Category: basketball

An Argument for Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes

Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes a radical, new and old, thought?

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Live o2, Oxygen Supplementation in Athletes

The great thing about life is perspective.  You can use the information intended for one purpose, but with a different perspective you can look from a different angle, you can see an entirely new conclusion.  My hope is to walk you down the road to see that we have missed one of the most basic building blocks of performance in sport, oxygen.

The question I have always wanted to answer is how Native Americans were able to go on physically demanding hunts, maintain a slendor, muscular build without motor learning research performed during practice sessions or treadmills for endurance work or completed Olympic lifts in their weight room. So how could it be that they were able to accomplish such feats of  endurance and strength without all the training?

My first hypothesis is oxygen and our current lack there of, in our current lives.

Here are my thoughts that lead me to this conclusion.

  1. Otto Warburg, a mid 20th century cell biologist in Germany, cellular respiration is simple truth: cells that cannot breathe, cannot, and will not ever, work properly. Anything that skips the first and obvious neglects the
    metabolism of life.
  2. Current Atmospheric levels:  Compared to prehistoric times, the level of oxygen in the earth’s atmosphere has declined by over a third and in polluted cities the decline may be more than 50%. This change in the makeup of the air we breathe has potentially serious implications for our health and performance, according to Roddy Newman and his book, The Oxygen Crisis.
  3. Manfred von Ardenne, developed in the late 1960s by Professor von Ardenne, (a student of Dr. Otto Warburg), Oxygen Multistep Therapy combines oxygen therapy, elements that facilitate intracellular oxygen turnover, and physical exercise adapted to individual performance levels.
  4. Dr. Mark Sircus states, “long and hard is the search for substances that athletes can use to increase sports performance. There are more than several substances that are natural, legal, non-toxic and safe that athletes can use, but like everywhere else in the world of medicine most still prefer dangerous pharmaceuticals to natural medicinals even with the risk of being discovered and banned from competition.”  and, “extra oxygen increases muscles’ energy production improving athletic output ability; intensity and duration.  The secret to Olympic success is higher concentrations of oxygen delivery to the cells.. ” For entire post, click here
  5. Oxygen has been proven to be a natural, ethical & legal way to stimulate biologically effective levels of growth hormones, especially the ones ethic-challenged athletes use illegally, like EPO, erythropoietin AND HGH, Human Growth Hormone?

I realize that additional details may be needed to connect these dots into a more detailed, comprehensive study, suffice to say that increasing your oxygen intake would benefit athletes, both in the short and long run.

 

 

 

The McCarthy Project EWOT Sessions

Exercise With Oxygen Training Sessions For Elite Performance in Life and Sport

live_o2_logoOver the years, The McCarthy Project has developed gestalt theory of elite performance and oxygen is a major component of that philosophy. Each session is 30 minutes in length: a 5-10 warm-up on a treadmill, or a bike trainer (you can use your own bike. if desired) followed by a 15 minute training session and a 5 minute cool down.

Session Rates:
Individual Sessions $50.00
Elite Package (16 sessions) $500.00
Gestalt Package (Unlimited sessions for 4 months) $1000.00

Location:
23568 Birch Road
Rogers, MN 55374

Each session package includes a 60 minute consultation to review your current fitness level and your goals. All sessions are by appointment only.

For more information on how we may be able to take your training to the next level, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 or cs(at)themccarthyproject.com.

Oxygen Training with LiveO2 Systems
LiveO2 Adaptive Contrast System

Some EWOT Training benefits include:
1. Increased oxygen saturation for the purpose of delayed onset of muscle soreness
2. Development of auto-immune system
3. Super charge current nutrition strategies with the increased oxygen levels
4. Amplify body’s natural hormones for an increase in muscle mass

 

 

Gluten-Free Camp for Athletes

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The McCarthy Project Gluten-Free Camp for Athletes

This two day camp in Annandale, MN located on Clearwater Lake is focused entirely on athletes or families with athletes who are diagnosed with celiac disease or have a gluten intolerance.  Our hope is to create a unique atmosphere for young athletes who have to eat “that other food,” to realize that this circumstance can be turned around in a way to improve their performance.   Our  leading edge nutrition and training ideas allow young people to reach their full potential, rather than the situation becoming an hindrance. Food is made in a safe and dedicated gluten-free kitchen.    On top of that, each athlete will be challenged by the outdoor strategy and performance games, which culminates with a zipline session on the second day.

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50ft Zipline Tower

Includes:
1. Nutritional seminars
2. Training concepts
3. Outdoor strategy and performance games
4. 3 hour zipline session

Camp Itinerary:

Below is a sample camp itinerary. Times and order of the sessions will be adjusted based on the groups needs.
Day 1
9:00 am – 11:00 am – Outdoor games
11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Lunch and nutrition session
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Outdoor Amazing Race

Day 2
10:00 am – 11:00 am – Nutrition and training presentation
11:00 am – 12:00 pm  – Lake games
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Lunch
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Rock climbing and zipline

Registration:

$150.00 USD

Camp #1 June 11th and 12th
online registration

Camp #2 June 18th and 19th
online registration

Camps are open to all levels of participants aged 10 and up and limited to 25 participants per camp.  If you have any questions, contact us at 612-741-0982.

Location:

Uncle Fogy Nature Center
10509 108th Street Nw
Annandale, MN 55302
612-741-0982

About The McCarthy Project:

Stephen McCarthy, BES, CFT, Director of The McCarthy Project, Stephen has researched and developed innovative training and skill development techniques specific to life and sport for over 15 years. His corporate and individual clients have accomplished their goals of a higher standard of health and wellness. He has trained thousands of athletes, as well as, being a certified personal trainer holding a degree in Liberal Studies from St. Cloud State University.

Quotes from Clients:

“Stephen worked with my daughter after a high ankle sprain.  He did more in 3 days then any other trainer had done for her in 10 days.  The methods he used to get her walking again were awesome.  Stephen is one who thinks outside the box and gets his kids back to the sports they love quickly and stronger. ” – Marit Larson, Mom of a young athlete.

“Stephen’s dedication to athletes of all ages and sport is unquestioned. He uses programs that benefit the athlete no matter the sport. I witnessed his work with a local swim team and not only did the athletes improve from the conditioning and strength, they looked forward to doing them again and again.” – Colby Fuller, youth coach

Tom Brady: Coca-Cola “Poison for Kids”

By Christina Sarich, Infowars.com

101915bradycokeNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady called Coca-Cola “poison for kids.”

“You probably go out and drink Coca-Cola and think, ‘Oh yeah, that’s no problem,’” he said on the Dennis & Callahan Morning Show. “Why, because they pay lots of money for advertisements that think that you should drink Coca-Cola for a living?”

“No, I totally disagree with that and when people do that, I think that’s quackery, and just the fact that they can sell that to kids? That’s poison for kids.”

Regular coke does contains high-fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to a variety of health problems including high blood pressure and obesity.

Also he noted frosted flakes…

But Brady didn’t just attack coke: he also questioned whether Frosted Flakes is “actually a food.”

“You keep eating those things and you keep wondering why we do have just incredible rates of disease in our country,” the quarterback said.

Like Coca-Cola, Frosted Flakes also contains high-fructose corn syrup.

“Another reason to avoid fructose is that its most common form, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), is derived from genetically modified corn,” Sarich pointed out. “That means it was developed in a lab, not grown and milled before it ended up in your table.”

For complete article, visit here

Climbing a Tree Can Improve Cognitive Performance

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

street-sign-141396_640I ask one question, if you could improve your cognitive ability within two hours, would you do it?

Furthermore, if you could improve an athletes ability to problem solve with the use of creativity without a major investment of time or money, would you do it?

If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is resounding yes.

Well a recent study out of the University of North Florida has found that the simple act of climbing a tree can dramatically improve cognitive skills.

The study, led by Drs. Ross Alloway, a research associate, and Tracy Alloway, an associate professor, is the first to show that proprioceptively dynamic activities, like climbing a tree, done over a short period of time have dramatic working memory benefits. Working Memory, the active processing of information, is linked to performance in a wide variety of contexts from grades to sports.

The results of this research, recently published in Perceptual and Motor Skills, suggest working memory improvements can be made in just a couple of hours of these physical exercises. “Improving working memory can have a beneficial effect on so many areas in our life, and it’s exciting to see that proprioceptive activities can enhance it in such a short period of time,” said Tracy Alloway.

So the next time you are looking for a creative way to develop yourself or your athletes, look no further than the giant tree in your front yard, and yes, climbing a tree can improve cognitive performance.

For additional information, visit the UNF site or click here for the complete study.

2015 Grassroots Hoops Fall League

grassroots_logo2015 Grassroots Hoops Fall League

Grades: Boys 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th JV Varsity 2015-16 School Year
Girls 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th JV Varsity 2015-16 School Year

Team Composition: School, Community and Open/All-Star teams are eligible.

Playing Sites: Harry Davis Community Center, Minnehaha Academy High School, Conway Recreation Center, St. Marks Middle School, others sites TBA.

Roster Info: Turn in your Official Fall Basketball Roster 1 week prior to your first game. No age or grade verification is required to participate.

Schedules: Schedules will be posted on grassrootshoopsclub.com and emailed.

Admission: An admission fee will be charged ($5 per adult, student or senior citizen). All players and up to two coaches per team will be admitted free of charge.

Refund Policy: NO refunds or transfers will be issued after the entry deadline.

Fall League starts Sunday October 4th through October 25th.

For additional information, contact us via email at cs(at)themccarthyproject.com.  Event organizer: Brian Sandifer of Grassroots Hoops Club.

Female Athletes and Sugar

By Dr. Cate Shanahan,

volleyball-673552_1280A recent Medscape article entitled Nutrition for the Female Athlete makes the startling claim that young women engaged in gymnastics, distance running, diving, figure skating and ballet “commonly have inadequate nutritional intake.”

This brought my attention to one of the references supporting that statement, a 2013 article called “Dietary Intakes and Eating Habits of College Athletes: Are Female College Athletes Following the Current Sports Nutrition Standards?” In that article, they cite their own research into the macronutrient intakes of female college athletes. They claim that seventy five percent of the women they studied “failed to consume the minimum amount of carbohydrates that is required to support training.” Women in the study consumed an average of 257 grams of carb, with the range going from a low of 103 grams to a high of 460 grams.

Dietary sugar and starch are counted as carb. But as I’ve said many times, carb is broken down into sugar by the digestive system and by the time carb enters the bloodstream it is in the form of sugar. So it would be more accurate to count dietary sugar and starch as sugar and speak about all carbs in terms of their sugar content.

257 grams of sugar seems like plenty of sugar to me. From complete post, visit Dr. Cate’s website

Under The Radar 2015 Rosters and Schedule

Team Hype 2019
Julian Wright PG De La Salle
Nasir El-Amin G MPLS North
Jalen Justice G Hopkins
Idreis El-Amin G Hopkins
Mark Possis G Apple Valley
Camryn Walker PG Cretin Derham Hall
Caleb Wall New G Life Academyutr_logo
Marcus Shepley G Burnsville
Jakiya Walker SF Eden Prairie C
Alex John F Champlin Park
Courtney Brown PF East Ridge
Chris Coffey C Minnetonka
Alex Folz SF Spring Grove
Ethan Matzcke SF Spring Grove

Team Elite 2019
Jalen Dearring PG Minnetonka
Kameron Givens PG De La Salle
Seigal Howard G Minnehaha
Jacob Johnson SG Champlin Park
Bennett Otto SG Champlin Park
Shauntez McGinley SF Washburn
Kobe Anderson SF St.Agnes
Jarvis Wright SF Minnehaha
Mykel Howard F Minnehaha
Kato Seley F Champlin Park
David Roddy PF Cool Rapids
Malik Lamin C/PF Champlin Park
Damien G St.Louis Park
On Deck: Zach Zebrowsk G East Ridge & John Whitmore G BSM

Team Hype 2018
Anders Nelson PG Edina
Gabe Kalscheur SG De La Salle
Anthony Davis G Hopkins
Beijan Newbern PG Cooper
Zach Theisen PG Osseo
Gary Smith (GS3) SF St.Agnes
Race Thompson PF Armstrong
Tayler Johnson G MPLS North
Odell Wilson PF MPLS North
Nate Hill PG Cooper
Adam Cook F Cooper
Kohlil Golden SF Minnehaha Academy

Team Elite 2018
Ryan Larson PG Brahan
Goodnews Kpegeol SG Cretin Derham Hall
Christian Kelly G Washburn
Jacob Prince SG Cretin Derham Hall
Shae Mitchell SF LVS
Daniel Oturu PF Cretin Derham Hall
Sage Booker G De La Salle
Javonni Bickham F Minnehaha Academy
Jarvis Thomas Omersa (JTO) PF Tartan
Uhana Ochan PF Mankato
Both Gach G Austin
Damani Hayes SF Mankato East
Charles Gordon PG MTS

Team Hype 2017
Jordan Horn PG Tartan
Jaquon Sanders PG MPLS North
Ahzerik Rodgers PG MPLS North
Dyante Jordan PG Maranatha
Isaac Johnson SG MPLS North
Chase Grinde SG Spring Grove
Tywhon Pickford SG Maple Grove
DJ Hunter SG MPLS North
Trae Berhow SF/SG Watertown Meyer
Curtis Bell SF/SG Washington
Simon Wright F Hopkins
Theo John PF Champlin Park

Team Elite 2017
McKinley Wright PG Champlin Park
Ishmael El-Amin G Hopkins
Myles Hanson SF Chaska
Lincoln  Bernhard F Undecided
Aloung Kang F Undecided
Simeon Davis G Hill Murray
Owen Chose PG Eden Prairie
Alex Facon SG Centennial
Emanuel Humphrey PF Tartan
Kingston Myles G Tartan
Joevon Walker F Tartan
Dream Kelly SF Central
Freddy Reeves G Minnehaha Academy

Team Hype 2016
Amar Miller PG Minnetonka
Jordan Bolton PG Apple Valley
Tyler Johnson G MPLS North
Sam Baker G BSM
Jamil Jackson SF MPLS North
Cameron Kirksey SF Apple Valley
Brock Bertram C Apple Valley
Allen Anderson PG Osseo
Jalen Brown SG Cretin Derham Hall
Chris Olson G Brahan
True Thompson SG Armstrong
Chris Perry SF Cretin Derham Hall

Team Elite 2016
Vinnie Shahid PG Hopkins
Dalante Peyton G SPA
Shyheem Murray SG Fridley
Anthony Zarr SG Fridley
Damario Armstrong PG Maranatha
Ade Lamu SG St.Croix Lutheran
Landon Kirkwood SG Brooklyn Center
Lucas Walford SG New Prague
Isaiah Wade G Minnesota Transitions
Melvin Newbern SF Cooper
Trenton Krueger F St.Croix Lutheran
Teathoach Pal F Fridley
Luke Harris PF Northfield

schedule

JUCO Jamboree Attendees

Prospects

Ben Glover, 6’4″ PG, Gillete JUCO, Sophomore, Mid-Major D1 prospect, high major athleticism, high basketball IQ

Darrion Strong, 6’1″ Combo Guard, Coffeyville CC, Freshman, Mid Plus D1 prospect, 3rd Team All-American, 22ppg, Athtetic and quick first step, 40% 3pt

Diallo Powell, 6’3″ Wing, Lake Region CC, Sophomore, Lowt to Mid Major D1 prospect, All-Conference, big time defendor, 19ppg, athletic, explosive in lane, mid-range game

Darrien Butler, 6’6″ Wing, HRSA Academy 2015, athletic, 43″ vertical, good mid range, Currently unsigned JUCO/Prep School prospect

Devoris Wright, 6’5″ Combo Guard, HRSA Academy 2015, athletic, 39″ vertical, good mid range game, raw, big time finisher. Currently unsigned JUCO/Prep school prospect

Nick Anderson, 6’0″ Point Guard, JUCO Prospect, high basketball IQ, great ballhandler and elite passer, good mid range.

Jeremy Johnson, 6’4″ Combo Guard, Champlin Park High School 2015, Mid Major D1 prospect, 2 time all-conference, qualifier, high major athletic, excellent 3pt shooter.

Players for NAIA, JUCO, D2, D3

Jerry Pratt, 6’4″ Wing, Hibbing Community College, All-conference, athletic, rebounder and finisher, 1 year of eligibility

Train Sandifer, 6’4″ Combo Guard, North Hennepin CC, 3pt shooter and mid range, athletic, 2 years of eligibility

Lamar Anderson, 6’3″ Combo Guard, NIAC JUCO, All-conference, athletic, 3pt shooter, 2 years of eligibility

Abdulsalan Osman, 6’7″ Center, St Paul Academy 2015, Qualifier, skilled post-game, all-conference, Low major D1/D2 prospect

Rickey Suggs, 6’4″ Wing, Gillette JUCO, Athletic, big-time defender, rebounder

Best of the Rest

Allen Anderson, 5’11” Point Guard, Osseo High School 2016

March Taylor Knight 6’5″ Wing, Saint Johns Prep 2016

Joevon Walker, 6’5″ Wing, Sound Doctrine Prep 2018

 

MYAS Super Saver And Team Quest

Team Quest will be hosting a MYAS Super Saver Tournament in Elk River, MNlinsainlty

36 teams from all over Minnesota will be playing at Salk Middle School and Vandeberg Middle School in Elk River, MN on March 1st, 2015.

