In this section, we introduce the latest books, videos, CDs, and other tools that are primarily aimed at coaches, but certainly useful for all of our readers. Please send your suggestions and comments about our basketball-related media for review in this section.
Raffaele Imbrogno, former Director of the Italian Basketball Federation Study Center, is an Instructor with the Italian National Coaches Commitee of the Federation. Imbrogno is the author of several technical basketball pubblications.
Dr. Hal Wissel, a long-time coach, has the keys to his destiny sketched out in his curriculum vitae. Wissel studied at Springfield College (where basketball was invented by James Naismith, an instructor there) and earned a BS in physical education. He earned an MS in physical education at Indiana University, and then returned to Springfield and obtained a doctorate in physical education. Wissel is a well-respected coach who is considered an outstanding teacher of the game, especially shooting. Wissel has been a successful coach at both the college and pro level. As a head college coach, Wissel's teams compiled over 300 victories (at Springfield College, North Carolina Charlotte, Florida Southern, Fordham, Lafayette, and Trenton State). At the pro level, Wissel served as assistant coach and/or scout with Atlanta, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Dallas, and Memphis (where he was the "tutor" of Pau Gasol). In addition to coaching, he has also produced a wealth of technical material for coaches over the years. Coach Wissel founded Basketball World in 1972, which is now owned by his son Paul a Toronto Raptors advance scout. Another son, Scott is an LA Clippers advance scout. Hal, Paul and Scott conduct Basketball World camps, clinics and shooting camps world wide for players from youth to NBA level.
Wissel's first book, "Becoming a Basketball Player: Individual Drills" published by Basketball World was produced into a series of technical videos by the Athletic Institute in 1990. The videos titled "Becoming a Basketball Player" (Ball Handling, Shooting, Offensive Moves, Offensive Moves Off Dribble, Defense and Rebounding) are now being made into a DVD.
In 1994, Human Kinetics, the most prestigious and leading U.S. publisher of books and DVDs on technical aspects of sports, published Wissel's "Basketball: Steps to Success," which was a top seller in the U.S. with over 100,000 copies sold, and was translated in Spanish, Italian and Japanese. In 2004 Human Kinetics printed a second and revised edition (www.humankinetics.com).
In addition to this book, Wissel also has written many articles for technical sports magazines, such as "Scholastic Coach." He also wrote a chapter in "NABC Coaching Basketball," a 1994 book edited by Jerry Krause that featured articles from the top American basketball coaches.
Coach Wissel's latest work, two spectacular DVDs, took more than one year to produce, mainly because of Wissel's attention to coaching detail, a trademark of this long-time coach.
Released at the end of 2005, Wissel, along with the help of his two sons, Scott and Paul, both NBA scouts, helps the viewer learn how to shoot in step-by-step fashion. No matter what age or talent level the DVDs are for everyone and anyone, who wants to improve shooting skills and raise their shooting percentage.
In "Basketball Shooting: Confidence, Rhythm, and Mechanics" Wissel points out that shooting a basketball is a matter of these key factors: having confidence that the shot will go in, which is a mental skill that must
be practiced; the smooth, fluid rhythm of the shot, with emphasis on the down and up action of the knees, which helps provide shooting range; and correct mechanics with particular attention paid to the shooting hand facing the basket and holding the follow through until the ball reaches the rim.
In the second DVD, "Basketball Shooting: Off the Pass, Off the Dribble, and in the Post," Wissel describes how to best develop all other aspects of the jump shot, with an accurate description of hand, foot, and overall body position when a player is about to shoot after receiving a pass, after a dribble, while playing in the post, and finally with the step back move. In short, these DVDs offer the best of teaching fundamentals and will help form the base of a player's offensive arsenal. (www.basketballworld.com ).