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Posted on Jan 22, 2015

Making better hoop players

JD Taylor of Elite Hoop Effects in East Wenatchee looks for his students to improve one step at a time.
You will hear him tell his young basketball players to get “one more better.”
According to Taylor, the expression “practice makes perfect” is obsolete.
The 1994 Washington State Player of the Year and member of the Seattle Times All-Time Star Time basketball list is replacing that old saying with “practice makes permanent.” He wants youth basketball players to practice good habits on the court, so they become natural to their game.  He adopted the saying from one of his players several years ago.
Taylor will be in Quincy on Wednesdays to conduct training sessions at the EHE Training Center in the old Chinook Lumber warehouse located at 815 2nd Ave SW. The fee is $10 per session or $30 for the month if paid up front. There are two time slots – 4-5:30 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.
“It’s been great,” said Scott Bierlink. “It gives the kids something to do. He’s good with the kids.”
Other EHE opportunities
Taylor is also offering an 8-week functional basketball class focusing on “intense functional game situation training for offense and defense.”
Taylor said he will be teaching liveball situations where players must read and react and learn how to function at game level.  He advises to bring a friend you want to play against.
“It is constant drills and movement,” Taylor said.  “They have to graduate from skill set to skill set.”
There will be sessions in two ages groups – 5th through 7th and 8th through high school. The classes start Jan. 24 and run to March 7. Space is limited to 10 players per session. Contact Coach Taylor at 509-387-1842 or email
“Listen to the system. It has been very successful,” Taylor said.  “We want to help raise awareness of basketball.”

-Kurtis J. Wood/Post-Register