About Team Quest:
Spend the day on our challenge course and experience the fun and creative low ropes and the daring high ropes. Bring your team closer, be more productive and focus on the strengths of individuals. teamMore information on Team Quest, click here.

About MYAS:
The Minnesota Youth Athletic Services, Inc. (MYAS) was organized in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the delivery of youth sports services to young athletes, coaches and parents. The MYAS is Minnesota’s largest multi-sport organization focused solely on youth athletics with more than 150,000 kids participating in our programs annually. The MYAS is a central clearinghouse for youth sports, serving as an information channel linking hundreds of youth associations, coaches, and thousands of parents. For more information on MYAS, click here.

Would more milk do NBA players good?

drip-175551_640When Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle suffered a broken leg in his NBA debut, most believed it was just a freak accident. Dr. Cate Shanahan, the director of the Lakers PRO Nutrition Program, has a different view.

“He just didn’t have enough dairy in his life,” Shanahan said.

It’s not an issue that she believes is exclusive to Randle.

From the broken leg suffered by Indiana Pacers forward in August to the broken leg that Louisville guard Kevin Ware suffered in the 2013 NCAA tournament, Shanahan believes there’s a dangerous trend, one that she said she predicted would happen a few years ago.

“From my perspective, there’s an epidemic of bone health problems in pro sports because guys are drinking soda instead of milk,” Shanahan said. “They’re just not getting enough calcium.”

She said she has calculated that some players are only getting 25 to 30 percent of the recommended daily calcium intake. (Webmd.com recommends that adult males between 19 and 50 take 1,000 milligrams of calcium on a daily basis.)

But she also stressed that taking calcium pills isn’t enough to help strengthen bones. “We’re not designed to eat pills,” she said.

Shanahan said a key issue is the stigma surrounding dairy products.

“The big thing you get from dieticians is you have to worry about fat,” she said. “Dieticians are obsessed with calories. For some reason, they’re more obsessed about fat calories than sugar calories.”

That notion has largely carried over into the world of professional sports, she said. The end result, she said, is more catastrophic leg injuries from something as innocuous as a misplaced landing, such as what happened to George.

“It’s more what you’d expect when somebody is hit by a car versus when somebody is landing wrong,” she said.

Randle’s injury was even more perplexing to her.

“According to what I saw [with Randle], it wasn’t even the landing,” she said. “The problem started on takeoff. It looked to me like he twisted his leg when he broke off the ground.”

Regardless, Shanahan said the Lakers don’t look at dairy in a negative light. They serve players grass-fed cheese and Kobe Bryant drinks a low-sugar chocolate milk after games specially prepared by Whole Foods.

“We promote dairy,” Shanahan said. “We try to downplay the role of soda and even energy drinks.”

For complete article, click here.  If you would like to know more on how real milk can improve performance, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.

Chicken soup for the aging star’s soul

Bone broth helping to keep Kobe Bryant on the court in the twilight of his career

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Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant lay crumpled on the court, his left ankle severely sprained after landing on an opponent’s foot. Dr. Cate Shanahan saw it all unfold on TV and immediately picked up the phone. She knew the Lakers’ star needed soup — fast.

Shanahan, the director of the Lakers PRO Nutrition Program, called the chef at the Atlanta hotel where the Lakers were staying that March 2013 night and ordered two bowls of hot chicken vegetable soup to be delivered to Bryant’s room.

This wasn’t your basic, store-bought soup, though. It was made with bone broth, a nourishing concoction rich in nutrient and minerals — and especially collagen — produced by simmering bones (pig, cow, fish, etc.) and other ingredients for hours.

Bryant called the sprain his worst since 2000. His ankle swelled to the size of a tennis ball. He was out “indefinitely.”

He missed only two games.

As Bryant creeps toward the two-decade mark in the NBA, every element of how he prepares, trains and recovers is so much more important, so much more amplified. Including what’s in his soup bowl, bone broth has become a daily staple of Bryant’s diet over the past three years. It’s the foundation of his pregame meal at home and on the road, and the Lakers put in long hours to make sure it’s carefully prepared for him at all times.”I’ve been doing the bone broth for a while now,” Bryant said. “It’s great – energy, inflammation. It’s great.”

For complete article, click here. Or Bone Broth: One of Your Most Healing Diet Stapes By Joseph Mercola

If you would like more information on other ways to improve performance with your diet, call Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.

Elite Wing Camp

gofastgohardcombineWe are excited to announce The McCarthy Project will be holding its Elite Wing Camp in July at the Colin Powell Leadership Center in Minneapolis, MN.

The camp is designed to not only teach the fundamentals of the playing the position of wing, but to also teach the fundamentals of life. You will learn how to play from some of the most influential coaches in Minnesota basketball, and will gain important life skills including how to be a leader and a better teammate. In addition, you will receive instruction on how to train and fuel your body for elite level competition. The camp teaches life lessons through basketball.

The following areas will be covered

1. Classroom and film session based on point guard position
2. NBA-like combine testing
3. On-court technique coaching
4. Off court training and nutrition sessions

gofastgohardcombine_2Final details will be posted February 1st, 2015.

Elite Point Guard Camp

gofastgohardcombineWe are excited to announce The McCarthy Project will be holding its Elite Point Guard Camp in July at the Colin Powell Leadership Center in Minneapolis, MN.

The camp is designed to not only teach the fundamentals of the playing the position of point guard, but to also teach the fundamentals of life. You will learn how to play from some of the most influential coaches in Minnesota basketball, and will gain important life skills including how to be a leader and a better teammate. In addition, you will receive instruction on how to train and fuel your body for elite level competition. The camp teaches life lessons through basketball.

The following areas will be covered

1. Classroom and film session based on point guard position
2. NBA-like combine testing
3. On-court technique coaching
4. Off court training and nutrition sessions

gofastgohardcombine_2Final details will be posted February 1st, 2015.

Under The Radar Showcase 2015

Grassroots Hoops Club, The McCarthy Project and MinnesotaHoopersStandUp will hold its annual 2015 Under the Radar Showcase of the top prospects from in coming high school freshman through senior classes. The showcase for the utr_logoboys event will be held on August 1st, 2015 at the Leonard Center on the campus of Macalester College  in St. Paul, MN.

Under The Radar Showcase will consist of 20-25 of the top players playing in a “battle within the class” game within each class. 8 teams, 4 games, one court.

All Under the Radar teams will have a top 5 performers list selected, as well as, game MVP’s will be announced after the games. Games will be recorded for highlights and posted online. Each participant will be expected to bring a jersey from their high school or summer team of theirs, we ask that each athlete arrive approximately 1 hour before your scheduled game time with exception of the 2018 class. The following is a list of last years players from each class and corresponding highlight tape. under_the_radar

Dates and Location: August 1st, 2015 at Leonard Center on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.   Doors open at 3pm. Admisson: $10 Adults/Students $8

For this years roster, click here.

The rosters from last year:

2015 Class

Team Elite

Jarvis Johnson, 6’1″ PG, Pulley’s EYBL, DeLaSalle
Jalen Mobley 6’1 PG, D1 Minnesota, St. Paul Johnson
JT Gibson 6’3 PG, Net Gain, Champlin Park
Sam Neumann 6’6 F, Pulley’s EYBL, Cretin Derham Hall
Josh Collins 6’5 SF, Pulley’s EYBL, DeLaSalle
Sacar Amin, 6’4 SG, Pulley’s EYBL, DeLaSalle
Sid Tomes 6’3 G, Net Gain, East Ridge
Jacoby Ford 6’0 PG, E1T1, Minneapolis Henry
Kyle McKinley 6’10 Net Gain, Stillwater
Mike Gutierrez 6’1 G, St.Croix Prep
Justin Dahl, 6’11 C, Hoopmasters, Holy Family
Jonathan Conyers 6’9 PF, Heat, Fridley
Abdulsalan Osman 6’7″ C, St. Paul Academy

Team Hype

Donnell Gresham 6’1 PG, Wisconsin United, Cretin Derham Hall
Marshawn Wilson 6’3 G, Wisconsin United, Hill Murray
Grantham Gillard 6’4 SG, D1 Minnesota, Eden Prairie
Jeremy Johnson 6’3 G Wisconsin United, Champlin Park
Trenton McCarthy 6’0 PG, Grassroots, Minnehaha Academy
Randy Matthews 6’8 F E1T1, Minneapolis North
Gach Gach, 6’5 SF, Cyclones, Austin
Isaiah Sims 6’2 PG, Prior Lake
Connor Gamble 5’11” SG, Cyclones, Stillwater
Kyle Sorenson, 6’6 C, Lacrosse, Caledonia
Jordan Johnson, 6’1″ G, Iowa Elite, Roosevelt (IA)
Mario Manuel, 6’7″ PF, Iowa Elite, Roosevelt (IA)

