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Skills Training and Athlete Development

Athletes Trained by Stephen McCarthy

Stephen McCarthy’s mission is to create the premier skills training and development program for basketball players.

Our skills and training sessions are open to athletes looking to pursue elite performance, not just another workout. We have numerous small group sessions, as well as, private skills training programs for middle school, high school, college and pro athletes. Each session is customized to level of play.

The following are some of the benefits we have produced in our athletes:
1. Increased performance on the court.
2. Improved ability to control your mind and body in space.
3. Learn strategies to increase IQ, in and out of sport.
4. Develop attention to detail and chase perfection properly.
5. Concepts on self-maintenance of injuries.

Stephen McCarthy on staff at Five Star Basketball Chicago

Our Locations:

Skills Training Outdoors:
Lord Fletchers on Lake Minnetonka or Thorpe Park in Deephaven, MN Both are great locations to train outside, while enhancing your skills, speed and overall development as an athlete.

Indoor Training:
Williston Recreation Center in Minnetonka, MN. This state-of-the-art facility has multiple courts and indoor facilities for our multi-faceted speed, strength, and skill development programs.

For information and pricing, call Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982,

Pat the Roc Minnesota May 10th

Pat the Roc and Sean Hardeman of Ball Hard Team Up to Bring High Level Skills Training to Minnesota

Clearance Fields of CRF Sports Academy, Dante Rabb of MN Preps, in tandem with, Pat the Roc and Sean Hardemen will elevate your game to the next level in this one day ballhandling and skills training event.  Click here for complete event information.

Here are a couple YouTube links and additional information on Pat the Roc and Shaun Hardeman.

World’s Greatest ball-handler “Pat The Roc” works with NBA star Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings point guard on dribble quickness/coordination with the basketball. Tyreke shows why he hands down has one of the best handles in the league. Pat The Roc has worked with many elite college/pro players on their dribbling skills. “Good players workout. Great players outwork!” –Pat The Roc

“I started Ball-Hard because of the lack of development that I saw that was happening in my community. I wanted to build a training program to help each and every kid not only realize their dreams, but to actualize them as well. Ball Hard is founded on the most genuine of principles…. Helping Someone Else” Sean Hardeman


Trends Related to ACL Injuries and Prevention with Dr. Roberts

William Roberts, MD, MS
William Roberts, MD, MS

Stephen McCarthy will be joined by Dr. Bill Roberts, Director of the  University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency and the editor-in-chief of Current Sports Medicine Reports, to talk about current and future trends in acl injuries and their prevention in young athletes.

The complete interview will be aired on Feb. 14th, 2014 at 10am CST or visit here to listen to the show

Stephen and Dr. Roberts will be covering the areas of pre and post injury research and trends.

1. The causes of acl injuries and why they occur
2.  Concepts or best practices to prevent the occurrence.
3.  Post-injury and the collateral damage that should be addressed for rest of each athlete’s life.
4.  Why to train the body and brain to work more closely together.
5.  Tests and screens to make sure players are ready to actually play.

Here is a link for further research to the FIFA Plus 11 program for prevention and rehab related to acl injuries

Bio Info on Dr. Roberts:

Roberts directs the University of Minnesota St. John’s Hospital Family Medicine Residency. He is editor-in-chief of Current Sports Medicine Reports; past president and current foundation president of the American College of Sports Medicine; a charter member of the American Medical Society of Sports Medicine; a founding member of the American Road Race Medical Society; medical director for the Twin Cities Marathon; and chair of the Minnesota State High School League Sports Medical Advisory Committee. Roberts also blogs on

What is the Definition of Hard Work?

New York Knicks Performance Coach Andy Barr on Overtraining, Fad Training Systems, and Best Practices

Andy Barr
Andy Barr

Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project will be joined by New York Knicks Performance Coach Andy Barr to discuss the concept of overtraining, fad training programs, and how to develop a foundation for elite performance.

For the complete show, visit here.

During the show, we be covering the following areas of elite performance development.

a. Is doing nothing sometimes better than doing something?
b. What is overtraining and the signs you may be there?
c. General discussion on pros and cons of each method of training: body weight training, plyometrics and Olympic lifts as it relates to performance and injury.
d. Are fad training programs needed for extra work, like Cross Fit, Insanity, and the like?
e. How to build the proper foundation physically before moving on to heavier loading?

Andy Barr, Performance Coach of New York Knicks, After playing 5 years as a pro soccer player in England, Andy joined the coaching staff for a local pro soccer team in England.  He has been with the New York Knicks for 3 years as the performance coach. For additional information, visit here or twitter.


Trenton McCarthy Scores 8 of Final 10 In Victory

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

logo_mhaMinnehaha Academy posted a victory over Providence Academy last week.  Trenton McCarthy scored and assisted on 10 of the final 12 points in the 44-40 victory.

The highlights have been posted on CBS Minnesota.  Click here to view the entire story and video on the WCCO Highlights from January 14th.

What Does Kobe Bryant Eat?

Ever Wondered What Elite Basketball Players Eat? Kobe Bryant Shares His Secret Related to His Longevity and Nutrition

By Trevor Long and Dr. Cate Shanahan

Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant

“The advancements in sports science and medicine, particularly understanding the nature of eating and avoiding certain foods, have aided Bryant in changing his diet. Whereas some athletes might go through their usual offseason routine even as they age, Vitti said the 16-year veteran changed his habits beforehand.

“Kobe never got to that point where he came in behind and had to figure it out,” Vitti said. “He saw the future before the future came and he’s already made the adjustment.”

Dr. Cate Shanhan
Dr. Cate Shanhan

Part of that changed diet and those healthy eating tips come from Dr. Cate Shanahan, a team consultant who has her own practice in Napa Valley. Pasture-fed foods – pasture-grazed beef from a pasture-fed cow, eggs from a free-range chicken (not a cage chicken) – are just some of the main staples of Bryant’s diet. Sugars, specifically anything with corn syrup, should be avoided, and the intake of carbohydrates has been scaled down, consumed in moderation. Article on Fit For Life by Trevor Long and Post by Dr. Cate Shanahan

Everything Must Be Perfect, Wrong

The Recent Uproar over Lebron James’ Toes Shows the Body Does Not Need to Be Perfect

By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project

Lebron James's Toes
Lebron James’s Toes

The recent sighting of Lebron James’ toes proves the body does not have to in perfect position to be a great athlete. (Bleacher Report) For the last 10 years the craze has been for strength coaches and trainers use corrective exercise to solve an athletes problems with performance.  If this was the case, why can Lebron be who he is with toes like the ones he has?

I would argue that great athletes are made with their DNA, lifestyle,  and the mind.  While not everyone can be 6’8″ with a 35-50 inch vertical, you can do the work in your mind to compete are your highest level, no matter if a certain body part is in perfect position.

On the contrary, don’t assume that you are not able to manipulate your body to reduce pain, prevent injuries, rehab, etc.  The proper use of training can produce improvement, but it is not the silver bullet to success in sports.  That is up to the athlete.


Rugged Individualism or Scientific Management

The Genetic Story: Rugged Individualism or Scientific Management

Scientific Management Through DNA
Scientific Management Through DNA

The scientific management of sports has taken over almost every area of its existence; the analyzation of almost every conceivable scenario ad nauseum, the study of the human genome to locate and develop the certain gene that will bring immediate success to the athlete who has number 23 and if you do this drill or lift, you will produce an incremental gain strength or speed gain over all competitors and lastly, use scientific, chemically-based nutrition to obtain elite performance.   All of these action steps are based on the human body, scientific truths and the athlete’s DNA or human genome. Untold numbers of studies have proven that if athletes complete all of these tasks and memorize all of the numbers you will be prepared for success, right?

One question.. What happens if the foundational concepts of these scientific managed truths were incorrect or manipulated based on a fallacy?

Well, you say… That is not possible.. I hate to burst your bubble, but it may be true. Research the following statements and what narrative do you create?

1.  Science is being held by centuries, old assumptions that have been hardened into dogma. Here are a couple examples; Science or scientific management knows the answer, all reality is material reality or physical, there is no reality but material reality, but only 4% of all energy is known, and that the remaining part of nature, the 96% of reality, is unknown or non-physical. (Science Set Free, Sheldrake, 2012) For additional information click here and here

2. “The displacement of proteins by DNA as the genetic determinants certainly stands out as a paradigm shift, a principal discontinuity in biological theory and practice. Yet the lines of continuity are also striking. The eugenic goals, which had informed the design of the molecular biology program and had been attenuated by the lessons of the Holocaust, revived by the late 1950’s. Dredged from the linguistic quagmire of social control, a new eugenics, empowered by representations of life supplied by the new biology, came to rest in safely on the high ground of medical discourse and latter-day rhetoric of population control. (Molecular Vision of Life, Kay, 1996, pg. 277) For additional commentary, visit here and here.

3. The Human Genome Project, to the shock of nearly all materialists, ultimately proved exactly the opposite of what scientists had hoped. It proved that genes alone do not explain inheritance. “The big lie of genetics exposed human DNA incapable of storing complete blueprint of the human form.” (Mike Adams, Natural News)

4. Propaganda, as defined by the father of Public Relations Edward Bernays in his 1928 book called Propaganda, is “the conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses…Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country.” (Propaganda, Bernays, 1928, pg. 9)

After meditating and researching on these concepts, you come to the conclusion that you are an individual who’s future has not been planned and mapped based on your genetic code. You are an individual athlete with God-given talents that you use for the development of your life on this earth, not controlled by some hidden gene in your body.  The next question has to become how do we find the other 96% of the physical or non-physical reality in order to continue our development of elite consciousness?

1.  “We need to realize what our fingerprints and our intuition actually proclaimed long before DNA: no two people are alike, all “averages” are lies, and nobody can be accurately contained by numbers and graphs.” (Weapons of Mass Instruction, John Taylor Gatto, pg. 69)

2. Develop the ability to have intellectual self-defense and how to develop the tools of independent thought. Richard Grove, For additional information, visit here.

3. “I concluded that in many sports elite athletes are either systematically taller or shorter than the general population and these differences in height were virtually completely determined by genetic factors. In most of my subsequent publications I have simply referred to this review, and in doing so the importance I place on it may have been overlooked by others. My recent reviews have focused on the rich body of evidence that virtually every other aspect of the human body and nervous system can be modified by intense training, sustained for months and years, and that the degree of modifiability interacted with the childhood and adolescence developmental phase of athletes.” (Dr. K. Anders Ericsson: Florida State University Professor, Father of the Deliberate Practice Framework, British Sports Journal of Medicine)

4.   Stop the Insanity of Circular Creativity, Invest time in the Spiritual, Creative, and Imaginative: As stated by Jon Rappoport, “People in this world believe in what they create, except they’re not aware of what they’re creating. They think, instead, they’re seeing what’s already there. This missing link explains a great deal. People are playing a shell game with themselves. They’re placing the pea inside a particular shell, and then they’re turning over the shell and finding the pea. Then they exclaim, “Look what I found!” NO. They didn’t find it. They put it there to begin with. They created a reality and then denied they created it.” Spiritual Fascism Jon Rappoport. For additional information, click here.

