“Fundamentals are the most crucial part of my game in the NBA," said former NBA star Michael Jordan. "Everything I did, everything I achieved, can be traced back to the way I approached the fundamentals and how I applied them to my abilities. They really are the basic building blocks or principles that make everything work.” The Granite Bay Basketball Academy is designed for boys and girls currently in fourth grade through the eighth grade. All instruction will take place at Granite Bay High School under the direction of the Grizzlies' basketball staff and players. The GBBA is centered on the basic fundamentals of basketball. By establishing a foundation built upon the fundamentals of basketball, players will be able to develop their individual game, which will enhance their team experience. The focus will be to teach players how to play the game correctly first and foremost and then show the players how to integrate those skills into a team concept. Players will have the opportunity to display their skills on their GBBA team by participating in local AAU tournaments and leagues. What separates GBBA from other programs is that it is connected with Granite Bay High School. The skills and philosophies that will be taught within this program are the same ones that are taught at the High School level. The program will provide players with skill development including the fundamentals of playing hard and playing smart, high intensity dribbling from a control and attacking perspective andproper technique in developing a shot. “Understanding that the quality of the footwork will determine the quality of the shot," said Boston Celtic sharpshooter Ray Allen. Players will learn how to break down a defender to create for a teammate or to get your own shot. They will learn how motivation plus intensity equal individual defensive accountability and discover the secrets of the ball-you-man philosophy in team defense. Proper on ball and jumping to the ball philosophies will also be stressed. Players will learn team skills through participation in local leagues based upon skill level, participation in local AAU tournaments based upon skill level and participation in elite AAU tournaments to showcase their abilities Practices will be held every Monday and Wednesday night in the Granite Bay High gym starting March 1. For more information contact Jimmy Carroll at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530-613-2407.