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Billy Armstrong is a professional basketball player. He now spends his time training and mentoring upcoming basketball players through his basketball program called Hoop Dreamz. Learn more at

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Most important thing needed to become a great player

What is the single most important thing you need to become a great player? I ask this question to the kids at my camps all the time. I always get some pretty good answers. Some say hard work, some say determination, others say practicing everyday. These are all good answers and they are all important qualities that are needed to get to a high level. However, it is not the most important thing. Many of my high school and college teammates played basketball everyday, but I was able to become better than them just by applying this one thing.

The single most important thing you need to become a great player is a PLAN. Above everything else this is what will take you to a higher level. A lot of players will go out and play basketball, but they are just playing, shooting around and wasting a lot of time and not really working on improving their game and weaknesses. An organized plan will help you go from where you are to where you want to be.

At Hoop Dreamz I give kids a plan at every camp they come to and I have seen some kids apply that plan and really improve themselves. Now that you know the most important thing you need to become great the next step is to go out and develop a plan which will help you improve all aspects of your game. Over the next few weeks I will be posting different plans that I used in high school that helped me become a Division 1 player so keep reading.


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