By Madisen Carter
Basketball has always been an immense focal point of DyShawn Hobson’s life. He was introduced to the game by his father and has been playing ever since he was a child. Basketball has been a driver for Hobson’s life decisions from playing in high school, to playing at a Division I school, to now working at Unlimited Potential Basketball as a Player Development Coach.
Hobson grew up in Oregon and graduated from Corvallis High School in 2018. In high school, Hobson was a two-year starter at the point guard position and averaged 15.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists as a senior, he was even ranked the No. 2 point guard in the state of Oregon by Prep Hoops. After high school, Hobson played two years at Bushnell University before transferring to his hometown college Oregon State.
When Hobson transferred to Oregon State in 2020, he had hopes of taking on bigger challenges and building his connections in the basketball world. He said that the transition was tough, but it was a good experience that helped set him up for his career in player development and as a coach. The key takeaway that Hobson took from his time at Oregon State was understanding the amount of attention to detail that goes into a player’s preparation on a day to day basis, including how film was broken down and the X’s and O’s in a player’s game.
“I feel that the best assets that I had as a basketball player always revolved around IQ, decision making, knowing the game, and studying it better than a lot of players that may have been more talented athletically,” Hobson said. “So I think transitioning in that and using that to help other players reach their goals is a big thing for me, and I think [that] will be really beneficial.”
Now at UPB, Hobson can use all the skills and tools he has developed as a Division I athlete to now a Player Development Coach. Hobson heard about UPB and Coach Packie Turner through social media, as well as through his former teammate Ethan Thompson, an individual that Coach Packie helped prepare for the 2021 NBA Draft. Once he saw that UPB was hiring, had a few interviews and was offered the job, he knew that UPB would be the best step for him in his career and bring him great opportunities.
“[Here at UPB,] I really just want to be on the fly on the wall with Packie [and] learn a lot about player development at all levels. The good thing about here at UPB, they [work with] all age groups so you can really learn how to bring it down from someone who's five to someone who's a pro,” Hobson said.
One of the goals Hobson has for his time at UPB is to soak in and learn as much as possible so he can be able to work with professional players. He said working at UPB is a beneficial opportunity and he appreciates all the work Coach Packie has put into UPB and the work he has put in with BDA Sports in Santa Barbara.
Hobson’s ultimate goal in basketball is to push the game forward and continue to build his network while helping players he works with reach their goals. Wherever he ends up in his career, whether that is working in the NBA, WNBA, coaching in college, or player development, building relationships is the most important thing to him as he continues his career and makes a name for himself.
“My path, where it's taken me, I'd never thought I'd be able to even be on a Division I roster, [and] I never thought I would be working in San Francisco days after graduating,” Hobson said. “The game can just take you a lot of places and I want to keep pushing that forward. I mean, there's too many opportunities related around ball and some lines. It's a game [and] it's a life for a lot of people.”