2016 Class

Team Elite

Amar Miller 5’10 PG, Pulley’s 16’s EYBL, Hopkins
Tyler Johnson 6’2 G, D1 Minnesota, Minneapolis North
Jamil Jackson 6’5 SG / SF Pulley’s 16’s EYBL, Minneapolis North
Brock Bertram 6’11 C Pulley’s EYBL, Apple Valley
Tyler Peterson 6’2 G, Pulley 16s EYBL, Centennial
Colton Lampart 6’4 SF, Lacrosse Boys and Girls Club, Caledonia
Jubie Alade 6’3 G, Fury, Armstrong
Austin Slater 6’8 F, Net Gain, Wayzata
Jalen Brown 6’3 SG, Pulley’s 16’s EYBL, Cretin Derham Hall
Ade Lamir 6’4 G, Pulley, St. Croix Lutheran
Chris Perry, 6’3′ SF, Net Gain, Cretin

Team Hype

Nikko Reed, 6’9″ PF, Net Gain, Maple Grove
Patrick Dembley 6’1 PG, Net Gain, Minneapolis North
Langdon Kirkwood 6’3 G, Pulley 16s EYBL, Brooklyn Center
Sam Baker 6’2 G, Pulley, Benilde St Margaret
Melvin Newbern 6’4 SG, Net Gain, Armstrong
Steffon Mitchell 6’7 SF, Fury, Shakopee
Dexter Dillard 6’2 G, Grassroots, Fond du Lac
Damario Armstrong 6’1 G, D1 Minnesota, Maranatha Academy
Jarrett Baptiste 6’2 G, Phenom, Columbia Heights
Teathloach Pal, 6’7 F, Heat, Fridley
Trenton Krueger 6’5 F, Pulley’s 16’s EYBL, St. Croix Lutheran
True Thompson, 6’3″ G, Heat, Armstrong

2017 Class

Team Elite

Brad Davidson 6’2 PG, Pulley 16s EYBL, Maple Grove
Gary Trent Jr 6’4 SG, Pulley 16s EYBL, Apple Valley
McKinley Wright 5’10 PG, Real Athletics, Champlin Park
Tywhon Pickford 6’1 G, Real Athletics, Maple Grove
Alex Falcon 6’4 SF, Real Athletics, Centennial
Theo John 6’8 F, Pulley 16s EYBL, Champlin Park
Dedoch Chan 6’4 F, Fury, Albertville
Darryl Mayfield 6’2 SG, Real Athletics, Hopkins
Jericho Sims 6’5″ SF, Cristo Rey
Trae Berhow 6’4 SF, MN Lockdown 16’s, Watertown

Team Hype

Jordan Horn 6’1 G, Pulley 16s, Tartan
Simeon Davis 6’4 G, Wisconsin United, Minnehaha Academy
DJ Hunter 6’3 SG, Pulley, Minneapolis North
Isaac Johnson 6’3 SG, Pulley, Minneapolis North
Joevon Walker 6’5 SF, Wisconsin United, Minnehaha Academy
Emanuel Humphrey 6’4 F, MN Lockdown 16’s, Tartan
Jerimah Coddon 6’1 G, Woodbury
Kingston Myles 6’2 G, MN Lockdown 16’s, Tartan
Joe Haggard, 6’6″ F, Stillwater
Gonnar Mar, 6’6 F, DeLaSalle
Dom Marshall, 6’3″ F, Iowa Elite, Hoover (IA)

2018 Class

Team Elite

Anders Nelson 5’10 PG, D1 Minnesota, Edina
Anthony Davis 6’2 SG, MN Lockdown, Hopkins
Race Thomson 6’4 F, D1 Minnesota, Armstrong
Sage Booker 6’0 G, 43 Hoops, DeLaSalle
Delawrence Aaron 6’2 F, 43 Hoops, Hopkins
Shae Mitchell, 6’4″ F, Future Stars, Lakeville South
Odell Wilson 6’5 F, Future Stars, Minneapolis North
Markel Aune 5’10 PG, Future Stars, Bloomington Kennedy
Kire Mayfield, 5’8″ PG, 43 Hoops, St. Louis Park/Hopkins
Sam Ingoli, 6’3″ F, Iowa Elite, Dowling (IA)

Team Hype

Goodnews Kpegeol 6’2 G, Rice Street, North St.Paul
Gary Smith 6’3 SF, Heat, St. Agnes
Charlie Dennis 6’2 F, Rice Street, Cretin Derham Hall
Tayler Johnson 5’11 G, El-Amin Basketball Academy, Minneapolis North
Daniel Oturu 6’5 F, Pulley, Cretin Derham Hall
Owen King 5’10 PG, Wisconsin Playmakers, Caledonia
Demillon Randle 6’0 G, Rice Street, Cretin Derham Hall
John Waggoner, 6’4″ F, Iowa Elite, Dowling (IA)

Location:

To be determined, last years event was at the Leonard Center at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.

For media inquires contact:
Stephen McCarthy
The McCarthy Project
612-741-0982
www.themccarthyproject.com

Brian Sandifer
Grassroots Hoops Club
651-263-6924
www.grassrootshoopsclub.com

Aaron Edwards
Minnesota Hoopers StandUp
612-423-2469
tcundertheradarshowcase@gmail.com

Grassroots Alumni Game 2015

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Brian Sandifer and Trevor Mbakwe (2014)

December 29, 2014, St. Paul, MN, Ques Promotions present the Grassroots Hoops Club All-Star Alumni Event.  Attending will be the top past and present talent in Minnesota.  The event will be held June 21st. Event flyer, click here.

The Alumni event will be held at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN and doors will open at 12pm. The event includes a dunk contest, 3 point shootout, and All-star game.

Past players include:
Jordair Jett, Atlantic 10 Player of Year, University of St. Louis
TDUBB, Number One Dunker in the World
Troy Bell, NBA 1st Round Draft Choice Memphis, Boston College
Trevor Mbakwe, European Pro, University of Minnesota
Rodney Williams, NBA Pro, University of Minnesota
Moe Hargow, European Pro, University of Minnesota

The following list of local celebrities have attended:
Trent Tucker, NBA pro and University of Minnesota
Barry Wohler, University of Minnesota
Zeb Howell, University of Minnesota
Randy Carter, University of Minnesota
Talance Sawyer. NFL Pro
Dan Speak, DJ.

Listen to Brian Sandifer as he joined Stephen McCarthy on Blog Talk Radio discussing his event.

Event Archives:
Under The Radar Showcase 2014
Go Fast, Go Hard Combine 2014

Media Contacts:

Brian Sandifer
Grassroots Hoops Club
651-263-6924
www.grassrootshoopsclub.com

Stephen McCarthy
The McCarthy Project
612-741-0982
www.themccarthyproject.com

Basketball Speed Drills: Consistency Doing the Drills is the Key

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Stephen McCarthy

Every player in the nation is looking for the set of basketball speed drills that will push them to the next level. The best drill is consistently doing the drills, not the speed drills themselves. Most people will just blow off this article or say it can’t be that easy. Simply, choose the move you want to develop, select the proper speed drills for that move, do them consistently each week for a long period and you will become faster.

To prove my point, here is a quote from Yuri Verkoshansky, an industry icon in the area of developing athletes:

“Systemization of the training stimuli. The work load should be considered as a complete unit, in which great care has been taken over the chronological order of the training stimuli. This implies continuity, consistency, and interdependence of the effects of the training stimuli on the athlete’s organism.”

While he is speaking to the overall training load of an athlete and what is needed to complete the goal, we can apply the same concepts to developing a set of basketball speed drills. Here are the steps to take your game to the next level:

  1. Define what you want to accomplish and break it down into pieces.
  2. Take your time and choose drills that will develop those particular pieces or actions.
  3. Make sure all the drills work together to create the desired outcome.
  4. Consistently work on those drills until they are mastered.
  5. Put the pieces together and test your results.

The path mentioned may seem over simplistic. Just because your favorite player does a certain drill, it does not mean that it will make you faster than everybody else. Break down your crossover or turnaround jumper into smaller pieces. Locate drills that work on those areas.  Consistently and systematically work on each component, and you will accomplish your goal in due time.

Youth Coach on Changing Attitudes and Thoughts of Young Athletes

Hello Everyone,

I received this response from the post” The Necessary Art of Persuasion” by one of the best youth coaches, Colby Fuller.  He is THE coach who goes the extra mile, does the right thing, while not expecting or receiving the credit for the constant good work.  He is truly committed to youth sports and has proven this in motive and action.

