Every year thousands of former college basketball players venture overseas to play professional basketball in hopes of competing at the highest level and growing their game to the next level -- former Valparaiso University guard Erik Buggs is one of those guys. After two seasons playing in Switzerland, Buggs will spend the 2015-16 season with U. Catolatica in Santiago, Chile, where he'll take you inside his life on and off of the court in pro basketball...
The first of many posts this season....here we go. Right now I'm currently in my last few days of preparing to pack my bags for my third season as a professional basketball player and I couldn't be more excited for this new adventure into a different league mainly due to the change in playing styles I'll be experiencing.
The last couple of seasons in Europe things were more of a slow grind it out pace and while I enjoyed success in those systems I've always been a more fast paced player. This season will be a lot more uptempo than what I've experienced the last couple of years and I'm more than pumped to get down there and play to my strengths which has always been my speed and athleticism.
This summer has been one of my most intense summers of training yet!
I've gotten back to my hometown of Memphis, TN and I've switched trainers and we have been grinding extremely hard to get me prepared for a breakout year. Maurice "Moe" Miller (former professional basketball player and Georgia Tech alum) has been a player I've played against in high school and one of my good friends and has also been my trainer throughout the summer. His program -- Fast P.A.C.E Athletics -- has been in charge of my daily routine of morning shooting, midday conditioning, and skill work at night. What's so unique about working with Moe is that with him being not so far removed from the game of basketball at a high level is that he knows exactly what is going on in today's game which allows him to formulate his workout on current day skills I need to master. I honestly have felt myself growing as a basketball player in multiple facets of the game and I owe a lot of that to the training I've undergone this summer.
Incase you were wondering, here is a breakdown of the summer routine we go through daily.
We get up in the morning and it's usually just a slow pace warm up just to get the blood flowing, nothing strenuous at all. We get up about 500-600 shots and then we recess until we see each other for our skill work later that night. During the afternoon I usually try to run somewhere between 2-4 miles a day depending on how sore I am from the previous day's workout. Later that night we meet up and get to work on the hardest part of the day which is skill work and technique. During that session we breakdown a series of ways to score, ball handling, and other essentials that we will need to dominate a game.
I know this offseason dedication will benefit me this season in Chile and beyond. I can't wait to go to to work. Thanks to Fast P.A.C.E Athletics for helping me get ready and to the staff here at Scorers 1st for opportunity to share with you my overseas journey.
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