Tag: @jayzeeballin


Yes, Yes, Yes, we are listening. I salute all the players today. People are recognizing your development. I often hear from other coaches, “You are doing a great job, you’ve really coached those boys up.” My response, “My boys listen and buy into the team concept. Not everyone will score, not everyone will start, not everyone will play but we win as a team and lose as a team. When I call their number, they need to be ready to HUSL.”

The Nighthawks are a good team. I’m sure they will make the playoffs. We out HUSL’d the Hawks today 17 steals vs 13 turnovers and 7 blocks vs their 3. Robin Hood Rowen led the team with 4 steals followed by JayZeeballin Josiah with 3 steals and Air Amare & Super Steve had 2 blocks each. Justin the Butler and Super Steve both had 7 boards with TJ Big Man on Campus grabbing 6.

Those are great individual accomplishment but not all things can be captured as a stat. For instance, the play of Ruff Rider Ruben played shut down defense on Luke #54. Luke is the catalyst of the Nighthawks offense. Thank you Ruff Rider for doing the dirty work. Once you starting riding him, their offense became stagnant. Those mentioned above cannot do this alone they do need help and it came in the form of Riley the Rookie, Sputnik Stepan and Sid. Combined the trio contributed in points, rebounds, assists, and steals.

Great job team. You guys who are new, just keep working, working and working to improve your craft and one day your skill will be on display for everyone to see, it cannot be denied because of all the work you have done. Hard work pays off in basketball and life.

Until the next swish,
Coach J

Coach’s Review of Summer Game 8

There is nothing like winning your last game of the season. We started slow. We didn’t play perfect. We shot 40% from the line and won 36-13. Because defense wins games.

We had a huge game from The Butler. He served his 2nd double-double of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds. Way to go Justin!!! Big Man on Campus aka TJ, got his own 10 rebounds and 2 blocks. Air Amare flew in the lane for 8 points, 2 rebounds and a block. He also has a sticky set of hands with 4 steals. Robin Hood Rowen stole 6 balls on the day, then hustled to assist 4 teammates for 8 easy points on this Nottingham of a court. His yeoman service style of play does not go unnoticed by the Coach and his Court of players. JayZeeballin managed to accumulate 13 points without taking a 3 pointer in the game. At times it seemed as if the defense was on roller skates they way he was dribbling or maybe he was on roller skates. Riley the Rookie clocked in the most minutes of his young career, the youngest player looking like he needed an oxygen tank. Lastly, Super Steve went for the cycle; 1 field goal and free throw, 2 attempts for both, 3 points and 4 rebounds some of the things he does doesn’t show up on stats.

When we play as a team, up to our potential, we can have fun on top of fun. I don’t know if this was fun to read but it was fun to write. This short video epitomizes our team hustle.

Robin Hood

Coach’s Review of Summer Game 6

The starting lineup was changed because of improved play of individual players and individual players struggling with certain aspects of their game. A move I made was to use Super Steve as the 4 on offense and playing the 5 on defense from his previous position at the 3. He did an outstanding job adjusting to the new position by pulling down 12 rebounds while still dishing 3 assists for the game. Amare had a huge offensive game matching the team’s game-high in scoring 14 points on the day (where everyone had 2 or more points). He drilled back-to-back 3-pointers to extend the lead early in the second half, which essentially put the game in the record books. Josiah wore new red knee pads.  He was all over the court getting steals and tipping loose balls. Knee pads anyone? Everyone played a great game. Those are just some of the things that stood out to me. There are some things that will not show up on a stat sheet like how Rowen controls the offense, how Ruben controls the defense, how Tyler’s presence in the middle denies penetration, how Justin fights for every rebound and how Riley is steadily improving; but I do notice it, and that is why we are a great team.

Over the past 3 weeks, we worked on making layups. It made a 10-point difference. We will continue to work on layups because we still missed more than a handful. That is over 10 points we missed. Winning 30 to 16 is what we have done in the past. Making more layups got us to 40-16. If we worked harder, it could have been 50-16. Now I’m wanting to crush another opponent, but I want us to play to our potential and give our non-starters more playing time.

Come to practice with the mindset to improve, even if it is just by 1 percent. The reason we practice and play is to improve and compete. We compete against each other in practice and, as a team, against the other teams in games. There is no greater measure for playing team ball than when everyone scores points. Can’t say enough about they way we play. #TEAMHUSL