On the dribble and in the park to the bucket, it’s off to school we go…
The dribble-drive is the dominate offensive movement at the top college programs
in the country. So now, who can make a move in less than 2 seconds, get in the lane
and create offense? Some kids stand and dance, that’s AND 1 good, some run and stun, that’s high school to college D-1 better, but the crisco-to-go in 2 seconds or less
is NBA playground best. The 8-0 UCONN Huskies cook like that. They are the number #2 ranked team in America with four guards that have the ability to go at you with speed. Craig Austrie, AJ Price, Jerome Dyson, and Kemba Walker give UCONN the best backcourt depth in America. The dribble-drive style that the program emphasizes is why playground-tested Kemba Walker is looking liking a vet and showing signs of quick NBA readiness. He has the presence of one of my favorite NBA “game-on-the-line finishers” – Ben “Ultra” Gordon. If you watch the highlights of UCONN’s 2004 Semi-Final championship game versus Duke, check the up-tempo playground style of the game and see why Walker is going to thrive in the UCONN system. Read More »
While watching former St. Anthony’s standout Tyshawn Taylor, (first playground experience was with Dyckman/Jim Couch Foundation in the Holcombe Rucker Memorial League) start as a freshman at Kansas, I grouped him as a player who could excel as an All-Surface Performer. He possesses the killer speed and sudden stops to dead defender’s legs, the bungees to go over the 6′8″ or better big man, and the jumper to deal with the uneven elements that the outdoor game brings. Combine that with the killer disposition to recover from the back-and-forth, one-on-one challenge the playground presents, and you get a player who has the ability to excel on the All-Surface level (Grassroots/High School, College and Playground).
Playground ability is a gift that many players who are NBA pros don’t possess. The list down below presents 10 that are All-Surface types. They have the ability to play in the NBA and come through on the asphalt to produce the “spillout” that we all love to talk about. A few names are surprising. Read More »