The BST Advanced Preseason Program wrapped up recently. 14 NH players attended the program, and it was a very good tune-up before the season for all.
The players who attended the program were as follows: Vinnie Zenni (Memorial) Edhem Mahmutovic (Memorial) Cormac Fitzpatrick (Memorial), Zach Stevens (Trinity), Silvere Aluko (Trinity), Andrew Lauderdale (Trinity), Mike O'Loughlin (Milford), Greg Leblond (John Stark), Seth Cordts(Souhegan), Jim Tomaswick (Alvirne), John Gardner (Alvirne), Pat Keefe (Hillside Middle School), Dawson Dickson (St. Joseph's Middle School) and Carmen Giampertrucci (St. Joseph's Middle School).
The program consisted of five two hour sessions held at the Sports Zone in Derry. Each session began by focusing on agility drills, conditioning, and core strengthening. These drills were led by Joil Bergeron. The remainder of the workout was made up of basketball drills. For many of these drills, the players were split up into guards and bigs. Many of these drills focused on real-game situations.
On the last day of the program, the players were split up into teams and scrimmaged. It was a fun way to end the program, which really got the kids into shape before the season. Even during the scrimmage though, the instructors kept teaching. They pointed things out to the players to help take their game to the next level.
This was not your typical preseason workout. That is clear when talking to Brett Sellingham, who was the program's director. "The agility, core strenghting was huge, that is a part of the next level that a lot of kids don't know about and that is a major reason NH kids are so far behind when they reach the next level. The idea behind all of our programs is to introduce kids to a division one level program structure, so they can have a grasp on what the next level, be it div. 1, 2 or 3 are about."
I was a spectator for three of the five sessions. I was impressed not only by the conditioning drills, but also the personal instruction the players received. By that I mean the player-to-ooach ratio. Many camps and clinics will have 20-30 or more players, with just one, maybe two coaches. At the BST Advanced Preseason Program there were 14 players and five coaches. This allowed for much more personal instruction, and coaches were able to take the time and point out little things in a player's game that often go unnoticed but are important nonetheless.
The instructors were as follows: Brett Sellingham (point guard, utility instructor) Billy Collins (wing players), Danny Rassenen (post players), Will Flowers (point guard, utility instructor) and Jiol Bergeron (NLP-agility, core trainer).
I really feel like these kids became better athletes and ballplayers by attending this program. These players are all very dedicated to the game of basketball, and determined to get better.
I was also impressed by the three 8th graders who attended. They were playing with some of the better sophomores, juniors and seniors around, and they still were able to hold their own and play well in the drills and scrimmage. All three (Keefe, Dickson, and Giampertrucci) will all likely be attending Trinity High School starting next fall. Coach Keefe will not only be able to coach his son, but he'll also have three talented guards to build a team around.
Good luck to all 14 of the players this upcoming season!