Playing Point Guard
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Venable said. “I have to do what I have to do regardless of who we’re playing or if the other team has a good point guard. My team needs me. I’m not going to change how I play just because I’m play- ing against another good point guard.”
DEALING WITH PRESSURE
Few know more about dealing with pressure than Bishop O’Connell point guard Kendall Marshall. As a sixth- grader, the Dumfries, Va., native gar- nered media attention when an editor of an online publication ranked Marshall the nation’s No. 1 recruit for that age group. As a high school sophomore, Marshall committed to the University of North Carolina. As a senior, Marshall is the nation’s No. 22 overall recruit in the class of 2010 and the No. 6 point guard, according to ESPN.com.
While Marshall plays a position which attracts the focus of others, the 6-foot-4 left-hander has faced scrutiny longer than many could imagine.
“It’s tough. That’s probably one of the hardest things for me as I’ve grown up
since I was 12 years old. I’ve always
been in the spotlight,” Marshall said. “You just have to keep working hard and be able to get through that because at the end of the da , people are going to criticize you. The more you’re in the spot- light, the more they’re going to be nitpick , the more they’re going to no- tice all the [bad] things instead of the positive things you do, so you just have to be able to stay positive and work hard.”
Marshall said he felt more pressure once he committed to North Carolina.
“I had that target on my back now,” he said. “All eyes are on me every time I
step on the court. People whisper be- hind your back, they’re talking about you: ‘That’s the kid right there.’ So I just have to go out and perform every night.”
Marshall has the ability to score, but makes his biggest impacts distributing the ball, playing defense and being a leader.
“I approach every game, first of all, thinking I’m going to win,” he said. “You have to go into the game with that mentality. … Second of all, I have to put my team on my back. Not scoring- wise, but to put them all on the same page. … It takes a lot of confidence. … [There is] a fine line between being cocky and confident. You have to be able to yell at a player and realize off the court you all are still going to be cool, but he can hate you … on the court. He will follow you if you tell him the right thing.”
Dr. Keith Kaufman, a Washington, D.C. therapist specializing in sports psy- cholog , said the best way for a point guard to deal with pressure and be a successful leader is to maintain balance in his or her approach.
A point guard should “be decisive and confident but at the same time be bal- anced and incorporate as many facets as possible,” Kaufman said. “… Basket- ball players like to get really fired up but they need to make sure they’re not too fired up so they’re making good decisions and thinking clearly. … [A point guard should] express confidence and decisiveness but at the same time survey the opinions of teammates. … If you have a point guard who isn’t buying into what the rest of the team is doing that can create a lot of prob- lems.”
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