The following commentary has years of playing and coaching wisdom, as well as, a great approach to teaching young athletes to think creatively for themselves. Enjoy.

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Dear Stephen,

I find this one interesting. I don’t think for a moment that I’m smarter than a Harvard guy but I’ve tried and failed many times with trying to maintain control of the team but to introduce accountability in small doses. What I’ve found that works the best is flat out telling the team that have free reign to play how they think the game should be played. That usually meant pass as little as possible and shoot as much as possible. When trying this method we usually find ourselves behind on the scoreboard. At halftime or earlier if I just can’t stomach it anymore, I call a timeout and say we’ve tried it your way, it’s not working. Now try it mine. If we are good enough to get back in it and win, we talk about how there are times for creativity on the court and times for discipline. As you know I have no problem letting a player shoot, if they are open. So in our post game we talk about by playing within the system we set our opponent up for ad libbing later. I feel that this method has been the most successful in allowing them to think it is their decision to change the style and pace of the game. Small amounts of freedom has led to better choices on the court with the reward being more wins, better team play and now in most cases, the offense runs without a play being called. They just do it, make their own adjustments and have been way more successful. I preached this so many times, “what is the best option?” that they now are constantly moving without the ball and moving the ball at the same time. So in a nut shell,we’ve tricked them into thinking that they are making the choice. But by playing within the system, they’ve learned to adapt to a more free style of play.

Sincerely,

Colby Fuller, Rogers MN Youth Basketball Coach

Nike Custom Socks By The McCarthy Project

Nike Custom Socks: Low Minimums, Quick Turnaround

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Nike Custom Socks Customized Logo

As a former sporting goods store owner and a current Dad of high school athletes, the “special” or “lucky” pair of socks always seems to hold a unique place in an athlete’s heart. On the other hand, some of the colors are off the chart and if each athlete has their own color, it can be quite a look for a team.   Well, enter The McCarthy Project Nike Custom Sock Program, we will work with you to design a “special” sock that you and team would enjoy.

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Mock-up of a logo previously created

Our program allows you to order the brand of your choice and customize it to your expectations without a major up-front investment.

Custom sock program includes:
1. Low minimum orders with no setup fee (6 pair).
2. All major brands supported: Adidas, Under Armour, Nike Custom Socks start at 22.95 per pair
3. Quality: Socks are not screen printed, customizations are stitched into the sock or embroidered based on design and brand.
4. A quick 2 week turnaround from the time the order is placed.
5. Sport-specific socks available upon request.

If this offer holds appeal, we would be happy to send you a visual mock-up design based on your team logo and colors. Or if you have any additional questions, call Stephen at 612-741-0982 or email mccarthy@themccarthyproject.com.

Additional Details:

Orders are fulfilled within 2-3 weeks from the date payment is received for the order. Rush orders are available. Minimum 6 pair per order.   Sock sizes are listed as follows:

1.  X-Large (13+)
2.  Large (10-12)
3.  Medium (6-9)
4.  Small (4-6)
5.  Youth (4 and below)

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Nike Custom Socks with Numbers

Pricing for Nike Custom Socks:

The following is the sample of pricing for a Nike Elite uncustomized pair of socks. $13.99 per pair and customized Nike Elite socks start at $22.95 per pair. For details on color selection and logo placement, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.  Team and volume discounts available.

For additional information on our non-branded custom sock program, visit our complete custom sock program. Volume discounts available. We custom design and manufacture custom socks with original designs to match teams or organization’s colors and logo.

For colors available with our Nike program, visit Nike corporate  here

Winter Tournaments with Grassroots Hoops

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Go Fast, Go Hard Combine at Maranatha Christian Academy

November 22 Thanksgiving Classic

November 29-30 Grassroots Super Saver

December 20-21 Grassroots Winter Classic: 4 Game Guarantee

December 27-28 Middle School Holiday Classic: 4 Game Guarantee

January 17-18  MLK Classic: 4 Game Guarantee

February 14 Valentine’s Day Classic

March 7-8 Grassroots State Tournament: 5 Game Guarantee

All tournaments are a 3 game guarantee unless otherwise noted. Click here to download the registration form.

For additional information, call 612-741-0982 or email mccarthy@themccarthyproject.com

Memphis Tigers Coack Aki Collins on “Getting Noticed”

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Memphis Tigers Coach Aki Collins

Memphis Tigers Assistant Basketball Coach Aki Collins joined Stephen McCarthy to discuss how to get noticed by college coaches and the character traits and skills young athletes should develop to take advantage of their talent.  Subjects covered: How colleges build their list of potential players, specific areas and order of things coaches look at, and how coaches shorten the list to find the best athletes for their particular program.

For the complete interview, click here.

Bio Information on Aki Collins:
• In his 18th season as an assistant coach at the NCAA Division I level in 2014-15
• Previously had NCAA Division I stints at Marquette (2008-12), Fairfield (2006-08), Marshall (2003-06), Howard (2000-03) and Colorado (1997-2000)
• Has been involved in over 250 NCAA Division I victories
• Member of eight postseason squads (six NCAA Tournaments, two NIT), including the last six NCAA Tournaments
• Has coached five All-Americans, 25 all-conference selections and three conference players of the year
• Also coached nine players that were either NBA Draft picks or played in the NBA

Vermillion Basketball Coach McDonald on Creative Play

Vermilion_Community_CollegeHead Basketball Coach Paul McDonald of Vermillion Community College will be joining Stephen McCarthy of the The McCarthy Project to discuss one of the biggest trends recently is athletes attempting to gain perfection running a certain “xyz” system (i.e. robotic) and therefore, not seeing the whole picture or play and the effects of this type of player on how the game is played.  Secondly, we will talk about the different types of drills or tasks you can do to help an athlete flow based on what he sees, rather than just doing it perfect.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project on Blog Talk Radio.

Bio Information on Coach Paul McDonald:

Vermilion Head Coach Paul McDonald is entering his 24th season at the helm of the Ironmen. Coach McDonald is part of Minnesota’s basketball family-the McDonald’s from Chisholm. His father, Bob McDonald, just went over the 1000 win mark, one of only 13 coaches in the United States to accomplish such a feat. Coach McDonald graduated from Chisholm High School in 1976 and was a part of two State Championship teams at Chisholm (1973 and 1975). After a stellar high school career, he accepted a scholarship to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and became a Cornhusker. After lettering as a freshman, McDonald transferred to South Dakota State University and was named All Conference and All Region at SDSU. He still holds the record for consecutive free throws made for the Jackrabbits. Additional Information

How is That Hamburger Working Now?

By Ryan Beville, GMO Inside

Salley1.Here is an excerpt from a interview with former NBA player and current Fox Sports Host, John Salley.

I know you were not always a wellness advocate or conscious consumer. When and how did you start thinking about the foods you were putting in your body?

When I was a rookie in the NBA, there was a veteran guy named Adrian Dantley -I sometimes call him AD or Teacher – who was my roommate. Back then you had roommates, and they had rookies rooming with the vets so you could learn from them, but really they just had you carry all of their bags and stuff.

We were in Milwaukee for an exhibition game, and AD offers to buy me lunch one day. I ordered a cheeseburger with fries and a chocolate shake. This was at 1:30 in the afternoon and we have a game at 6. He orders a sandwich, and he eats half of it, and then saved the other half of the sandwich to eat at 4:30.

When we get our food, I immediately gobble it all down! Well, after I eat all of that so fast, I am dead tired and want to take a nap before our game.

I take this nap and wander into the gym like 10 minutes before 6. AD had been there since 5:30. He had been stretching, getting heat packs to loosen up, and taping his fingers. So he has just been focusing, stretching, and breathing and I get there still sleepy, and my body is still trying to digest all of that nastiness.

Now I am in the game playing against this guy named Jack Sikma, and he was a methodical, and tall, and slow guy… he was like Herman Munster with blonde hair. That night though, he was beating me up and down the court, making me chase him around. So as this is happening, I get an attitude problem, I am making faces, I am arguing with the referee, and I am getting my ass handed to me. My coach, Chuck Daley, takes me out of the game, and I will never forget this, AD looks at me and just says “How is that hamburger helping you now?”

I’ll never forget it! That is because the answer to that question is; It is not! I had red meat, fried potatoes, sugar, oil, and dairy products in me, and AD looks at me and says, “Your stomach is this big (makes a fist), and you put a plate of food in it that is bigger than that and you barely chewed it! Your body is going to need two days to digest that! You are never going to have enough energy to play this game while dealing with that.”

I changed the way I ate from that point on.

It was not all at once though. It took me until 1991 to get into microbiotics, and I transitioned from vegetarianism, and then veganism, and now I am going more raw. It has taken me 21 years to transition, but I imagine that if I would have been eating what my body could have used as energy as opposed what was stopping my body in its tracks as it was trying to break things down, I would have been a way better ball player, and a way healthier person.

