In a December issue of my Hard2Guard Player Development Newsletters, I wrote about the importance of leg strength with the new college three-point line. Several college television analysts had commented on its effects on different shooters, and I argued that those who use the least amount of leg power in their shots would be most affected. Rather than changing one’s shooting approach, I instead recommended strengthening one’s lower body.
In the Sunday L.A. Times, UCLA’s sharpshooter Mike Roll echoed the same opinion:
Roll credits increased shooting in practice as well as an off-season conversation he had with former Duke star J.J. Redick, who told him to focus on strengthening his legs.
That translated into a new kind of workout, running up and down a giant sand dune in Manhattan Beach.
When I rowed at UCLA, I ran the famous sand dunes. They are tough. I have heard stories of NFL players not making it all the way up the hill. The video shows people walking up the hill: we did sets of three sprints up the hill/walk down.
As I wrote earlier this week, one positive effect of Roll’s workouts is his balance, so he takes good shots:
Howland has noticed the difference.
“He’s got more balance,” the coach said. “It’s just easier to shoot the stronger you are.”