The Arizona All-Stars Basketball Academy (AABA) seeks out players who want to master the art of ball-handling. We spend time developing this skill with all of our players and expect our players to be completely dedicated to becoming expert with the rock.
We understand the universal rule that if you control the ball then you control the game. This fundamental is a crucial part of our training system. Used properly it can help you get out of jams on the court, it can get you into position to take a shot or it can help you free up a teammate to receive a pass. The problem is that this secret weapon is misused and abused by today's ball handlers.
All too often players try to get too flashy and fancy with their “Harlem Globe Trotter”, “Show Time” style of dribbling. Most often this only wrecks the morale and the pace of the game for your teammates.
Very few players are real ball handlers, but everyone in our system is trained to be one of those few.
A real ball handler must not only be able to control the ball well, he must also be a great, alert passer who always has his head up and can get the pass off in a fraction of a second.
He must have wide vision, see the whole floor and not be looking at the ball. As with anything, if you just master the fundamentals, you could join the elite and become a Real Ball Handler!
At the AABA we know that shooting is critical, but we also know that ball-handling is also important to a teams’ success.
Being a great ball handler is a pure individual skill that when developed not only builds confidence but will help you develop your other skills more quickly. Thus making you a valuable player to any team.
We Incorporate ball-handling into every one of our training sessions in order to guarantee to our student athletes that they will see their game explode to a whole new level!