6.  Learn about the soul of life, not just the facts: In materialist science, free will of choice is an illusion, everything is predictable. Long ago, plants and human minds were souls and that the universe was alive, mechanist science rejected these laws and expelled all souls from nature. The material world became inanimate, a soulless machine. Elite Performance with Nate Ruch

7. “People may laugh and tell you it is not true: This idea that your body as a whole, as well as each cell in your body, can tap into a field of information which encodes the “memory” of what a human form is supposed to be threatens the very pillars of materialistic science, upon which nearly the entire pharmaceutical industry is based, by the way. This is why materialist scientists are desperately attempting to defend the human genomes as the single source of all the information needed to develop a human body, even thought. The human genome clearly doesn’t have the storage to represent an entire body (not to mention inherited physiological functions of behavior inheritance.)” Mike Adams, Natural News

8.  Growth and self-mastery are reserved for those who vigorously self-direct, like Stanley; planning, doing, creating, reflecting, freely associating, taking chances, punching the lights out on your tormentors. (Weapons of Mass Instruction, John Taylor Gatto, pg 64)


Author Brian Tuohy of Larceny Games

Brian Tuohy, Author of Larceny Games and The Fix Is In, on Corruption in the Major Sport Leagues

Larceny GamesAuthor Brian Tuohy joined Stephen to talk about his new book, Larceny Games.  It is based on over 400 FBI files and numerous interviews with FBI Agents, sports gamblers and bookmakers.  Brian will be discussing the world of sports entertainment and how it is not a pure as most fans envision.  Professional leagues have argued in court that they are entertainment, not a sport and if they are entertainment, the pro leagues must make sure the product is entertaining with the right actors in the show, right? Sport is the purest form of competition and elite performance, right?

Brian will break it all down and share his thoughts on events that have taken place in recent times that will challenge your viewpoints on the role of sport in our society.

For the complete interview, visit here.

Brian will be making an appearance at the Twin Cities Book Festival on October 12, 2013 in the Local Lit Lounge at 4pm. Check out their website for specific times and locations.

For more information on Brian Tuohy, visit his website.

Brian Tuohy is America’s leading expert in game fixing in sports, having written about the subject for more than a decade. He is best known as the author of The Fix Is In: The Showbiz Manipulations of the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NASCAR which was published by Feral House in 2010. The book gained national and international attention as it was reviewed by the Wall Street Journal, the nationally syndicated The Bookworm Sez, the Independent in the United Kingdom, and Milwaukee’s Shepherd Express among others.


University of Michigan Strength Coach Bo Sandoval

University of Michigan Strength Coach Bo Sandoval on the Balance of Specialized Strength Training by Sport with the Concept of Individualized Training

University of Michigan Strength Coach Bo Sandoval
University of Michigan Strength Coach Bo Sandoval

Coach Sandoval will be joining Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to develop out how a structured training program works in both at a team and a individual level.

Coach has worked with athletes for over 10 years with an extensive background in multiple sports.  We will be covering ways to look at training for lacrosse, basketball and volleyball. The differences between each sport and how young athletes can apply the training information to their current programs.

Tune in October 30, 2013 at 9am CST for the complete show.

About Coach Bo Sandoval:

Bo Sandoval is in his fourth year at U-M. Prior to being named Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning in summer of 2012, he served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Olympic Sports at the University of Michigan. Sandoval designs and implements supplemental performance programs for men’s lacrosse and women’s basketball. He specializes in providing comprehensive training programs focused on multi-year development. Sandoval’s individualized training programs are influenced by the requirements of each athlete’s specific competition needs and are based on each team’s competition calendar. Sandoval’s other responsibilities include directing the strength and conditioning department’s intern education program.

Arizona Coach Niya Butts on Skill Training

Arizona Coach Niya Butts on Developing Your Skills to Play Basketball

Arizona Coach Niya Butts
Arizona Coach Niya Butts

Coach Butts shared her thoughts on how to properly develop the skills to play elite basketball.

You can learn some things from youtube videos, video games, ant to some extent, complex non-basketball movements. All of which has its time and place, but you must develop the ability to dribble with speed, shoot the ball, and defend.

Yup, the basic fundamentals of basketball.  This is coming from a player who played at Tennessee under Coach Summit, won two national championships as a player and has coached at the collegiate level for over 10 years. To Listen to an excerpt from the taped interview, click here.

The complete show will be aired on September 11th at 8am CST.

About Coach Niya Butts:

Entering her sixth season at the helm of the Wildcat program, women’s basketball head coach Niya Butts is more energized and driven than ever to continue to build on the strong tradition of Arizona women’s basketball and to take the program to new heights. With a talented class of younger players and an experienced and motivated group of veterans, the 2013-14 season is poised to be a successful stop on the road to greatness.

