How to Make it to the NBA: A More Realistic Approach

How to Make it to the NBA: A More Realistic Approach


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How to Make it to the NBA: A More Realistic Approach by Brian Banks, Joshua Johnson

"From the playgrounds of America, to the shores of Europe and beyond, the dream to play basketball is alive and well."

For many young players, the dreams of fame and fortune associated with the life of an NBA player can be all consuming. In "How to Make it to the NBA; a more realistic Approach," Brian Banks delivers what his title promises: an in-depth, how-to-look at the realities and rigors of pursuing a career in professional basketball. He makes public the truth that professional basketball is more that just a game - it's big business with a wide range of positions available on and off the court.

This book presents career alternatives to those 99.99% who love the game that for whatever reason, may not make it to the courts. A career in the NBA doesn't always mean a career playing basketball on the courts. As many athletes have proven, it can also be a platform for ministry.

You'll also find valuable lists and contacts that will help you make well-informed decisions about your life and career.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977944514
Publisher: Zoe Life Publishing
Publication date: 10/28/2007
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Brian Banks is an Academic Advisor at the University of Michigan and is very invovled in providing career opportunities and options to young people. He is founder of the Deckard Brown Scholarship. Brian is an usher at New Testament Baptist Church and volunteers at "Meet Me at the Hoop," sponsored by several local churches.

Brian's dedication to promotion of eductional opportunities and Christian values is evident in his newest venture-as founder and President of "The Schoolyard, Inc." The goal of his company is to heighten the awareness of young people to all aspects and opportunities within the world of basketball and how it can be used to make a positive impact in the world.

Table of Contents

A Message from William Davidson, Current Owner of the Pistons and President of Guardian Industries     vi
Preface     1
Introduction     5
Preparation     9
Don't Give Up Your Dream Just Yet     11
Player Positions     14
Defensive Schemes     18
Exercise and Diet     27
Participation     31
Teamwork     33
Get Your Head in the Game     38
Seek and You Just Might Find     39
Non-Athlete Participants     41
Recruiting: Finding Balance in the Hype     42
Divisions in College Basketball     43
Playing Beyond High School     44
College a Career     47
Fast Forward     50
Education     53
Types of Degrees     55
Internships: Trying It On For Size     57
Resumes     59
Cover Letters     62
Careers     64
Psychology of Success     83
Setting Goals: Where It All ReallyBegins     85
Under the Influence     87
Conceive It, Believe It, Achieve It     90
Drive/Determination     92
Little BrotherMentality     93
About the Author     97
Resources     99
Index     113

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William Davidson, Chairman of Palace Sports and Enterntainment & Owner of the Detroit Pistons of the NBA and Detroit Shock of the WNBA

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