Baylor Advanced Guard Workoutby Scott Peterman
Buying a new car is great, however getting upgraded tires, a new navigation, better sound system and sunroof make all the difference right?
You might say the same about a point guard. Having an average point guard will help you win some games, make some players better and even be consistent on a game to game basis. However we want the newer, more exciting and reliable players who have all the attributes.
Having a great point guard is essential in today's game. A point guard who can read the defense, distribute the ball effectively with a notable basketball IQ is like a brand new car that you can't wait to use. Just like upgrading your car, you can do the same with your point guard.
There are many ways to develop an average player into a widely recognized force. Incorporating advanced drills can and will enhance a players ability to produce for the team at a high capacity. For a guard position in the league to last, they have to show they can perform above average and consistently in a certain area, while remaining productive in another. They always possess flash, poise, purpose, the stage is never too big or small for them, they never stop striving for greatness, they compete, never get discouraged, they are great playmakers, and they are constantly enhancing their skill set.
Having a reliable guard who can score, dish and serve the ball is bound to take you into the playoffs. At both ends of the floor, they are energetic, dynamic and unselfish in their approach and ultimately have a big impact on any game.
Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew and Assistant Coach Mark Morefield created a master course focusing on advanced guard development training. In this course, they breakdown specific skill building workouts that helped them set the cornerstone of Baylor Basketball. They cover everything from ball screen actions, single and double shots, single and double circuits, transition 3’s plus many more!
Coach Mark Morefield
Under Coach Drew Baylor has had six NBA Draft picks since 2012, which ranks 11th nationally behind only Kentucky (26), Duke (18), Kansas (12), UCLA (12), Syracuse (11), North Carolina (10), Arizona (nine), Louisville (eight), Michigan (eight) and Michigan State (eight). BU has also accounted for six of the 18 NBA Draft picks from Texas colleges in the last seven seasons – the only other Texas programs with multiple draftees in that span are SMU (three), Texas (three) and Texas A&M (2).
Taurean Prince became the third-highest draft pick in program history when he was selected 12th overall by the Atlanta Hawks, through a trade with the Utah Jazz in the 2016 NBA Draft. Prince came to Baylor as an unranked recruit in the 2012 class, and he developed into the second lottery pick in program history. After averaging just 6.4 minutes per game as a freshman, Prince blossomed into a two-time All-Big 12 selection, played in three consecutive NCAA Tournaments and graduated in four years.
A program-record three players were selected in the 2012 NBA Draft, as Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy, and Quincy Miller were all chosen. Pierre Jackson was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013, and Cory Jefferson was picked by the Brooklyn Nets in 2014, giving the Bears five draftees over a three-year span.
Drew has built Baylor into one of nine programs to be nationally ranked in each of the last 11 seasons and one of 16 programs to advance to postseason play in every season since 2012. From 2008-18, Baylor has been one of the nation’s most consistent programs with Drew leading the team to nine 20-win seasons, 10 postseason appearances, the Big 12’s first NIT championship, Baylor’s first postseason tournament title in its 110-year history, and a school-record 20 postseason wins.