“Niya Butts is hard-working, energetic and dedicated,” Arizona Athletics Director Greg Byrne said. “She is one of the rising stars in the coaching ranks and we are thrilled to have her here at the University of Arizona. Her commitment to excellence, on and off the court, is unmatched and she continues to build on the tradition of Arizona women’s basketball. She and her staff are great at bringing in and developing young talent. The future is bright for Coach Butts and her squad.”

Coaching Your Own Kids

Creighton University Basketball Coach Greg McDermott on Coaching Your Own Children

Coach Greg McDermott of Creighton University Basketball
Coach Greg McDermott of Creighton University Basketball

Coach McDermott joined Stephen McCarthy to talk about coaching young athletes and more specifically, your own children.  Coach has the honor of coaching one of his children at Creighton University, All-American Doug McDermott.

Coach shared his thoughts on parents role with young players, how to get batter while playing a role you don’t like, and finally, if your parent is the coach, how should you handle yourself.

Here is a portion of the interview with Greg McDermott on Coaching Your Own Children.

The complete interview will be aired Monday, Sept 9th at 8:00am CST.

About Coach McDermott:

Graduating student-athletes, record win totals, sold-out crowds, an MVC tournament title, postseason success and an All-American son are part of the legacy that Greg McDermott has created in his first two seasons on The Hilltop.  Named the 16th head coach in Creighton men’s basketball history on April 27, 2010, McDermott has gone 52-22 in his first two seasons, while returning the program to the national rankings with an up-tempo style of play that has fans turning out in record numbers. Last season, Creighton tied a school record with 29 wins and reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament, while establishing a program record with 2,772 points. The team spent 16 weeks ranked in the top-25, and earned its inaugural First-Team AP All-American in program history when Greg’s son, Doug, was honored following a record-setting season.  Doug was the first sophomore in league history named MVC Player of the Year, setting a school record with 801 points while also leading the nation with 307 field goals.

Sport Genes: Nurture or Nature?

Michael Much of Yahoo Rivals and on the Sport Gene Debate

Yahoo Rivals Genetic Outlier or Developed Athlete?
Genetic Outlier or Developed Athlete?

A recently published book, “Sports Gene: What Makes a Perfect Athlete” by David Epstein opened up the world of athlete development.  Michael Much of Yahoo Rivals and and Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project talked about the role genes play in the creation of future athletes.

Genetic testing has been on the rise in the medical community. So the natural progression for the technology is to arrive in the sports world, sooner than later, where the ultimate pursuit of speed, size and strength by athletes is paramount.

Michael and Stephen talk about the philosophical pro’s and cons of attempting to predict future performance based on current information.  And for that matter, future decisions on a set of data that is not 100% conclusive.

The complete show will air Friday, September 6th at 8am CST.

Visit the Minnesota Preps website for more information on Michael and to stay connected to Minnesota high school sports.




David Epstein of Sports Illustrated on Genetics in Sport

Sports Illustrated Writer and Author David Epstein on Genetics Role in Training and Sport

Sports Illustrated Writer and Author David Epstein on Genetics Role in Training and SportAuthor David Epstein of The Sports Gene:Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance joined Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss his book and his motive for writing Sports Gene.  Secondly, we discussed how to apply his findings to athletes and the future application of dna or genetic research. Complete interview will be aired on Friday September 6th at 8am CST.

David’s motive was his joy for researching, science and sports. He has always been fascinated with elite performance and why certain athletes from certain areas of the world perform at higher levels.  To listen to this portion of the interview, visit David Epstein and His Story.

During the second part of the interview, we talk about future applications of his research and the trend of analyzing your DNA for the purpose of understanding how you can train at a higher level.  We also discussed some of the pitfalls of the science and how athletes can use the information for their benefit. Click here to listen to David and Stephen’s thoughts on The Future of Genetic Testing and Its Application.

Author and Writer David Epstein
Author and Writer David Epstein

Sports Illustrated Senior Writer David Epstein writes about sports science and medicine, Olympic sports, and is an investigative reporter for SI. His science writing has won a number of awards, including the Society of Professional Journalists 2010 Deadline Club Award for an article on the genetics of sports performance; Time Inc.’s Henry R. Luce Award for public service for an article on the dangers of the dietary supplement industry; and the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association’s “Big Hearted Journalism” award for his story “Following the Trail of Broken Hearts,” on sudden cardiac death in athletes. Epstein was a 2011 Livingston Award finalist for a package that included articles on pain in sports and the anticipatory skills that allow Major Leaguers to hit 100 mph fastballs.

South Dakota State Basketball Coach Scott Nagy

South Dakota State Basketball Coach Scott Nagy on Balance in Life and Sport, Winning and Losing

South Dakota State Basketball Coach Scott Nagy
South Dakota State Basketball Coach Scott Nagy

Coach Scott Nagy will be joining Stephen McCarthy to talk about life growing up as a coach’s son to becoming a Division I coach at South Dakota State University.

Coach Nagy’s will be sharing his unique story of taking South Dakota State from Division II to Division I and how the experience taught him about winning and losing. He will talk about his special approach to recruiting and the process of attracting the proper athletes to his program.  He also will explain how Nate Wolters became a part of SDSU and how he helped the program to  compete with the more established programs, both on and off the court.

Lastly, Coach Nagy will discuss the difference between a Top 150 athlete without character and the athlete who has the desire to compete with character.

