For the past few months, the most commonly asked question at the UPB training facility has been “where’s Coach Packie?” For those still wondering, an opportunity fell into his hands to prepare draft prospects and facilitate a pro day for BDA Sports Management. To properly prepare these players for the NBA draft, BDA had Packie and their clients stationed in Santa Barbara to work with the renowned Peak Performance Project (P3) training facility who also call Santa Barbara home. The players and coaches visited P3 six days a week for athletic training off the court.
As for the time outside of P3, on the court, Packie and the Players frequented gyms around Santa Barbara, most frequently, Bishop Diego High School for their on-court work. This entailed expanding each players range of skills, brushing up on some fundamentals, and tweaking small parts of each of their games for the better. These daily gym sessions gave Packie the chance to watch film on players ahead of pro-day to better understand their tendencies and habits and learn the areas of their games to focus on come pro-day. These on court workouts were used to correct and better shape players games for the NBA, by making them more efficient through minimizing wasted motion. Not only were these players preparing themselves, but they also were preparing to face off against the elite athletes of the NBA.
As for the end goal of this multi-month process, the players would eventually workout in front of the coaches, managers and executives from throughout the NBA. This event is called pro-day, as the players are essentially using the workout as a non-verbal job interview with the teams interested in their talents. Prior to the pro-day itself, Packie created a rundown for the coaches running workouts and for the players taking part in them. This included opportunities for players to showcase their shooting, dunking, and game skills with a short but competitive scrimmage. With help from Jayson Hughes, Coach Chris, Coach Larisa, Coach Julian and Devon Brookshire, Packie successfully conducted the BDA Sports pro-day.
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“It's definitely worth it and it is a very long drive. A lot of people [say] ‘You could find something closer for your kids,’ but the benefit they get from it is beyond. You can't really quantify it in time or money. I just feel [that] it's such a positive confidence booster for them, and all three kids just feel good when they come out of there [and] they're smiling. It's increased their love for the sport, which I think is really important."
“They're invested in seeing him be successful on and off the court. So when he has struggles or some frustrations, it's been nice for them to give us some encouragement… You can’t always get that from different places. UPB is just not just a training place, it's a community. They want to see kids achieve.”