Now I talk to ball players, and they have no idea I am almost 49. This is because I don’t use my body as a storage bin.

I am constantly putting the right gas in the Ferrari. Full article

Steve Nash on Broken Bones and Nerve Damage

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

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Steve Nash, Image By cbssports.com

Here is an excerpt from a post on Steve Nash, Dr. Cate Shanahan (Author of Deep Nutrition) and the benefits of eating a properly balanced, non-gmo, organic diet with less sugar and less other harmful  toxins.  Nash feels that the same diet helped him recover faster from a broken leg and as a follow-up, the repair of the nerves damaged during the injury.

But his dietary transformation, and that of the Lakers, didn’t stop there. At Shanahan’s behest, they avoid sugar, processed foods and unhealthy oils – vegetable, canola, corn and other chemically engineered cocktails. It’s more nuanced than that, and Shanahan has sold the Lakers on the science to back it up.

“She’s not pushing supplements on us,” Lakers point guard Steve Nash said. “It’s all natural foods. There’s nothing processed; nothing unnatural. … Although it is a bit of an extreme diet compared to the traditional diet, what works in its favor as far as a safeguard is that it is a natural diet.”

Nash believes the infusion of healthy fats and oils helped him recover from a broken leg last season, and he’s holding out hope for any edge he can find as he tries to overcome residual nerve damage from that injury this season. Full article

Additional Reading:

Natural News on healing broken bones

Natural News on healing nerves

For more information on how The McCarthy Project can help you or your organization make the same improvements, contact Stephen at 612-741-0982.

Blake Griffin on Balanced Eating

By Ken Berger, cbssports.com

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Blake Griffin, Image by cbssports.com

The biggest takeaway for me has been that there isn’t one particular diet that’s right while everything else is wrong. There are certain core concepts you have to be aware of if you want to be healthy — step away from the sugar and toxic oils being the biggest. The point is to be aware of what you’re eating. If you stop looking to food for satisfaction and enjoyment, chances are you will begin to enjoy it more. If you follow certain concepts like avoiding sugar and processed foods, you will enjoy life more, too.

Roy Hibbert has gained 35 pounds of muscle in two years eating more carbs than fat — and, during the offseason, consuming 6,000 calories a day. The Lakers have had success eating more fat than carbs. In the end, these ratios aren’t crucial. What’s important is to understand what you’re eating and why. Don’t go for the quick fix.

The other lesson is, don’t take my word for it. Don’t take Dwight Howard’s word or Blake Griffin’s or Ray Allen’s. Don’t take what Dr. Cate or Dr. Mike or Robb Wolf say as gospel. Educate yourself, try different things, take foods out and put them back in and see what the results are. Then, adjust.  Full article

For more information on how The McCarthy Project can help you or your team make the same improvements, contact Stephen at 612-741-0982.

Dwight Howard and The “Sugar Habit”

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

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Dwight Howard, Image by cbssports.com

The world of sports nutrition has been abused, insulted, over analyzed and has far too many performance based products to make even a logical and qualified decision on what is best for elite performance. Well, eliminating boat load of sugar from your daily intake is the great start.

‘I can’t live this way because it’s not healthy to have this high level of sugar in me,’ ” Dwight Howard said. “I just made a commitment.”

Over the last 14 years, we have pursued the best possible ways to eat without confusion and have food elicit the needed energy for athletes to be able to perform at their best under pressure.

This article posted by cbssports.com on Dwight Howard is a perfect example of the ways a non-gmo, organic lifestyle and properly cleansing your body can lead to improved performance.

For more information on how The McCarthy Project can help you make the same improvements, contact Stephen at 612-741-0982.

Reference:
Nutrition in the NBA; Part I: Lessons learned in L.A. help Howard’s career

Scott Nagy of SDSU on Leadership Development

South Dakota State Basketball Coach Scott NagyStephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project will be discussing the concept of leadership development in a world of “get mine first.” Subjects covered will include how do you break down the walls created by athletes who are just interested in getting theirs and how to be a great follower that can develop into a great leader.

For the complete interview, visit The McCarthy Project on Blog Talk Radio.

Bio Information on Coach Nagy:

Scott Nagy returns for his 20th season at South Dakota State after guiding the Jackrabbits to three straight postseason appearances, which includes back-to-back NCAA Tournament berths in 2012 and 2013, and a bid to the College Basketball Invitational in 2014. He also led the Jacks to eight NCAA Tournaments at the Division II level.

The most prolific coach in school history, Nagy seems to hit a personal or team milestone every season, with the latest being the program’s 1,400th win on March 1, 2014 against South Dakota in the final game of the 2013-14 regular season.

Go Fast, Go Hard Combine Schedule and Drills

The Go Fast, Go Hard Combine and evaluation is bringing high quality combine testing as well as evaluation of youth basketball prospects to the Twin Cities metro area. The Go Fast, Go Hard Combine and evaluation gives prospects options how much evaluation they would like giving the best value for prospects and parents.

online registration

Location:
Maranatha Christian Academy, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

November 2nd Sunday Check In and registration begins at 12:30 pm, combine beginning at 1pm.

12:30 Arrive no later than 1:00
1:00 Camp Introductions
1:05 Warm ups/ Stretching
1:15 Combine Testing/ Measurements
2:30 Position Specific drills
4:30 Evaluation Games
7:30 MVP’s Awarded and combine Top 10 Rankings announcements for each class.

Platinum Package $115.00

High Light Video or Scouting video
Scouting Evaluation
Combine Testing
Drills and position specific training
Recruiting Profile
Go Fast, Go Hard T-Shirt & exclusive MNHSU Socks
4 games

Elite Combine Package $85.00

Recruiting Profile
Combine Testing
Drills and position specific training
Go Fast, Go Hard T-Shirt & exclusive MNHSU Socks
3 games

Showcase Combine Package $65.00

Combine Testing
Drills and position specific training
Go Fast, Go Hard T-Shirt
2 games

online registration

Prospects are welcome to register by contacting the combine director and paying the day of the Combine. (Walk Ups will be limited)

Contact Information

Aaron Edwards, Program & Media Director
Phone: (612) 423-2469
Email: MetroYouthSportsMedia@gmail.com

Stephen McCarthy, Combine Director
Phone: (612) 741-0982
Email: Mccarthy@themccarthyproject.com

Brain Sandifer, Recruiting and Scouting Director
Phone: (651) 263-6924
Email: Grassrootshoops@yahoo.com

Video Editing: Gabe Hostetler
Email: GabeHostetler8@Gmail.com

Media representation from : MYSM, NY2LA Sports, Rivals, Minnesota Preps, Area Codes, Stevens Report and MNHSU.

Preview: Under The Radar with MinnesotaHoopersStandUp

PhotoGrid_1407150774156The Minnesota Twin Cities metro area high school basketball fans are hyped for the summers biggest talent showcase event as the top players from Minnesota face off in a battle with in the classes event to see who’s tops. This year’s Under The Radar Showcase features exclusive match ups of prospects that would have otherwise never faced one another in competitive games as well as Minnesota’s top prospects bring their games to the Twin Cities to end the traveling basketball season.

Prospect Focus

The Main Attraction Prospects

Marshawn Wilson 6’3 G, Wisconsin United, Hill Murray

“Marshawn Lynch Beast Mode” is the nick name and for good reason Wilson excels at exploding through the lane and punishing defenders with his physicality. Wilson is coming off a breakout spring campaign preforming at high level for Wisconsin United helping lead to be one of the top ranked 17U teams in the nation. Wilson put up some big time performances against top level competition and should be primed to do the same in this year’s Under the Radar Showcase.

JT Gibson 6’3 PG, Net Gain, Champlin Park

Gibson is one of the top point guards in the state and is and division 1 recruit. Gibson has had a excellent summer preforming against high caliber competition during the spring for Net Gain. Gibson has consistently competed on a high level is on of the premier prospects from the class and demonstrated that ability in this year’s Under The Radar Showcase.

Sacar Amin 6’4 SG, Pulley’s EYBL, De La Salle

Amin is one of the premier shooting guard prospects in the class, a high flyer with a high caliber shooting guard skill set. Amin is coming off a great spring campaign preforming at high level during the live recruiting periods, racking up a host of offers.

Kyle McKinley 6’10 PF, Net Gain, Stillwater

McKinley is one of the top post prospects from Minnesota’s 2015 class, has great regional interest and is a division 1 recruit. McKinley is coming off a good spring campaign for Net Gain and a prospect to keep a eye during this year’s 2015 showcase game.

