On Point: Derrick Wilson Blog Entry No. 6

Derrick is keeping close tabs on former MU players in the NBA Summer League.

July 23, 2014

Hey, what's up everybody?

This past week has been pretty busy for the most part. We have had two team workouts this week, which I thought went well. The great Mr. Jack Harbaugh also came to visit on Tuesday and gave great advice for us individually and as a team. Also, this is a camp week so it's always good to have kids around who are excited to play basketball.

I'll start with the good stuff first. So, this week we had two team workouts. For the most part they went well, but we still have a lot of work to do. With that being said, I feel that we took steps in the right direction. As everybody knows, we lack in size in the post positions, however from what I have seen these past two days we have guys who play hard enough and are talented enough to make up for that lack of size.

In the end, I think each of us saw some good stuff and we also saw stuff we need to improve on. We are not where we need to be, like most college teams in America, but then again as time goes on, we will get there. It's all a process and success does not happen overnight.

A little background information on Mr. Harbaugh. He played college football at Bowling Green University and was drafted to the NFL. After his playing career, he coached college football for 41 years and in 2003 became one of Marquette's associate athletic directors. He has three kids, two of whom are among the best coaches in the NFL, John and Jim, and a daughter, Joani, who is married to current Indiana University men's basketball coach and former Marquette coach Tom Crean.

So, as you can tell Mr. Harbaugh comes from an elite family, that's had great success. Now let me tell you, he might be one of the best storytellers I have heard in my lifetime. I can go on and on about the amount of wisdom he gave to us, but I'll break down to the five main ingredients to become successful - discipline, attitude, enthusiasm, perseverance and persistence. By being great in these five areas every day, individually and as a group, we will help accomplish things that people doubt we can do. The stories he told about those five words and additional stories about his family and experiences inspired the team and fired us up.



The last thing he said to us was, "there are two kind of people in this world, gamers and non-gamers, you choose which one you want to be." Being a gamer is what I am choosing. Being great every day is far from easy, but as Mr. Harbaugh put it, "as long as you're getting one-percent better every day, that's a successful day."

Lastly, I would like to acknowledge all of our former Marquette players, Dwight Buycks, Vander Blue, Jamil Wilson and Davante Gardner, who were playing in the NBA summer league in Las Vegas these past couple of weeks. I did not get a chance to catch all of the games, but did check the stats and scores every night and I have to say I was impressed. Congrats fellas and I wish you all the best of luck in these next couple of months on your journey of chasing your dreams.

Well, that's it for this week, until next time, peace out.


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