Tips Entering Tryouts with Grandview Heights Head Coach, Ray Corbett

Grandview Heights Head Coach, Ray Corbett, shares insight for players at all levels to best prepare for tryouts. Coaches are looking for players who showcase great attitudes, hustle and an enthusiasm for the game. Players must lock-in mentally to avoid any slippage when it comes to attention to detail. Be confident, give your best effort & be an energy giver.

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Coach Nathan Edick – Growing through Successes & Setbacks

Coach Nathan Edick sits down with Coach Adams to discuss lessons he has learned from his mentors on leadership, the process & what goes into winning. Coach Edick is a firm believer in daily deposits & focusing on effort rather than outcome.

Edick has collegiate coaching experience at the NCAA Division I, II & III levels. He was an understudy to coaching mentors throughout his coaching stops at the University of Tulsa, Virginia Commonwealth University, UVa-Wise & the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Edick, a 2007 graduate of Thomas Worthington, graduated from Otterbein University where he was the recipient of the Ohio Athletic Conference Clyde Lamb Award during his senior season. In his freshman season at Marietta College, he was #1 in the NCAA in three-point shooting after connecting on 54.8% of his three-point attempts.

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Coach Shane Adams – “It’s not about me”

Coach Shane Adams discusses his insights & thoughts on servant leadership, building relationships and defining your values & standards. Coach Adams instilled ABCD (Attitude, Belief, Commitment & Discipline) to develop & grow his culture. Everyone has the ability to produce other leaders & multiply their influences.

Coach Adams brings over 15 years of coaching experience at the high school and collegiate level. He is a State Champion in Colorado, achieving league Coach of the Year honors. Coach Shane was the co-owner and Coach of ABC Basketball in Colorado training over 500 committed 7th-12th grade athletes through the ABC basketball skill development program. As a Shoot-A-Way Basketball Clinician and National Sales Rep has presented Basketball Shooting demonstrations at over 50 Nike Basketball Coaches’ Clinics, 14 NCAA Final Four NABC Coaches’ Clinics (2003-2018), and State Coaches’ Clinics in Colorado, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin.

“What’s in the Well Comes up in the Bucket.”

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LD Williams – Get Comfortable being Uncomfortable

LD Williams, former standout at Wake Forest University, is currently playing in Finland for Torpan Pojat (ToPo) which has a 15-6 record. Williams averaged 17.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 3.4 APG & 1.5 SPG. LD was a four year starter at Wake Forest University (2006-2010) under Skip Prosser and Dino Gaudio. In 2008-2009 he was part of the Wake Forest team that started the season 16-0 and rose to be voted the #1 team in the nation. He started in 118 of his 119 games in his career and is the only Demon Deacon to be voted to ACC All-Defensive team multiple times (2). LD has been a pro since he graduated from Wake Forest and has played in various places across the globe. In 2012 he played in the NBA Summer League for the San Antonio Spurs.

Favorite Quote: “Basketball isn’t like Halloween just because you are wearing a costume doesn’t mean you’re going to get candy” – Skip Prosser
Meaning just because you have on a uniform doesn’t mean you’re going to get playing time. You must put in the work!!!

Best advice you would offer to younger players: Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Don’t come to the gym every day and work on the same things. Mix in some of the things you aren’t as gifted in, try to work on a new move/skill every week or so. DON’T BE ONE DIMENSIONAL.

Most memorable basketball moment: My first college game is by far my most memorable basketball moment. I was 18, we played North Carolina Central. My whole life I wanted to play at Wake Forest, I mean I grew up watching guys like Rodney Rodgers, Randolph Childress, Tim Duncan even Chis Paul was a little before my time. So being able to follow in their footsteps was surreal to me.

What is one area you wish you spent more time on growing up: When I was younger I wish I worked more on shooting the ball more consistently. I was usually bigger, faster and stronger than the guys I grew up with so I got by without having to be a consistent threat shooting wise. I made shots but it was never something I really needed in my game when I was younger. As I got older I was a bit hampered with consistency so I struggled at times, it wasn’t until I started making shots from the outside that I became a DEADLY scorer!!

LD Williams, Just Hoops Coach

Best teaching point a coach has ever given you: “Never delay gratitude” – Skip Prosser

How can players use Just Hoops to become a better player: Just Hoops is a great way for young players to fall in love with the process, coming in daily and working to get results is the best way to get better in my opinion. With the help of a great staff and state of the art equipment results will come. The environment is fun, intimate and most of all effective. If you’re serious about wanting to get better, there is no question about where to get that done!


My last point, basketball is fun make sure that you always keep it that way. Even in my professional years I’ve tried to keep that aspect as true as I can. It’s easy to get caught up into individual accolades and wins and losses, but at the end of the day it’s still a game. Be competitive, play with passion and emotion, work your tail off but make sure you have fun! Drake said it best “once I’m done having fun with it I’ll be done with it.”


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Just Hoops Reaction to NBA & USA Basketball Recommendations for Youth Development

The NBA & USA basketball recently released recommendations to make the game better, more enjoyable and more accessible to develop best practices for young players. The intent is to create an age-appropriate set of rules and standards that prioritize skill and development and health and wellness and that also allow kids to have early success in the sport.

The recommendations include:

  • Lower rims – eight-foot baskets for ages 7-8 and nine-foot baskets for ages 9-11 when possible. Lower rims will help develop proper shooting form and increase the chances of success, according to USA Basketball and the NBA.
  • The groups recommend using a basketball 27½ inches in circumference for ages 7-8 and 28½ inches for ages 9-11. For girls 12-14 and grades 9-12, the recommendation is a 28½-inch basketball for girls and a 29½-inch basketball for boys.
  • No three-point scoring for players 11 years old and younger.
  • A 24-second shot clock for high school players and a 30-second shot clock for players 12-14 years old.
  • No zone defense for players 11 and under.


The Just Hoops coaching staff sat down & discussed their reaction to the news coming from the NBA & USA basketball. Click on the following link to listen to our reaction via SoundCloud

Just Hoops Reaction to NBA, USA Basketball Recommendations


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Just Hoops Staff Spotlight – Kellon Thomas

Kellon Thomas is a Just Hoops coach who works with players in 1 on 1 sessions & conducts skill development classes. Kellon played for the Kent State University Flashes from 2012-2016 during which he became a 1,000-point scorer and led his team as captain both his Junior and Senior seasons. He completed his collegiate career at IUPUI where he was 14th in the nation for free throw percentage, shooting 90% from the line, and earned Honorable Mention recognition. Kellon was also a 1,000-point scorer at Southport High School in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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