Last night, P3 athlete Jeremy Evans had one of most amazing displays of athleticism you will ever see on a basketball court.
To perform this impressive sequence of athletic events, Jeremy utilized lower body drive, acceleration, length and the elastic properties of his muscles and tendons to story and release energy.
While Jeremy’s length is not particularly unusual for an NBA player, his acceleration, elastic series properties and length relationship is truly unique. When Jeremy first showed up to P3, he was one of our better approach athletes (touched 12’2.5″ during approach vertical testing) and had a great deal of elasticity, however was unstable and had room for improvement when it came to managing eccentric loads. Jeremy adapted to our customized training quickly.
This past off-season Jeremy touched 12’4.5″ during approach vertical testing.
Jeremy now performs very well in the force plate drop to vertical test, getting an excellent return on the vertical force he puts into the ground and touching higher than any other NBA player we have tested.
While Jeremy’s ability to utilize the stretch shortening cycle has improved over the past three off-seasons, it has never been a primary need. The primary focus has been on improving his ability create more force from muscle contraction. The ability to utilize high force producing muscles is essential, especially when required to produce force from a rested position or without a pre-load. To improve this quality in Jeremy we have pushed hard on lower body acceleration, complexing functional strength movements that forced hip extension with plyometrics and ballistic movements that challenged him to accelerate quickly and rapidly generate force from rested positions or a standstill.
Recent testing indicated that Jeremy is now much better at utilizing muscle drive and creating force from a rested position.
Jeremy now produces 2700 Newtons of vertical force and jumps 32.5 inches (1 inch higher than his standing vertical from 7/21/10) from a seated position. The amount of vertical force per kg of body-weight (N/kg) he now produces in this test, ranks in the 88th percentile of our NBA wing database. The qualities and physical adaptations that allow Jeremy to perform well in the seated box jump to vertical test, correlate with his improved first step, and acceleration. This is very evident when looking at how rapidly he accelerates, closes out and blocks Ronny Turiaf’s shot.
Jeremy goes from being under the basket when Ronny is setting up to shoot, to flying through the air as Ronny releases his shot.
Once Jeremy gets the ball in the open court, his elite elastic components take over and he glides to basket for the one-handed dunk.
While Jeremy is primarily a two footed jumper, the one footed approach dunk shows that his bilateral strength and power gains, as measured by P3, have translated to the court. To build Jeremy’s bilateral strength and power, we like to complex bilateral multi-joint strength movements and single-leg plyometrics.
Jeremy now sets the standard for our NBA athletes when it comes to performing single-leg lateral plyometrics.
Another important characteristic that Jeremy displays every time he trains at P3 and during the block-dunk sequence is all out effort.