Here is a portion of the interview, part 1. And interview, part 2.   Tune in for the complete interview on September 20th at 8:00am CST.

About Coach Nagy:

Scott Nagy returns for his 19th season at South Dakota State after guiding the Jackrabbits to the NCAA Tournament for the first time at the Division I level, after doing so eight times in Division II. After a 2011-12 season filled with milestones, both personal and team related. The milestones started with a 92-73 win at Washington on Dec. 18, continued when he won his 300th career game 10 days later at Frost Arena and rolled through The Summit League Championships, when the Jacks tied a school record with 27 wins and earned a chance to dance for the first time in Division I.

Elite Skills Camp: Fall 2013

Develop Elite Basketball Skills at The Highest Level

Press Release: (Minneapolis, MN-August 20, 2013) Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project, Quincy Caldwell of SWAG, Inc., and Amanda Galloway have teamed together to create the Elite Skills Basketball Camp.  The team has developed players who have played or currently playing at all levels of college basketball and in the NBA. The Elite Skills Camp is positioned to be the become the best basketball camps in the State of Minnesota.

The Elite Skills Camp will be a position-specific skill development camp.  Areas covered include: position specific-skills, nutrition, off court and on-court skill development, and presentations on how to attain mastery of the sport.

Tune in to listen to the complete interview

Quincy and Stephen sat down to talk about the camp, why athletes should attend and their viewpoint on the following subjects:

1. Attitude


3. Skill Development

4. Being Cut

5. Playing Time

6. Training

For more information on the camp, visit the Elite Skills Camp website. For more detailed camp descriptions, visit Elite Skills Camp Descriptions. Dates and locations will be announced with the beginning of September 2013.

Coach Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina

North Carolina Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell Discusses Passion and Distractions In Sport

North Carolina Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell
North Carolina Head Coach Sylvia Hatchell

University of North Carolina Head Women’s Basketball Coach Sylvia Hatchell joined Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss passion, distractions, technology and relationships.

Coach Hatchell was recently inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame. While on a trip to Massachusetts, she spoke about the concept of passion and what it takes to succeed at the elite level in life and sport.  Or more specifically the game of life and women’s basketball.

Coach mentioned that the relationships built within the team are paramount to building the desire or passion in her athletes.  She also talked about the power of distractions and how they decrease the ability of the team playing with passion.

Over her career as a coach, she had seen distractions in many different sizes and shapes. One newer area is the concept of technology and social media. Coach Hatchell talked about her policy of no phones at any team events.  She also mentioned that when curfew arrives phones are handed in until breakfast.  Limiting technology improves performance and builds relationships within the team.

Tune in for the complete interview on “Developing Passion In Athletes.

About Coach Sylvia Hatchell:

After over 1,000 career games and 36 seasons of coaching, it stands to reason that North Carolina head coach Sylvia Hatchell would belong to some exclusive clubs. She was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004. She is one of only four head coaches in Division I history to reach the 800-win plateau. She is the third-winningest active coach in the nation. She has been named national coach of the year three times and has led teams to at least 20 wins 27 times, fourth-most nationally.


Injury Prevention: Easier Than You Think

Injury Prevention and Sports Performance with Andy Barr of the New York Knicks

Injury Prevention and Sports Performance Coach Andy Barr
Injury Prevention and Sports Performance Coach Andy Barr

Injury prevention is a much discussed subject and picking up steam every year.  With the number of athletes participating in sport and the amount of dollars floating around the pro athletes, the concept of sports performance and injury prevention have a natural connection.  The ultimate goal is to eliminate injuries and keep the players playing.  This is a very complex problem to solve.  But as you will hear 80% of the problem comes from things that each athlete can control on their own.  The amazing part of the discussion is that even the athletes who are making millions to play the game they love are not doing the basics.

Today Andy Barr of the New York Knicks joined us to talk about these concepts and how they directly apply to game of basketball.

You will be surprised to find out that the basics: sleep, hydration, and proper nutrition are the starting point to elite level recovery and injury prevention.  Not some hyper scientific training program or diet.

For the complete interview, tune into today’s show or check out the special report Sports Performance in Basketball.

To connect with Andy Barr directly send him an email at or twitter.

Straight Talk on The Recruiting Game

Michael Much of Minnesota Preps/Yahoo Rivals on The Recruiting Game

Michael Much on The Recruiting Game
Michael Much on The Recruiting Game

Stephen McCarthy and Michael Much of Minnesota Preps/Yahoo Rivals talked about the recruiting game and the cold hard truth about how initially numbers do matter.  Secondly, we broke down the ways athletes can develop their mind and their game if they are not on the Top 150 list.

Michael has worked with the Yahoo Rivals group for over 6 years and has observed the development of football and basketball in Minnesota.  The unfortunate reality is that to be ranked on their site you need to be an outlier.  If  you are 6’5″ with skills and 275 lbs in high school, you will be on the list as an offensive linemen.  If you are 6’6″ with a 35″ vertical and can shoot.  You will be on the list.  Harsh but true. If you don’t, you will not be on the list.

Does that mean that there is no hope as an athlete if you are not an outlier.  Absolutely, not.  Just stick to your craft and master your sport, there will be a place for you to play at the next level.  You just have to take a different path to elite level performance.

For the complete interview, visit The Recruiting Game and Mastery of Sport.

Visit the Minnesota Preps website for more information on Michael and to stay connected to Minnesota high school sports.

