Getting to Know, Bryan and Mo.
Learn more about our Dime Athletics Basketball Trainers at the NAC, Bryan and Mo Bailey.
When did you guys realize basketball, both as a player and trainer, was what you wanted to focus your career on?
(Bryan): Growing up, I always loved the game of basketball and wanted to play professionally. I believe some time in High School, was when I realized that I could play at a very high level and be successful. While attending Bucknell University, I matured as a player and it became clear that I could make a career as a professional athlete. During my playing years, I always thought of what I wanted to do when my playing days were over. I knew that I wanted to stay in the sports field and give back to younger players. My brother and I would train younger kids during our off-season when we were home, and it was something that we loved doing. We both are passionate about sports and fitness, which led us both to become certified strength and conditioning specialists (CSCS).
(Mo): As for basketball, toward the end of my high school career is when I seriously started thinking about playing basketball on a professional level. Throughout my college years at Sacred Heart University, I knew that I wanted to play proffesional basketball, whether it was NBA or Overseas. Training wise, I really started focusing on basketball skill and performance training midway through my 9 year pro career. We would train people each summer that we came home and knew this was the direction we wanted to go after retirement, ultimately forming DIME Athletics!
What is the tougher adjustment, going from high school to college as a player; or going from college to professionally overseas?
(Bryan): I think the tougher adjustment is going from high school to college. For the simple fact that college players who are juniors and seniors are usually more physically mature, than say an incoming freshman who is 17 or 18 years old. On the high school level a lot of the players are not serious about basketball, but as you move up to college, more players are serious about excelling.
(Mo): I believe going from high school to college is a bigger adjustment for players. The reason being is that, most kids coming out of high school lack the physical maturity and you are competing against well-developed Juniors and Seniors. Making the transition from college to pro is a little easier, because most players use their 4 years to mature physically and mentally on the court. Neither are an easy transition though.
What areas or skills of the game are most difficult for young players to develop?
(DIME): We believe the toughest areas for most young players to develop are footwork and change of pace. I think these two areas are most difficult for young players because it is usually overlooked and rarely worked on. Most young players tend to go one speed on the court. If you couple that with sloppy footwork, it’s a recipe for disaster. Basketball is a stop and go game and these 2 components are a big part of that.
What is your favorite part about training others in the game of basketball?
(Mo): It would be seeing improvement in different aspects of their games and them translating that to the basketball court. Also, showing players what it takes to play on a professional level mentally and physically.
(Bryan): Seeing steady improvement each time that a player steps on the court to train or play a game. This is what training smart and consistent is all about.
What is the greatest benefit of training with Dime?
(DIME): Greatest benefit of training with DIME is that you get first-hand experience and training from guys with 20+ years of professional experience, who are willing to motivate and encourage you to obtain your goal of becoming a better basketball player. Being a DIME athlete is knowing that you have trained to be ready for any situation mentally or physically on the court.