Tuesday marked Week 2 of our Pistons Academy Rookie Skills Clinic at Franklin Athletic Club in Southfield. This wasn’t just your average Tuesday, however. Week 2 featured our world famous “Bring A Friend Day” where Academy Rookies were given the opportunity to bring a friend to the clinic at no additional charge. All of our Rookies and their guests showed up ready to work and have a ton of fun!
Week 2 of the clinic focused primarily on skill development, teaching the rules of the game, and some fun, yet challenging Detroit Pistons Trivia! Rookies rotated through stations Tuesday evening, each of which focused on different fundamental skills. Coach Alex continued to work with the Rookies on their dribbling and ball handling skills, emphasizing the importance of being in an athletic stance with good balance, while also keeping the eyes focused on what’s ahead of the players rather than staring at the basketball and floor. Coach Laura worked with the players on their shooting form and reinforced the basics of shooting a basketball and using proper technique. Coach Bryan’s station was centered around passing skills but also included some fun twists and variations! Players were given commands such as “Triple Threat,” “Pivot,” “Pass Fake,” and “Jab Step,” before passing their ball to their partner. “It was great to see how quickly each player picked up on the different skills and moves,” said Coach Bryan. “Gralon Connor, Kelsie McMurray, and Benjamin Branham all stood out to me, as they had great attitudes and were the epitome of Detroit Hustle all clinic long!”
The last bit of instruction for Week 2 focused on healthy habits and behaviors for basketball players. Coach Bryan stressed the importance of getting lots of sleep and eating healthy in order to give the body a chance to recover and be ready to go next week for Week 3! Players and their guests were treated to healthy post-clinic snacks before we raffled off 4 FREE PISTONS TICKETS! Congratulations to Kelsie and Michael McMurray, who will be attending this Sunday’s Pistons vs. Bucks game at the Palace!
We would like to thank all of our Rookies and their guests for an amazing Week 2! We can’t wait to see everyone next Tuesday (11/1)! Have a safe and Happy Halloween, Rookies!
Did you know? You can still register for our Pistons Academy Rookie Skills Clinic at Franklin Athletic Club. The class runs every Tuesday through December, 6th from 6:15-7:15pm. For more information or to register, please contact Coach Bryan Bollin at (248) 352-8000 Ext 267.