Dr. John Tauer on “The ESPN Effect”

National Championship Basketball Coach Dr. John Tauer on “The ESPN Effect, Individualism and Creativity

Dr. John Tauer, University of St. Thomas Basketball Coach on "The ESPN Effect"
Dr. John Tauer, University of St. Thomas Basketball Coach on “The ESPN Effect”

Dr. John Tauer, Associate Professor of Psychology and basketball coach for the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN, joined host Stephen McCarthy of The McCarthy Project to discuss the role of technology (The ESPN Effect) on future generations of athletes.

In 2009, Dr. Tauer published a study “The ESPN Effect:  How Slam Dunks Affect Individualism, Competitiveness, and Optimism” in the International Journal of Sport Communication.  He shared his viewpoints on the culture of sport and how technology changes athletes outlook of themselves and their abilities based on what they see on tv or highlight videos. He also talked about the ability of athletes to think creatively based on what they see in these videos.

John has implemented his findings into his basketball team.  It is hard to argue with his results to this point.  1 NCAA D-III National Championship, 7 consecutive MIAC Conference Championships, and the 2012-2013 team was ranked #1 in the nation with a record of 30-2.

Lastly, Dr. Tauer developed his ideas on winning and losing, raw talent vs. talent with skills. He put out his thoughts on how coaches and athletes should view their game, how they can get better and ultimately, master life and sport.

For the complete show, listen to the “The ESPN Effect”

For more information on Coach Tauer, visit the St. Thomas website.


Vertical Jump: Are genetics the limiting factor?

Jack Woodrup on Genetics and Vertical Jump

Jack Woodrup on Vertical Jump Training
Jack Woodrup on Vertical Jump Training

Jack Woodrup

Do you know what, I hate talking about genetics and vertical jump. Why? Because they are something that quite literally you cannot do anything to change. Your parents are your parents. But it isn’t just that you can’t change them either. It is also that many athletes use genetics as an excuse for their failures. They never achieved greatness because of genetics! As much as I hate to say this, they might actually be right. What, you were expecting some feel good article about how with vertical jump training and genetics can be overcome with hard work? Well alright then, here comes the pep talk.  When I was a kid growing up I loved to play basketball. I used to play all through the summer, sometimes well into the night. Every day before and after school and on weekends too. I couldn’t get enough. In fact by the age of 17 I was the best player in my town. I had one BIG UNSOLVABLE problem though. My mum and dad were both 5’6. To make matters worse, my dad seemed to have well and truly proved that my genetics were very much of the slow twitch variety because he in 1988 was in the Guinness Book of World Records – not for sprinting or jumping, oh no, that might have actually been useful. No he was in there for ultra-endurance cycling. He rode his bike from Perth to Sydney, a distance of 4380 km (2,720 miles) in about 10 days and 17 hours. At the time I was 13 and while I didn’t know anything about jump training then, I did know two things, with my height, and with my genetics, I was never going to play in the NBA, let alone dunk. So you know what, I never even tried.

I let genetics, for a long time be my excuse for failing, even before I began. What could I have done instead? Could I done anything to change things anyway? Well for a start what I should have done was instead of letting my genetics limit my thinking I should have asked the question, what if I am wrong? What if my dad was wrong? Maybe he was a sprinter who turned himself into a long distance athlete through insane levels of will power and commitment (and trust me on this he WAS definitely committed, when my dad went training for his Perth to Sydney ride, he was up early for work, then he would leave in the mid afternoon for his training ride and he never returned until well after I was in bed. He did this each and every night for months leading up to the ride. The man loved to ride a bike that was for sure).

You see in my early 30’s, long after I had stopped playing competitive basketball I decided one day that ‘what the hell’, I am going to train up to dunk a basketball. When I started I weighed nearly 90kg (198 pounds), did a lot of bench press and bicep curls but very little leg work (I could barely squat my own bodyweight). About 14 months later I weighed 74kg, deadlifted 225kg, and squatted 160kg to parallel and, believe it or not, I could dunk a basketball.

So what is the moral of this story? Well if you will sift through all that self-indulgence for a minute you will see that yes, maybe genetics will ultimately prevent you from being the world 100m champion, or playing in the NFL, but how the hell do you even know unless you go out and try.
So are your genetics and your vertical jump program holding you back? The simple answer is you don’t really know. While there are tests that can help determine your fast twitch slow twitch fiber ratios, the fact is there aren’t any genetic tests that can say your upper limit for vertical jump is going to be 34 inches and your best 100m time is going to be capped out at 10.2 seconds so you should consider something a bit different.
Just as important to consider are that team sports have a whole bunch of other intangibles besides athleticism that determine success (easy example – Steve Nash, 2 time NBA MVP – not known for his dunking or speed. There are many, many more). And not everyone wants to be a world champ. Maybe, like me, you just want to find out what you can do.

Either way it all comes back to the very first point I made in this article, whether you want to play pro sports, be a world champions, or you just want to be the best athlete you can be, you genetics really shouldn’t mean a thing because if you are reading this it is already too late to change things. So stop making excuses. There really is only one way to find out and that is to go out and try before it becomes too late and you have missed your opportunity.

Lea Olson of Fox Sports Net on Building Young Athletes

Building Young Athletes: Ideas on the Road to Success

Lea Olson of Fox Sports Net
Lea Olson of Fox Sports Net

Lea Olson of Fox Sports has been a college athlete and worked with families on the process of developing young talent. She has seen the good and the bad of the process.  She mentioned a couple areas that are most important for young athletes.

