Shooting & Scoring

Learn how to shoot a basketball better, and improve your accuracy, and become a better all-around offensive threat. | taught by Raj Shah

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Raj Shah
Raj Shah
Shooting Instructor

My Story: All Day I Dream about Shooting

I grew up and hooped at parks, schools and gyms for over 20 years in Chicago, but I never made the junior high team, the high school team, or the college team.

Steve Kerr was my favorite Chicago Bull (yes, seriously), so shooting became my thing.

So, I assumed, “if I practiced shooting hundreds of shots, if I shot with the right form, I could easily make the team.”

Not in this city, Chi city.

The only way to make a team was to beat out hundreds of players your age for one of the 15 spots on your school’s team. I was always a decent player, but I learned the hard way: decent players don’t get picked up by their school, they play pick-up basketball after school.

And if you play pick up ball, you don’t get a coach, or big brother teammates, or training equipment to help you develop your game.

It sucks not being able to compete against the best players your age, but you know what, it didn’t hurt that bad: basketball never stops in Chicago (or anywhere else for that matter), so if you can get your hands on a Wilson Evolution, then you too can have a BALL, anytime.

As the years went by and I grew up, my desire to play competitively fanned out, but my desire to study basketball – particularly the skill of shooting – took flight. I became a student of the dopest game in the world.

I read books, I watch videos, and I spend hours in the gym studying the art, the math, the psychology, the physics, the kinesiology that goes behind each and every shot that goes up.

I study amateurs, I study pros. I study dudes, I study chicks. I study coaches, I study skills trainers. I study good shooters, I study bad shooters.

I try different shooting drills, I try different shooting aids. I practice with my right, I practice with my left. I practice outside on double-rims, and I practice indoors on the nice ones.

You know that feeling you get when you think you forgot your wallet, keys or phone somewhere? If a whole waking hour ever goes by where I don’t daydream about taking a shot, I absorb that same shock, like, “oh shit, I’m forgetting to do something.”

You know when you come across a cheesy, funny, or motivational quote, and you think, “how many likes and retweets can I get with this on Facebook or Twitter?” I think, “how can I or others apply that message to shooting?”

I humble-brag about my obsession with shooting, because I understand I can only truly acquire knowledge by sharing it. That’s why I started, Every Child’s Basketball Academy, so that we can dribble ideas off each other, rebound from setbacks, and pass around lessons and secrets down to the next generation of hoopers.

If ball is life, then make the decades of experience you go through as meaningful as possible. Make it mean something greater than you.