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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Offseason Offerings: Mitch McGary

By Jason Jordan

With the offseason in full effect, ballers around the country have begun what is widely regarded as one of the most grueling grind modes of the year as they prepare for the up-and-coming season.

Every week we’ll profile one of the top players in the country and have them dish on one of their most unorthodox training methods and explain why it’s been so beneficial.

Next up?

Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) forward Mitch McGary.

The Drill: Exploding speed dunks
McGary
Mitch McGary said explosion is one of the keys to being effective in the paint.
The Rundown: “What I do is place two balls on the block and when the clock starts I have to bend down and grab one ball and dunk it. Then I grab the next ball and dunk it.

All the while I have two people rebounding for me and placing the balls back on the block. I get 30 seconds to see how many dunks I can do and then I bump it up to a minute. I get about 18 dunks in 30 seconds, but I try to improve each time.”

The benefit: “This drill is great for explosion and power. At my position it’s crucial to be able to be quick off of your feet and go up strong. That means you’ve got to have strong legs and this drill will give you that. It’s one of the best drills that I do.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN