"It's All About The Game"
Prue is Proving he Possesses Penchant for Teaching
Ron Bailey, Publisher
Darryl Prue can really teach the paint game.
August 29, 2011 – A college/professional basketball player, and later youth and collegiate coach, Darryl Prue has been in the game of basketball since graduating from Dunbar High School (DC) in 1985. Having just left Georgetown University’s Director of Basketball Operations position, the logical question could be ‘Is Prue going to stay in the game’. The answer seems to be a resounding ‘Yes’.
You see, as a player, Prue was a big man with balletic footwork and a
soft shooting touch, one that could create offense for himself seemingly
whenever, in whatever circumstance. He’s now teaching those skills
through Drop Step, Inc.
“We focus on doing things both ways, equally and the same”
said Prue of his focus, one that demands moves to be mastered from both
sides of the court. “We start with the basics; know your player.
Everybody is different. So you have to teach everybody differently…I
like to see them (play) before I work with them, but I generally have
a good idea of where a player is after seeing them work out”.
Prue (left), leans on Greg Monroe during a workout this summer.
Another refrain of Prue’s is “constant movement”.
Touching upon that subject, he relayed during a water break with sweat
beading from his brow, “Basketball is a game of constant movement.
There are starts and stops of course, but you are basically constantly
moving. Instead of having them (clients) run a mile, I have them constantly
move, in basketball situations”.
He continued on their current sessions: “Right now, I have him come out New York (City) two days a week. We work out, we do big man stuff. We work initially with shots in the first session, and the second session is more technique stuff”.
In terms of Prue's comparative advantage vis a vis other trainers, Hibbert noted “He's not one of these small point guards, or guys that never played that are working guys out; I've seen a bunch of those out there”. Hibbert has no hesitation recommending Prue's services to other players.
Prue himself elaborated on what he believes differentiates him from others attempting to better players, saying “I know from a player’s aspect of how to get better; I know from having a good high school level career, success in college and playing for 10 years overseas. Now add the coaching aspect to it, so I have experience on both sides...I can teach this game”.
What’s his methodology in doing so?
“I want to teach the game, not just put kids through drills. I
think we as coaches, trainers, etc. assume kids know how to play and what
we teach they should do” Prue expounded. “ Everyone is different
and to be good at you what you do, you have to recognize what their weaknesses
are and strengths are and you can’t train everyone the same”.
[Prue can be contacted on Facebook at Darryl Prue Basketball/Drop Step, Inc]
Prue’s hoops resume:
Souza, Jr. High School – 7th grade
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