Rwanda: Kings’ Coach Brown On How African Youngsters Can Reach Their Full Potential

Mike Brown, the head coach of National Basketball Association (NBA) side Sacramento Kings, has shared some experience with African youngsters on key things they need to do to take their game to the top level.

He was speaking to the media on Saturday, July 29, during the launch of four new NBA-sponsored basketball courts on the sidelines of the Basketball Without Borders camp which is underway in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The camp is bringing together 80 male and female high-school-age prospects from more than 25 African countries to learn from current and former NBA and WNBA players, legends and coaches.

The youngsters at the camp include Rwanda’s Jane Dusabe. The 18-year-old currently plies her trade with The Hoops Rwanda and represents the national women’s basketball team.

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Asked what he would advise the youngsters to put their game to the very maximum peak, Brown briefed them on focusing on the game and working hard to always strive to improve.

“They should keep working on their individual skill set, but do not lose sight of playing five on five, because everybody works on their individual game, and they’re extremely talented as individuals,” Brown said.

But, he said, sometimes that doesn’t translate to being able to play the game at the highest level with four other people on the court.

“So, spend a lot of time on your individual game. But try to go to the playground and play five on five or three on three. So you know how to do the simple things very easily. Passing, cutting, screening to help your teammates get better. Because not everybody can be Steph Curry. Not everybody can be Michael Jordan,” he added.