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@Master P posted:

Just out of curiosity, how much weight did he lose during the basketball season?

This is a problem for baseball players. My son started his growth burst towards the end of summer heading into high school. By spring he was 5’11 135. Strength was an issue because basketball took away from the time he could have spent strength training. He also couldn’t gain weight despite eating like a horse. He was talented enough to start on varsity freshman year on a bad team. But, upper body strength wise he was a little boy compared to varsity players.

We were shocked he was cut from the basketball program soph year. He skipped freshman ball for JV freshman year. He started at point. People who knew the game expected him to start at point and defend the top scorer. The coach told him he was already playing varsity soccer, would be playing varsity baseball in the spring and never showed up for “optional” offseason basketball work. He cut him altogether. That winter he focused on getting stronger. He went from not making varsity freshman year to first team all conference soph year. He was now driving the ball hard. Junior year he got elevation (homers) on his hits.

It was amusing to have a former ten year NBA veteran dad yelling at the coach  “Your best point guard is sitting in the stands” when the team struggled with traps. After a few games my son politely asked him to stop.

Still going good. 4 scrimmages down against 5A teams (we are 4A). "Won" all 4 pretty easily. We have used 8 different pitchers with no more then 2 innings in a game. One more scrimmage this Friday, then first tournament next week (BorderOlympics). Should be a good trip down south. Scheduled to play some good teams (5A, 6A, and 1 independent (private school)).

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