Men's Basketball

Day Two In Africa

Myke Scholl leads a session in Africa.
Myke Scholl leads a session in Africa.

Aug 14, 2013

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Editor's Note: LMU Men's Basketball Associate Head Coach Myke Scholl is spending a week in Africa as lead clinician at the Zuku University Basketball League's coaching clinic. This is the second update from Scholl during his coaching clinic trip. He spent more than eight years working in Africa before coming to LMU.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Africa -- I am now in Nairobi, the vibrant and thriving capital city of Kenya with a population of just over three million people. Kenya gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1963 and is the most stable and longest standing Republic in East Africa.

It is famous for its safaris, the vast amount of wildlife as well as, its' breathtaking national parks which include the Masai Mara, East Tsavo and West Tsavo. These parks were made famous to Americans through National Geographic.

Africa in general has an extremely strong sense of unity and togetherness. I have always been moved by the motto of Kenya that is HARAMBEE which is a Swahilli word meaning "Let us all pull together."

In a few days here I can already see Kenya's commitment to developing both physical and human infrastructure. I am glad to be a part of the world basketball community pulling together for the development of young coaches in our game.

We started the 1st annual ZUBL coaching clinics here in Kenya. There are 42 coaches in attendance representing 34 universities throughout Kenya. The first things I noticed with the coaches here is their passion for basketball and their desire to learn more about the game.

The second thing I saw was how grateful they are to me and anyone else who is willing to give their time to help them achieve their goals of becoming the best basketball coaches they can be. It's wonderful to work in an environment where GRATITUDE is the prevailing sentiment. I sometimes feel that in America we often overlook gratitude, because in general we have been blessed with so much. My longer history in Africa helps me stay grounded and so very grateful for the many blessings in my life, especially the opportunity I have at LMU to coach and develop our student-athletes in basketball and in life.

I designed the clinic content along with the participant coaches to ensure that we are covering topics that were specifically geared towards the needs of this environment. All the coaches provided written feedback through a pre-clinic questionnaire created to meet the coaches most pertinent coaching needs. They also provided oral expectations in the opening session of the clinic.

The first day covered defensive execution and included the following topics:
· Transition Defense
· Individual Defense (Including on the ball, off the ball, post defense....etc)
· Team Defense
· Defending Ball Screens

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