We recently had a chance to catch up with John Evans. John has been with the HCE program since the beginning as he played for the original Homecourt Edge team back in 2007. John currently manages our HCE program in Irvine and trains and coaches numerous players and teams throughout our program. Check out the interview below.
1. Tell us about the day you wanted to be a basketball trainer?
Growing up I never thought that I would be training/coaching all I wanted to do was play basketball. I dedicated a lot of my time practicing and watching the game. My dream was to play college ball and see how far It could take me. Unfortunately that dream was cut short due to multiple injuries and hardships that I couldn’t overcome so I stop playing. Having such a strong love for the game was a curse and gift, it’s the only thing I wanted to do. Unsure on what I wanted to do with my life I went back to where everything started for me, HCE. As a kid I would attend all the HCE camps in summer, but there was one specific camp that I remember most. It was the summer of my junior year and I was the oldest kid there by at least three years. My trainer/coach at that time, Jared Lloyd allowed me to have my own station for a day that I was in charge of. Of course I didn’t think anything of it at the time but little did I know that day a seed was planted in me. Working a 9 to 5 job while trying to channel my passion for basketball tore me apart. I met with Jared Lloyd last year about joining the HCE staff before quitting my job to train/coach full time and I haven’t looked back since. Now that I am training/coaching I always think back to that one day at camp to when that seed was planted. It was a leap of faith that I will never regret.
2. What % of time should players be working on skill development in comparison to just playing?
When it comes to managing your time with training and playing. I believe that 60% of training and 40% playing is a good balance. Training is where you take your game to the next level continuous reps is how you build confidence and consistency, which are two important qualities in basketball. When you’re training you want to focus on how to get to certain spots on the floor and all the different type of shots you can take in those spots. Of course you have to play in order for you to see your training pay off. When you play you have to try and implement what you work on which is the ultimate test of your training. It’s very important that you don’t get discourage if you don’t see results right away. Like everything in life it’s a process , you must learn to have confidence in your training and the focus to stay in the flow of your game.
3. If you could go back in time and talk and train the 14 year old "you" what advice and workouts would you have for him on his basketball journey?
If I could go back in time to train 14 year old me , I would definitely increase my hours of training and focus on my ball handling and conditioning. Having the ability to get to any spot on the floor is a rare talent. I’m not talking about all the flashy ball handling drills, just drills that worked on your counter moves. When I say counter moves I’m referring to moves you make when someone cuts you off like wraps , between the legs and retreat dribbles. Fundamental dribbling is becoming a lost art in today’s game. When it comes to conditioning , you can always be in better shape. Often in the game players make simple mental mistakes due to fatigue.
4. What are your goals as a trainer/coach this year?
My only goal for this year is learning to train/coach the right way and helping the players max out their potential. Confidence is a big part of this game and so is hard work. Finding creative ways to change every players mindset to instill confidence and tapping into their hearts to ignite that determined drive is my only goal for this year.