Whitney Young (Chicago) guard Miles Reynolds is thoroughly convinced that basketball produces the best athletes of any sport.
“I just can’t think of another sport that does more over the course of a game,” Reynolds said. “On every play you’re making some sort of athletic play. It’s definitely basketball.”
Still not convinced?
Check out Reynolds’ reasons.
Why did you say the ultimate athlete was in basketball?
“You have to be able to run fast, jump high, have balance, coordination… For you to succeed in basketball you have to be really good at all of those things. That’s not the case in other sports.”
For people who disagree, what drill specific to basketball would you like to see them try?
“We do 10 sprints, down and back, in under 50 seconds. That’s just to start practice.”
What sport comes after basketball in producing the best athletes?
What's the best measure of a true athlete (strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?
“I think it’s hand-eye coordination. If you think about it, that’s the thing that separates great athletes.”
Who is the best athlete in your sport, past or present?
What is the best example of something you have seen personally that shows why basketball has the ultimate athlete?
“Well, most people don’t expect guards to get up and block shots off of the glass. It’s hard because you have to have the right timing and everything. I’ve done that a few times.”
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