Athletes use this tool by entering their physical characteristics, such as height and weight, as well as their performances in drills such as the vertical jump, bench press, shuttle runs, and more. After the athlete selects his position, he can see how he compares to top youth, collegiate, and pro players at his position when they were his age.
Data from the top basketball players in grades 6-12 has been compiled by the National Basketball Academy, a professional basketball training organization that helps young basketball players at camps improve their individual and team skills. This data provides the basis for player comparison in the Close the Gap™ basketball portal and will show aspiring players where they can improve in their game.
This program is personalized even further by offering training videos designed to instruct players and help them develop areas of their game that need work. These videos are supplied by STACK Magazine® and give workout tips and tools to boost the athlete's performance so they can fulfill their potential as a player. The videos feature superstars such as Dwight Howard, Dwayne Wade, and Kevin Durant as well as Division-1 college programs like Tennessee and Georgia.
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