1.  Make it a family effort

2. Dedication in the classroom

3.  Find out what colleges ask and why?

4.  Find a role model to follow

For the complete interview, visit here

For more information on Lead, visit her linkedin page.

Lea Olson from Fox Sports Net

Lea Olson of Fox Sports Net Talks Minnesota Sports

Lea Olson of the Minnesota Lynx
Lea Olson of the Minnesota Lynx

Lea Olson joined us to talk about the local basketball community and how to navigate the world of life and sport.

Lea B. Olsen is a well-established Twin Cities basketball expert.  Before she joined FOX Sports North as host of Wolves Weekly, Olsen was a Timberwolves sideline reporter and in-arena host for Wolves Vision. She has also worked as a University of Minnesota and Minnesota Lynx basketball analyst, including five seasons working on ESPN’s WNBA broadcast.

For the complete show, visit here.

For more information on Lead, visit her website.


Team Texas Titans AAU Basketball

Head Coach Scott Pospichal of Team Texas Titans Talked Basketball and Life

Scott Pospichal of Team Texas Titans
Scott Pospichal of Team Texas Titans

The Texas Titans do not follow the traditional ideas and concepts of an AAU basketball team in the United States. And I am not talking about the private jet the team charters, the Top 150 players in the program, or the other perks that come with a bigger team budget. I am talking about their approach to life.

To find out more on what makes them special in the world of basketball, listen to the complete interview.

Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball

Alex Conover Talks Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball

Alex Conover of Minnesota Timberwolves basketball
Alex Conover of Minnesota Timberwolves basketball

Kris, Stephen and Alex chatted about the current Minnesota Timberwolves basketball win streak and Rick Adelmen’s 1000th victory.

Kris took the others to task on the The Hunt For Red October and Jack Ryan.

For the complete segment, click here and forward to about 45 minutes into the show.

Play Basketball For The Love The Game, Not Because

Coach Alex Focke of Prior Lake High School Basketball

Coach Alex Focke of Prior Lake High School Basketball
Coach Alex Focke of Prior Lake High School Basketball

Coach Focke talked about his love of the game of basketball and how younger players can develop their own love of basketball.

To listen to the complete interview, click here.  Coach Focke started around the 60 minute mark.

For more information on Coach Focke and his summer programs, visit the following website.

Identity or Style?

Coach Kevin McKenzie Discussed Team Identity

kevin mckenzieCoach Kevin McKenzie of St Paul Academy Basketball in St. Paul, MN joined Kris and Stephen to talk about how to develop a team identity.  He also discussed the difference between style and identity.  He talked about how he is able to change his team’s style of play without changing their identity.

To listen to the show, click here.

For more information on Coach McKenzie, visit his website.

Coaching for the Love of the Game

Championship Productions Thom McDonald’s Top Trends in Coaching

championship productions thom mcdonald
Championship Productions Thom McDonald

Coach Thom McDonald of Championship Productions joined The McCarthy Project to talk about top trends in the coaching ranks.  We talked about how to develop the love of the game in young athletes and how to positively develop leadership qualities within young players.  The interview is a must listen to all youth coaches looking for a competitive advantage over their colleagues.

For the complete interview, click here.

Thom McDonalds Bio:

(2001) Coaching Education Director (Basketball, Football, Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer)
High school participant in football (1st team All-state, 2x State champions), baseball, basketball, track;
Collegiate participant in football (Central College) – was All-conference, 4x Conference Champions, 4x NCAA tournament, Coached high school and college basketball for 10 years (Drake University, Florida State University) For more information, visit their website

Coach Stephen McCarthy Five Star Basketball 2013

Five Star Basketball: Where the coaching never stops

five star basketball
five star basketball

Coach Stephen McCarthy will be attending the following 2013 Five Star Basketball Camps in Chicago, IL.

We will be coaching at the following Five Star Basketball 2013 Camps this summer:

1. Summer Camp Lewis University Chicago (IL) June 30-July 3
2. Summer Camp Lewis University Chicago (IL) July 5-8
3. Super Session Chicago Location and Dates to be determined.

If you are interested in attending the camps mentioned, contact Stephen McCarthy at 612-741-0982.

Five Star Basketball’s Leigh Klein Talks Basketball

Five Star Basketball’s Leigh Klein and the NCAA’s

five star basketball
five star basketball

Leigh Klein joined us in the second hour to talk about how to take your game to the next level and the NCAA tournament.

For over 50 years, Leigh has owned Five Star Basketball and has worked with almost every big name in the game of basketball. To name a couple you might know.  Michael Jordan, Dick Vitale, Hubie Brown and Lebron James.

Leigh comes on the show around 85 minutes into today’s broadcast.

Five Star Basketball Coming to Minnesota

Five Star Basketball in Minnesota on May 18th

The McCarthy Project is pleased to announce that Five Star Basketball will be running a one day skill development camp for boys and girls on May 18th.

Five Star started in 1966 with the mission to provide a way for young people to learn how to play the game of basketball.  Elite coaches, players and personalities endorse Five Star Basketball: Dick Vitale, Rick Pitino and Hubie Brown.

Five Star Basketball
Five Star Basketball Camps May 18th in Minneapolis, MN

” The camp changed how I felt about the game of basketball and my future. It was a turning point in my life.” Michael Jordan commented on Five Star Basketball camps.