For additional players, Full Article

 

Go Fast, Go Hard Combine 2014

linsainltyThe world of basketball has become enamored with physical talent and spectacular plays, but the question remains how do we know where we are at as athletes or need to be in order to compete at our absolute best.

The answer… “The Combine”

A May 2014 post on Draft Express confirms this simple truth, “Trying to pinpoint a player’s athleticism based on their combine testing is akin to trying to get a feel for their basketball IQ by watching them play one-on-zero –it simply doesn’t make all that much sense. It does help us get a very general idea of where a player is at in terms of physical conditioning and strength, which often speaks to their work ethic, but rarely sheds much light on what it really aims to portray.“

The Go Fast, Go Hard Combine powered by The McCarthy Project, MinnesotaHoopersStandUp and Grassroots Hoops Club will give you the feedback on where you stand against other players, in and out of your age group, and where you need to improve.

The following tests will be administered and results posted: ¾ Court Sprint, Lane Agility, Lane Shuffle, Standing Vertical Jump, and Maximum Vertical Jump. Also, for the parents, as well as, athletes there will be seminars on the subjects of recruiting, nutrition, speed development, skill development, and much more.

Media Coverage by: MYSM, NY2LA Sports, Rivals, Minnesota Preps, Area Codes and MNHSU.

Dates and Location: November 2nd, 2014 at Maranatha Christian Academy. For the schedule and drills to be completed, visit here.

Cost:

Platinum Package $115.00
High Light Video or Scouting video
Scouting Evaluation
Combine Testing
Drills and position specific training
Recruiting Profile
Go Fast, Go Hard T-Shirt & exclusive MNHSU socks
4 games

online registration

Elite Combine Package $85.00
Recruiting Profile
Combine Testing
Drills and position specific training
Go Fast, Go Hard T-Shirt & exclusive MNSHU socks
3 games

Showcase Combine Package  $65.00
Combine Testing
Drills and position specific training
Go Fast, Go Hard T-Shirt
2 games

online registration

For more information, contact:

Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project
612-741-0982
www.themccarthyproject.com

Brian Sandifer, Grassroots Hoops Club
651-263-6924
www.grassrootshoopsclub.com

Aaron Edwards, MinnesotaHoopersStandup
612-423-2469
www.metroyouthsportsmedia.blogspot.com

Under The Radar Showcase 2014

Grassroots Hoops Club, The McCarthy Project and MinnesotaHoopersStandUp will hold its annual 2014 Under the Radar Showcase of the top prospects from Minnesota and Wisconsin from in coming high school freshman through senior classes. The showcase event will be held on August 8th 2014 at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. Prospects/participants are by invitation only!

Secondly, due to the response for the event, we have decided to use a different facility. The event will be held at the Leonard Center at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, rather than Columbia Heights High School. Our apologies for the late change, but we thought it was the best decision for the athletes, coaches and fans.

Under The Radar Showcase will consist of 20-25 of the top players playing in a “battle within the class” game see who is the top prospects in the class. 8 teams, 4 games, one court.

All Under the Radar teams will have a top 5 performers list selected, as well as, game MVP’s will be announced after the games. Games will be recorded for highlights and posted online. Each participant will be expected to bring a jersey from their high school or summer team of theirs, we ask that each athlete arrive approximately 1 hour before your scheduled game time with exception of the 2018 class arriving at 4:30pm. The following is a list of players from each class who have committed to playing the in the event.

Doors open at 4pm. Admisson: $10 Adults/Students $8

2015 game 8:40pm

Team Elite

Jarvis Johnson, 6’1″ PG, Pulley’s EYBL, DeLaSalle
Jalen Mobley 6’1 PG, D1 Minnesota, St. Paul Johnson
JT Gibson 6’3 PG, Net Gain, Champlin Park
Sam Neumann 6’6 F, Pulley’s EYBL, Cretin Derham Hall
Josh Collins 6’5 SF, Pulley’s EYBL, DeLaSalle
Sacar Amin, 6’4 SG, Pulley’s EYBL, DeLaSalle
Sid Tomes 6’3 G, Net Gain, East Ridge
Jacoby Ford 6’0 PG, E1T1, Minneapolis Henry
Kyle McKinley 6’10 Net Gain, Stillwater
Mike Gutierrez 6’1 G, St.Croix Prep
Justin Dahl, 6’11 C, Hoopmasters, Holy Family
Jonathan Conyers 6’9 PF, Heat, Fridley
Abdulsalan Osman 6’7″ C, St. Paul Academy

Team Hype

Donnell Gresham 6’1 PG, Wisconsin United, Cretin Derham Hall
Marshawn Wilson 6’3 G, Wisconsin United, Hill Murray
Grantham Gillard 6’4 SG, D1 Minnesota, Eden Prairie
Jeremy Johnson 6’3 G Wisconsin United, Champlin Park
Trenton McCarthy 6’0 PG, Grassroots, Minnehaha Academy
Randy Matthews 6’8 F E1T1, Minneapolis North
Gach Gach, 6’5 SF, Cyclones, Austin
Isaiah Sims 6’2 PG, Prior Lake
Connor Gamble 5’11” SG, Cyclones, Stillwater
Kyle Sorenson, 6’6 C, Lacrosse, Caledonia
Jordan Johnson, 6’1″ G, Iowa Elite, Roosevelt (IA)
Mario Manuel, 6’7″ PF, Iowa Elite, Roosevelt (IA)

2016 game 7:30pm

Team Elite

Amar Miller 5’10 PG, Pulley’s 16’s EYBL, Hopkins
Tyler Johnson 6’2 G, D1 Minnesota, Minneapolis North
Jamil Jackson 6’5 SG / SF Pulley’s 16’s EYBL, Minneapolis North
Brock Bertram 6’11 C Pulley’s EYBL, Apple Valley
Tyler Peterson 6’2 G, Pulley 16s EYBL, Centennial
Colton Lampart 6’4 SF, Lacrosse Boys and Girls Club, Caledonia
Jubie Alade 6’3 G, Fury, Armstrong
Austin Slater 6’8 F, Net Gain, Wayzata
Jalen Brown 6’3 SG, Pulley’s 16’s EYBL, Cretin Derham Hall
Ade Lamir 6’4 G, Pulley, St. Croix Lutheran
Chris Perry, 6’3′ SF, Net Gain, Cretin

Team Hype

Nikko Reed, 6’9″ PF, Net Gain, Maple Grove
Patrick Dembley 6’1 PG, Net Gain, Minneapolis North
Langdon Kirkwood 6’3 G, Pulley 16s EYBL, Brooklyn Center
Sam Baker 6’2 G, Pulley, Benilde St Margaret
Melvin Newbern 6’4 SG, Net Gain, Armstrong
Steffon Mitchell 6’7 SF, Fury, Shakopee
Dexter Dillard 6’2 G, Grassroots, Fond du Lac
Damario Armstrong 6’1 G, D1 Minnesota, Maranatha Academy
Jarrett Baptiste 6’2 G, Phenom, Columbia Heights
Teathloach Pal, 6’7 F, Heat, Fridley
Trenton Krueger 6’5 F, Pulley’s 16’s EYBL, St. Croix Lutheran
True Thompson, 6’3″ G, Heat, Armstrong

2017 game

Team Elite 6:10pm

Brad Davidson 6’2 PG, Pulley 16s EYBL, Maple Grove
Gary Trent Jr 6’4 SG, Pulley 16s EYBL, Apple Valley
McKinley Wright 5’10 PG, Real Athletics, Champlin Park
Tywhon Pickford 6’1 G, Real Athletics, Maple Grove
Alex Falcon 6’4 SF, Real Athletics, Centennial
Theo John 6’8 F, Pulley 16s EYBL, Champlin Park
Dedoch Chan 6’4 F, Fury, Albertville
Darryl Mayfield 6’2 SG, Real Athletics, Hopkins
Jericho Sims 6’5″ SF, Cristo Rey
Trae Berhow 6’4 SF, MN Lockdown 16’s, Watertown

Team Hype

Jordan Horn 6’1 G, Pulley 16s, Tartan
Simeon Davis 6’4 G, Wisconsin United, Minnehaha Academy
DJ Hunter 6’3 SG, Pulley, Minneapolis North
Isaac Johnson 6’3 SG, Pulley, Minneapolis North
Joevon Walker 6’5 SF, Wisconsin United, Minnehaha Academy
Emanuel Humphrey 6’4 F, MN Lockdown 16’s, Tartan
Jerimah Coddon 6’1 G, Woodbury
Kingston Myles 6’2 G, MN Lockdown 16’s, Tartan
Joe Haggard, 6’6″ F, Stillwater
Gonnar Mar, 6’6 F, DeLaSalle
Dom Marshall, 6’3″ F, Iowa Elite, Hoover (IA)

