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From classroom to court

Phillip Worsham, 42, kinesiology major (R), Mariela Ventura, 19, psychology major and Basketball-Theory instructor Devin Engenbretsen go over plays during class. Photo by || Jason Van Sandt || [email protected]

The playground is occasionally the starting point for a complex thought. Scoring a 3-pointer in the elementary school basketball courts can brew into a love for the game. Watching NBA games as a kid,wearing Air Jordans shoes, and more importantly, continuing to play the game may all be signs of a basketball fan.

In the Kinesiology 346 class, Theory of Basketball, students can extend their understanding of the game and ultimately create their own coaching philosophy, says the class’s professor and women’s basketball coach Devin Engebretsen.

“Look at all this room right here,” says Engebretsen, pointing to a diagram of a basketball court. “If we do this play like this, [the center] might catch the ball over here and it turns a lay up into a short jumper. What would you like more?”

“A lay up,” say three students in the class.

“I love lay ups,” says Engebretsen. “Not a big fan of short jumpers.”

Besides learning the basics of basketball, Engebretsen says the goals of the class are to learn the different rules of basketball across different levels, designing a conditioning program for a basketball team, learning strategies for in-game situations, analyzing videos of basketball games, and how to coach with cooperation with players, coaches, and team personnel, according to the class syllabus.

Lacking experience in playing basketball, Dolores Johnson, nursing major, says she struggles with learning basketball plays such as the “stagger screen”.

“I really thought [the class] was going to be [about] the basics of everything,” Johnson says.

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“On and off the court I know what to do,” Bailey says. “In practice it helps me realize what the coach is telling me, and how he coaches.”

While learning the technical aspects of basketball grabs the attention of a competitive player such as Bailey, a basketball fan such as managerial economics major Westley Warren says he takes the knowledge he learns from the class to his love for the game.

“My dad coached me when I was a kid, and so [learning how to coach is] something I wanted to do when I teach my kids,” Warren said.

Engebretsen says the course’s required assignments surprised most of the 15 enrolled students, with the homework, quizzes, a final, and a final project to create a playbook. However, for a basketball enthusiast such as music major Mateo Brown, the chance to show off what he knows is what the class is all about.

“For this play, there’s a slip,” says Brown, demonstrating his play on the board. “The [shooting guard] and the [center] move towards the [small forward] setting up the stagger screenplay. Just before the [small forward] gets close to the [shooting guard], the [shooting guard] slips and cuts to the basket.”

Ultimately, all students are required to develop a coaching philosophy that will be demonstrated in their playbook final project that will also outline a coaching program.

“My philosophy is put it out there,” Engebretsen says. “Share the wealth.”

The Theory of Basketball course will be available to students for the Spring 2012 semester Mondays from 5:30-7 p.m. with Kinesiology, Health and Athletics Professor Andrew Jones.

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