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Basketball advice from the Stephenson legend

July 8, 2014 - Burt Angeli
Mark Simon, a former Stephenson High School and Northern Michigan University star, says “something is missing” from the development of young basketball talent.

“I don't see the skills work that puts you ahead of the competition,” Simon wrote on Facebook. “Lonely gym time or driveway time is rare.

“Summer vacation was always a time of hard work and long hours. It seems like summer time now is almost all beach time, sleeping in and quite frankly, a rapid weight gain program.

“One or two open gyms a week won't make you better. If you truly want to affect your school and community in a positive way and leave your fingerprint on them, get a routine that is uncomfortably demanding.

“It's a great time in history to be great because nobody wants to do what it takes to become GREAT. In the end, you'll blame coaches, teammates, parents and lack of talent. You get better or worse every day, it's your choice.”

Simon, who stepped down recently as Stephenson High School girls basketball coach, adds that “I am available to those who need to know how to put together a personal plan to get better. I would be glad to offer guidance. Now, which one or two want a shot at greatness?”



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