2018 game 5:00pm

Team Elite

Anders Nelson 5’10 PG, D1 Minnesota, Edina
Anthony Davis 6’2 SG, MN Lockdown, Hopkins
Race Thomson 6’4 F, D1 Minnesota, Armstrong
Sage Booker 6’0 G, 43 Hoops, DeLaSalle
Delawrence Aaron 6’2 F, 43 Hoops, Hopkins
Shae Mitchell, 6’4″ F, Future Stars, Lakeville South
Odell Wilson 6’5 F, Future Stars, Minneapolis North
Markel Aune 5’10 PG, Future Stars, Bloomington Kennedy
Kire Mayfield, 5’8″ PG, 43 Hoops, St. Louis Park/Hopkins
Sam Ingoli, 6’3″ F, Iowa Elite, Dowling (IA)

Team Hype

Goodnews Kpegeol 6’2 G, Rice Street, North St.Paul
Gary Smith 6’3 SF, Heat, St. Agnes
Charlie Dennis 6’2 F, Rice Street, Cretin Derham Hall
Tayler Johnson 5’11 G, El-Amin Basketball Academy, Minneapolis North
Daniel Oturu 6’5 F, Pulley, Cretin Derham Hall
Owen King 5’10 PG, Wisconsin Playmakers, Caledonia
Demillon Randle 6’0 G, Rice Street, Cretin Derham Hall
John Waggoner, 6’4″ F, Iowa Elite, Dowling (IA)

Location:
Macalester College-Leonard Center
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55105

For media inquires contact:
Stephen McCarthy
The McCarthy Project
612-741-0982
www.themccarthyproject.com

Brian Sandifer
Grassroots Hoops Club
651-263-6924
www.grassrootshoopsclub.com

Aaron Edwards
MinnesotaHoopersStandup
612-423-2469
www.metroyouthsportsmedia.blogspot.com

SunFocus News: Columbia Heights to host Under the Radar Showcase

By  July 24, 2014

brian_trevorBrian Sandifer always wondered how he could get kids to stay grounded with their hometown roots as they grow and become successful in sports and in life.

“So many times people see a child grow up, get some success, and then leave their hometown really never supporting it again and this bothered Brian,” said Stephen McCarthy, president of the McCarthy Project. which helped develop a question Sandifer always had into an organization aimed at providing an answer.

Like a light bulb, voila!

The Grassroots Hoops Clubs were formed. Getting kids connected, recognized, and established in their own communities is the primary focus of the clubs. Sandifer, who heads the Grassroots Hoops Club with McCarthy, uses the incredible talents that outstanding kids display on the basketball court as a way to further their understanding, knowledge and connectedness to themselves, their communities and the people around them. McCarthy and his McCarthy Project further assists the Grassroots Hoops objective by providing health, nutrition and educational lessons to the athletes designed to fuel their minds and their bodies maximizing their potential for success.

For the complete article, visit the SunFocus site.

Under The Radar Showcase by Grassroots Hoops and The McCarthy Project

Grassroots Hoops Club and The McCarthy Project will hold its annual Under the Radar Showcase of the top basketball players from Wisconsin and Minnesota in the classes of 2014 through 2018. The event will be on Friday, August 8th, 2014 at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN.  The event is invitation only.

The event will consist of the top 20 players from each class playing in a “Battle Within the Class” game. Each participant will be expected to bring a jersey of theirs, both home and away colors from their high school team. We ask that each athlete arrive approximately 1 hour before your scheduled time.

On August 8th, the boys event schedule is as follows:
4:00pm Doors Open
4:30pm 2018 vs 2018
6:00pm 2017 vs 2017
7:30pm 2016 vs 2016
9:00pm 2015 vs 2015

Location:
Macalester College-Leonard Center
1600 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55105

Admission: $8.00 per person

Please confirm your participation with Brian Sandifer at 651-263-6924 or Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982 or email registration form to grasrootshoops@yahoo.com.  In turn, space will be limited for the event, so confirm as soon as possible.

In the News:

SunFocus Covers Under the Radar

 

KMOJ’s “Big Sam” Williams on Minnesota Basketball

Big Sam of KMOJ on Grassroots Hoops and Minnesota Basketball

bigsam_grassrootsBigSam of KMOJ talked on the history of basketball in Minnesota and the upcoming Grassroots All Star game. He has been involved with numerous AAU organizations over the years since he started with Mean Streets in the late 1980’s.  Secondly, he will be one of the celebrity coaches at the Grassroots event and will be talking about the role the event plays in the community.

For the complete interview, visit here.

Currently, Big Sam is the sports director for KMOJ in Minneapolis, MN.

Relationships are King

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Alan Anderson (Picture SNYNets)

This week on our talk show, Stephen had the opportunity to interview Brian Sandifer of Grassroots Hoops Club. Over the last 15 years, Brian has worked with the some of the top players in Minnesota. A short list includes Alan Anderson, Jordair Jett, Rodney Williams, and Troy Bell.  We spoke about the true meaning of a relationship in the world of basketball and how coaches and parents transcend the petty politics of elite sport to treat athletes, parents and coaches the way they would like to be treated.

For the complete show, visit blog talk radio.

Basketball, Yoga and Nutrition

Former WNBA player Carolyn Moos on the value of yoga in basketball

caroly_moos_2Carolyn Moos of fitforlivinglife.com joined Stephen to talk about basketball, yoga and nutrition. Recently, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves made some noise about his off-season yoga workouts and how they improved his game. Carolyn will be talking about her career and the benefits of using yoga.

Carolyn shared her story growing up in Minnesota and the start of her love of yoga. Secondly, Carolyn developed out her training theory and how young athletes could benefit from the use of yoga and proper nutrition.  For the entire show, click here.

Bio Information on Carolyn Moos:
She works with elite and pro athletes, student-athletes, general public, mothers to be and those with goals to change their overall lifestyle choices. Contact Carolyn c.moos@stanfordalumni.org or visit her website.

Top Basketball Talent in Minnesota at Grassroots Hoops All-Star Event

June 5, 2014, St. Paul, MN, Hype Socks and Ques Promotions present the Grassroots Hoops Club All-Star Alumni Event.  Attending will be the top past and present talent in Minnesota.  The event will be Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 at 2pm.

The Alumni event will be held at Concordia University in St. Paul, MN and doors will open at 1pm. The event includes a dunk contest, 3 point shootout, and All-star game.

Players Include:
Jordair Jett, Atlantic 10 Player of Year, University of St. Louis
TDUBB, Number One Dunker in the World
Troy Bell, NBA 1st Round Draft Choice Memphis, Boston College
Trevor Mbakwe, European Pro, University of Minnesota
Rodney Williams, NBA Pro, University of Minnesota
Moe Hargow, European Pro, University of Minnesota

The following local celebrities will be attending:
Trent Tucker, NBA pro and University of Minnesota
Barry Wohler, University of Minnesota
Zeb Howell, University of Minnesota
Randy Carter, University of Minnesota
Talance Sawyer. NFL Pro
Dan Speak, DJ.

See attached pdf for complete details. Listen to Brian Sandifer as he joined Stephen McCarthy on Blog Talk Radio to discuss his upcoming event.

Media Contacts:

Brian Sandifer
Grassroots Hoops Club
651-263-6924
www.grassrootshoopsclub.com

Stephen McCarthy
The McCarthy Project
612-741-0982
www.themccarthyproject.com

Carolyn Moos Returns to Minnesota in July

Former WNBA Player and Local Product, Carolyn Moos, Returns to Minnesota to Pass Along Wisdom on Life and Sport

Carolyn Moos
Carolyn Moos

Over the years, Carolyn Moos has had a lot of success in sport.  She is returning to Minnesota to share her unique training ideas on how to you can combine basketball, yoga, and nutrition for elite performance in life and sport.

“I hope everyone is looking forward to a good summer full of wonderful events. I am really looking forward to being back in Minnesota to offer basketball, yoga and nutrition clinics.” Carolyn Moos

Carolyn will be returning for two, one-day camps in late June and early July of this year.

Camps to include:

1.  On the court skill development

2.  Afternoon yoga workout

3.  Nutrition workshops

To register, visit www.fitforlivinglife.com to secure a spot or for more information on costs and location; download one of Carolyn’s camp information flyers.

Basketball, Yoga, and Nutrition for Elite High School and Pro Athletes June_30th, 2014

Basketball, Yoga and Nutrition for Youth and High School Athletes July_2nd, 2014

Bio Information on Carolyn Moos:

Carolyn Moos of Fitforlivinglife.com
Carolyn Moos of Fitforlivinglife.com

She works with elite and pro athletes, student-athletes, general public, mothers to be and those with goals to change their overall lifestyle choices. Contact Carolyn c.moos@stanfordalumni.org or visit her website.