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PostPosted: 23 Aug 2020, 02:52 

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The title says it all. I'm tryna make it to the team for uni but it's not like the American D-1 team. Just for my uni team that's in Hong Kong. Obviously many players on the team and opposing teams are taller than me but I just wanted some tips on how to be useful for a team when I'm undersized. I generally prefer assists over points. But is there anything in particular that I should work on and anyways to catch the coach's attention during the try out?

PostPosted: 24 Aug 2020, 06:52 
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Here are a few good links I suggest you check out to help with tryouts:

Jeff Haefner

PostPosted: 25 Aug 2020, 15:42 
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I'm a big believer in doing what you do best. You have to look at yourself, objectively, critically and honestly, and decide what you do well and what you don't do well. Once you figure out what that is, you should work to get really, really, really good at a few of those things. If you're not good enough doing the things you do well, how good are you going to be by doing the things you do poorly? It is what you do well that defines how good a player you are.

However, you are in a unique position of trying to make a team from the outside and limited (says you) by your size. That may lock you out of some roles on the team (I don't think you're going to be a post player or a primary rebounder). Look at the other members of the team and try to figure out what holes you can fill. What holes do they have that you can do to increase your value to the team. It might be defense, it might be distributing the ball, it might be leadership. Try to fit those things into your play while doing the things you are good at.

I have a friend who was in almost the same position as you are, but he was not 5-7. But still, he was trying to make a team as an unknown and an underdog. He was a great shooter. But, on the team there were better shooters than he was. He looked around and said to himself, "What are they missing that I can do that will keep me on this team?" Well, all their great shooters did not defend well. So, he worked hard to become a better ball defender while continuing to work to become a better shooter. Eventually, he became the stopper defensively and when they threw him the ball (which wasn't a lot early in his career) he made the shot. He turned that into a 14 year NBA career.

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