Here are six things you can do to maximize your performance during the season:
Know Your Role
What is the best advice I can give for being the best player you can be? Know your role, accept your role, and most importantly...embrace your role.
The school year and playing season is hectic. Eating well can be a challenge. Take the time and make the effort to eat regular healthy, nutritious meals whenever you can. You don't have to be perfect, but aim to eat well at least 80 percent of the time. Try to avoid fast food, junk food and food packed with illegible ingredients.
Your body is in a constant state of fatigue during the season. Consistently getting 8-plus hours of sleep and an occasional afternoon power nap (on weekends or days off) can do wonders for recharging your battery. Avoid the temptation to stay up to the wee hours of morning playing X-box or watching old movies on TNT.
Foam rolling is a type of self-massage that promotes muscular health. The grind of the season has undoubtedly left your muscles tight, tense and sore. Several sessions of foam rolling can alleviate tension and make your muscles more pliable.
While your schoolwork is very important, that is not what I am referring too here. I am talking about being a student of the game. Over the next few weeks there will be a ton of great college and NBA games on.
Here's one challenge: Pick one player and only watch that player for the entire game. Don't watch the ball, unless of course, that player has the ball. Keep your eyes locked on that player on both ends of the floor. You should be so dialed in that you miss most of the action you would normally see. When your player comes out of the game, watch the player that replaces him in the same fashion (but occasionally glance back to watch your player on the bench). Believe me, this isn't easy. I give most of you 30 seconds...and you will be back to ball watching!
If you want to get the year started off on the right foot, here is a very simple, yet extremely effective method that will have an enormous effect on your success. Pick one "bad" habit you have and eliminate it completely. Pick one "good" habit you would like to acquire and add it to your daily routine. No need to change your entire life, just focus on doing these two things every day in January and you will be astounded by the results! This works well for basketball habits or life habits.