the opportunity to learn from the best. A four-year starter at Villanova University under Massimino, Olive played a year-and-a-half...

  • Author:
    Jeff Haefner
  • Date:
    Dec 18, 2014

As a basketball coach, your players will take on your values. If you do not value passing in your practices, they will not value passing in their games. Here are six tips to improve your team's passing and reduce turnovers in the process: 1. Drills to Build Speed and Strength Using two-ball passing...

Having played for and coached under legendary college basketball coach Rollie Massimino , Torrey Pines (Calif.) High School coach John Olive had the opportunity to learn from the best. But it wasn’t anything specific that Massimino imparted. “I don’t even think it was advice, it...

Having played for and coached under legendary college basketball coach  Rollie Massimino , Torrey Pines (Calif.) High School coach  John Olive  had the opportunity to learn from the best. A four-year starter at Villanova University under Massimino, Olive played a year-and-a-half...

  • Author:
    Jeff Haefner
  • Date:
    Dec 18, 2014

As a basketball coach, your players will take on your values. If you do not value passing in your practices, they will not value passing in their games. Here are six tips to improve your team's passing and reduce turnovers in the process: 1. Drills to Build Speed and Strength Using two-ball passing...

After helping USA Basketball win the 2014 Nike Hoop Summit and capture the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA Americas U18 Championship Justise Winslow is currently playing his freshman season at Duke University (where he is teaming up with former USA Basketball teammates Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor). Even for an elite player such as Winslow, success is never guaranteed. Winslow first tried out at USA Basketball for the U16 team a few years ago, but he didn't make that squad. The experience, he says, made him work even harder. Here's what he had to say about his basketball journey and what he's learned.

Having played for and coached under legendary college basketball coach Rollie Massimino , Torrey Pines (Calif.) High School coach John Olive had the opportunity to learn from the best. But it wasn’t anything specific that Massimino imparted. “I don’t even think it was advice, it...

Entering her 12 th  season as the girls basketball head coach at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh , Dori Oldaker also is a veteran USA Basketball coach. Most recently, she led the U.S. Youth Olympic Women’s Basketball Team to a gold medal in the 3x3 competition at the 2014 Youth...

  • Author:
    By Steph Wood
  • Date:
    Dec 11, 2014

Defense is 90 percent heart and 10 percent skill, and your success is determined by your will and commitment to the task. That being said, there are a few teaching points to remember when playing perimeter defense on the ball: Stay Low Remember to begin with your shoulders lower than the person you...

Western Pennsylvania is generally considered football country, but don’t tell that to Dori Oldaker . Entering her 12 th season as the girls basketball head coach at Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, Oldaker has always been all about hoops. “It’s what we did,” said...

Former NBA player  Cory Alexander , who now coaches an AAU team in the Washington, D.C., area, has been involved with USA Basketball as both a player and coach. Alexander, who was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 1995 and played seven seasons in the NBA, won gold as a member of 1993 USA U21...

  • Date:
    Dec 4, 2014

You are advancing the ball with a dribble toward your basket. The two teammates ahead of you are not open. As you approach the center line, a defender is waiting for you. What should you do? Drive by, like a hot knife through butter, and create a three-on-two situation. How? Step 1: Drive directly...

"Basketball has given me the opportunity to make myself a better person," says Caleb Swanigan, a gold medalist with the 2014 USA U17 World Championship Team. The senior from Homestead High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has already had a few interesting twists along his basketball journey, and he talks about them here.