Players who have come through Five Star:  More than 400 Five-Star participants have played in the NBA, this includes Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Vince Carter, Alonzo Mourning, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Rip Hamilton, Ron Artest, Patrick Ewing, Moses Malone, Ben Gordon, JR Smith, Kevin Martin, Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, David West, Jarrett Jack, Steve Blake, David Lee, Kevin Durant as well as countless current players and projected NBA draft picks.

Saturday, May 18th, 2013

Minnehaha Academy

9am to 3pm. 1 hour lunch break

Athletes may arrive at 8:00am. Concession stand will be available

Cost is $75.00 per player.  Group discounts available.

For questions or to register, contact Stephen McCarthy from The McCarthy Project at 612-741-0982 or email at

All major credit cards accepted.  Payment in-full due prior to camp. Refunds will be issued up till 30 days before camp.



Minnesota High School Basketball

High School Basketball with Coach Keith Lockwood

Today we talked about high school basketball and the Minnesota State Basketball Tournament.  Secondly, we discussed Anders Broman of Lakeview Christian and Quinton Hooker of Park Center. Broman on unselfish play and Hooker improvement over the Junior-Senior summer. Lastly, we broke down how just being consistent is better than perfect form.

Host Stephen McCarthy and Keith Loockwood talked high school basketball
Host Stephen McCarthy and Keith Loockwood talked high school basketball

Coach Lockwood is Head Basketball Coach at White Bear Lake High School.  He has been part of their  high school basketball program since 1999, a head coach since 2005.  Previous to coaching basketball, he was an All-American at Winona State University in football.

For more information on Coach Lockwood, visit his website.

Sponsors: The online strength and speed development source for athletes, trainers, and coaches.

Five Star Basketball: The premier basketball skill development camp in the nation.

Boxing Training for Athletes

Boxing Biz and Boxing Training with Otis Howard

Today we talked with Otis Howard about the boxing training and current events.  UFC vs boxing, Manny Pacquiao losing over the weekend and Barnard Hopkins winning a championship at 48. Other subjects include Don King, Mike Tyson, and George Foreman.

Host Stephen McCarthy and Otis Howard talk boxing training.
Host Stephen McCarthy and Otis Howard talk boxing training

The second half of the interview focused on how boxing training can improve performance in other sports.  Otis works with pro football and basketball players.  He currently works with Micheal Floyd of the St. Louis Cardinals and Troy Bell, former player of the year at Boston College and current pro basketball player in Europe. We discussed his training program and the specific areas of sport that apply best.

Sponsors: The online strength and speed development source for athletes, trainers, and coaches.

Five Star Basketball: The premier basketball skill development camp in the nation.

Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball and Alex Conover

Minnesota Timberwolves Basketball News and Events

Alex Conover of the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball
Alex Conover of Minnesota Timberwolves basketball

For the last two years, Alex Conover has been covering the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball.  He has some great behind the scenes stories and news of some upcoming events.

Today, we covered how international players communicate when they dont speak the same language.  What makes Ricky Rubio special, both on and off the court.  On the business side, we talked about the growth in the fan base on the social media side and some the projects they are developing to increase the connection the organization has with the fans.

Sponsors: The online strength and speed development source for athletes, trainers, and coaches.

Five Star Basketball: The premier basketball skill development camp in the nation.





Basketball: Why Attend Out-State AAU Tournaments?

Today we looked into the reasons AAU programs must play out of state basketball tournaments.  Mal Mundy joined to talk about the benefits of playing against different competition and the better chances of getting noticed by coaches.

Coach Mundy last year had 9 of his 10 players receive Division 1 offers. Coach Mundy is the Founder and Director of Several Tournaments and Events in several different locations. Mal Mundy is a Leader/Mentor and Sponsors ASSISTS Academy Travel Basketball Team since 2009. Since 2009 Mal Mundy has help several student-athletes get full athletic scholarships in basketball. The purpose of each of the events is to attract College Coaches and help student-athletes get Nationally Recognition.

Visit Coach Mundy at

Sponsors: Online Source for speed and strength development.

Five Star Basketball: The premier source for summer basketball instruction.

Basketball: Expectations On and Off The Court

Tonight we spoke with Brian Sandifer from Grassroots Hoops Club in Minneapolis, MN about his basketball program and how he maintains expectations on and off the court.  The answer is relationships are king. And Brian lives this out on a daily basis.  He talks about how he has built relationships with not just the players, but parents and past players.

Click here to listen to the complete interview.

Nike Custom KD Basketball Shoes with Linsanity Socks

Check out the custom Nike KD’s and the Linsanity Nike elite socks.

nike basketball shoes
Nike Custom KD Shoes and Linsanity Nike Elite Socks

In a couple days, we will have a more detailed review of the shoes.

On the service side, it was amazing how fast and efficient Nike was in processing the order. They arrived within three weeks and that included shipping time from the Far East.

Linsanity Nike Elite socks are all show.  They are stock Nike socks with custom coloring.  No lie, they do have the cool factor.


Team Development in Elite Competition

Coach Tom Dasovich from Minnetonka High School Basketball and Coach Rod Aldoff from the Minnesota Wilderness Junior Hockey Club discussed how to develop a strong team culture in the short term and the long term.  Both coaches have had tremendous success in developing teams and the concepts discussed transcend the sport they coach.

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