With the offseason in full effect, ballers around the country have begun what is widely regarded as one of the most grueling grind modes of the year as they prepare for the up-and-coming high school season.
Every week ESPNHS will profile one of the top players in the country and have them dish on one of their most unorthodox training methods and explain why it’s been so beneficial.
Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.) senior combo guard Rodney Purvis.
The Drill: Sprinting push-up jump shots
The Rundown: “Basically what you do is start from halfcourt and you run as fast as you possibly can to the free-throw line. Then you just drop down right there and do a full push-up on the ball.
When you’re done with that you immediately hop up and take a jump shot right out of the push-up. It’s all one motion. You have to have seven consecutive makes or you start all over again.”
The Benefit: “It helps you with your concentration because you are going to be winded when you pop up to shoot the jump shot. It also really forces you to use your legs on the jump shot.
It really helps. I’ve definitely seen my jump shot improve as a result of this drill.”
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