Paul Biancardi Private Coaching Clinic - Recap
Saturday, October 26th marked the first Paul Biancardi private coaching clinic, held at the Cannon School in Concord.
The clinic was broken into two sessions – middle schoolers in the morning and high schoolers in the afternoon.
Middle school session at the Biancardi clinic
Each session was capped at 24 participants to ensure an intimate ratio between the participants and coaches and was targeted to those participants who were intentional about being pushed to take their game to the next level. The clinic brought out some exceptional talent – from players with small college potential to high Division I potential. The clinic had multiple players who were ranked in the top 20 nationally of their class according to the ESPN rankings.
Paul approached this clinic different than traditional skills clinics and camps. The group spent the time hyper-focused on concentrated skill development and situational awareness. Wisdom was being imparted throughout the day as the participants got ready for their school season. Messages conveyed the importance of practicing as hard as you play and “living low” meaning ensuring that you’re always in a basketball stance with your knees bent, even in circumstances in which players tend to stand upright. Paul was surrounded and supported by an outstanding group of coaches and teachers. Nick Trull, Anders Broman, Jason Barnes, and Cristian Barber. The players received the best training to become the best version of themselves.
Said Paul about the genesis and takeaways from the clinic: “Regardless of your talent level, the private practice session was a fantastic three hours of basketball with a top-notch staff. The mission was to prepare the players for the start of the season. This was done from both a physical aspect and a basketball IQ standpoint. The next step Is for the players to take what they learned and now know and transfer it to their development.”
The next Biancardi clinic will be held in Spring 2020. Keep checking back on coachbiancardi.com and Paul’s Twitter for news about the next clinic. The practice plan for this clinic can be found below.
High school session at the Biancardi clinic
Coach Paul Biancardi has had a deep and highly successful career in the game of basketball. He played and was a captain at Pope John High School and Salem State College. At Salem State, he played for current Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president Tom Thibodeau. Coach Biancardi then went on to coach at the Division III level and then onto 20 years at the Division I level including stops at Boston University, Boston College, Ohio State University, Saint Louis University, and Wright State University, where he was named Horizon League Coach of the Year. He currently serves as the National Director of Recruiting at ESPN where he is responsible for ranking, grading, and evaluating the nation's best talent.
Here's a clip from Coach B on ESPN:
"Having talent means you have a temporary advantage until someone works harder than you. Work to raise your talent, don't rest on it."
-Coach Paul Biancardi
Here's what others are saying about Coach Biancardi:
...and here's what Rick Majerus said about Coach B:
"I am very happy for Paul," Majerus said. "He did a terrific job for us. Paul is an excellent teacher of the game and an outstanding coach who will be missed by me, our staff and our players. Paul was a tireless worker. In a difficult situation, he excelled. Paul distinguished himself by his class and work ethic.
"ESPN is a great organization," Majerus said. "They call them the 'World Wide Leader' for a reason. Paul will fit right in. He has demonstrated the adept ability to identify and evaluate talent at a high level. He is diligent, determined, very smart and a self-starter."