The Basketball Podcast: E06 with Mark Jablonski Interviewing Chris Oliver

RELEASE DATE : 03/10/2018

In this week’s basketball coaching conversation, Coach Mark Jablonski discusses Basketball Decision Training with the creative mind behind Basketball Immersion, Chris Oliver.

Mark Jablonski is a former Division 1 collegiate basketball player from the University of Pennsylvania and was part of Penn’s run to the NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen. He also holds a Certificate in Basketball Analytics from Sports Management Worldwide and has established a successful basketball player development practice based in New York City, working extensively with Coach Oliver at Breakthrough Basketball camps around North America.

  • “The focus is on every player catching being able to play offense.”
  • “. . BDT (Basketball Decision Training) can challenge both the new learner and the experienced learner at the same time.”
  • “For a player at a really high level, I would say the most significant impact we can make as a coach is on improving their decision making . . The basketball decision making concept brings that right to the forefront for a player.”
  • “How much can you improve your players in the context of the game? With skills that actually apply?”
  • “My evaluation for the week of practice happens after the next game because then I know if the stuff I’m working on actually transferred to the game.”
  • “Learning how to work out on your own is paramount for success.”
  • “The separator at the youth level is can you handle defensive pressure.”
  •  “It’s those unstructured moments that ultimately decide games and who can play in those unstructured moments.”
  • “Freedom is ultimately defined more by your teammates than your coach.”

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Mark Jablonski Breakdown:

1:00 – Introduction
2:00 – How to Apply BDT
3:00 – Teaching Basketball Decision Training
5:00 – It all Starts from the Feet
6:00 – Building the Enjoyment
9:00 – Applying BDT to the Different Skill Levels
11:00 – Evaluating Skill
12:30 – Applying BDT to the NBA
15:00 – Example of application of BDT for NBA Players
16:45 – “I think it’s a Method of Practice…”
17:40 – Simulating the Game
19:00 – Add a Defender
20:00 – Making Decision in a Game
21:45 – Ball Pick-Up Concepts
23:39 – Maximizing Time on Tasks
25:00 – Access to Information
27:00 – Your Players are the Model for What the Teach
29:00 – Applying BDT for Individual Player Development
31:00 – Youth Basketball Coach
32:00 – Defining Effort to Players
33:30 – General Feedback is a Big Problem
34:31 – Finishing Moves
36:00 – Decision Making
38:00 – Giving Templates
40:20 – Giving Freedom
41:00 – Unstructured Moments
42:00 – 3 F’s of Basketball – Fun, Freedom and Focus
43:00 – Valuing FUN
44:00 – Defining Freedom in Shot Selection
47:00 – Giving Permission
47:40 – Negative Mentality
50:00 – Short and Long Term Focus
53:00 – Decision Before the Skill

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