Chris Paul had some wise words for talented area high schoolers in Winston-Salem, North Carolina at the CP3 Elite Guard Camp. It’s advice that some of these players won’t truly know the wisdom of, until they are playing at the next level. Most of these kids are so athletic that they can get wherever they want to on the court, and so can keep dribbling until they get into the paint and score from there. The game changes when you are playing people just as fast, strong, and tall as you though.
“See I had to transition my mind to start shooting floaters because once you get to the league guys are longer and way more athletic,” Paul told the campers. “It’s so important for your game to evolve, and adding a floater opens up so much more offensively. It’s just something else that keeps the defense guessing and makes you more dangerous offensively.”
Bryany Crawford, a sophmore at Gonzaga High School(D.C.), then went through several dribbling drills as well as floater drills.
“When CP3 broke it down like that it made so much sense,” Crawford said. “I know that from now on I’m going to be using the floater so much more. It’s hard because I’m a young guy and I’m really confident so I always want to take it all the way to the hoop. Now I’ll use the floater more.”
The camp invites some of the best guard talent from around the country to listen to Chris Paul’s words, and then try to put his words into action.
“CP3 is the best point guard in the NBA,” said Jennifer, a rising sophomore point guard at John Carroll (Bel Air, Md.). “We’d be crazy not to listen to him.”
Jennifer makes a great point; Paul was the 1st team All NBA point guard as well as All Defensive 1st team. He just led the Los Angeles Clippers to their best winning percentage in franchise history and the second round of the NBA playoffs. Anybody would be crazy not to listen to him.