Not long after Tim Ohlbrecht won his second-straight D-League title as a member of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants this past season, his attention quickly shifted to the offseason and getting better.
Ohlbrecht did not have to look any further than San Antonio's renowned shooting coach, David Jones.
Known as the "Shot Doctor", Jones is the founder and president of Shooting For Success and recently took time to talk about his training sessions with Ohlbrecht this offseason.
For those not familiar with Shooting For Success, can you give us some insight about starting the coaching and training service?
I had the idea to start Shooting For Success after I finished my 13 years of professional basketball, where I played from Austria, Poland to Germany. I wanted to give back to the youth and those around the game for what basketball provided me for so many years. The goal is to help teach life skills through the game of basketball and helping kids and others plan for their future. It does not matter if you're in academics or sports you're always shooting for success.
How do you prepare and plan to work with a player?
The way I prepare and plan to work with players is to find out who I'm training and what their skills sets are. I've been very fortunate to have the experience and knowledge of the game to teach the fundamentals at a very high level to help players get to the highest level possible, including working with Jeremy Lin on perfecting his shooting skills prior to the 2010 NBA Draft.
You have been busy putting in work with Scorers 1st own Tim Ohlbrecht. How has the training been going and how often are the sessions?
Working with Tim has been a lot of fun and a full of a lot of success. Tim came to me willing and ready to learn. We talked and really got a chance to know each other and spoke about how I'm going to improve his game. We've increased Tim's free throw shooting, jump shots, dribbling and footwork out on the perimeter. Our training sessions are 5 days a week making over close to 1000 shots per day. Those are not just shots, but made shots.
Can you share about Tim's strengths and also areas of growth that you have noticed thus far?
Tim's strengths are working down in the low post with great footwork. Tim's growth is focused on higher free throw percent shooting, jump shots and ball handling. Tim has been very committed in getting better and we are up at 5am for training, running 2 to 3 miles per day as well as all the shooting that we're doing each day.
What do you hope will be the result of your coaching and training with Tim?
With the training Tim and I have been doing, I know he will be very successful with basketball and in life. Tim and I talk a lot about life and people. We talk about the opportunity that we both have in life. Not just about basketball but how we have come together even though we come from different countries. That's why Shooting For Success is not just about basketball, it's a way of life.
For more information on David Jones and Shooting For Success, visit his website and contact information here
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