Monday, September 30, 2013

Doc Scheppler Interview

Hi Doc, thanks for joining us again here at JeremyLin.Net. With camp just starting, we're excited for this coming season and hoping you can give us a little insight into JLin's summer work. Also, for those if you who may not know, Doc Scheppler has won 5 State HS Championships in the State of California. No small feat, and one off the all time California record. He has also sent a plethora of kids to play college ball. Incredible for a tiny Division 5 school on the Peninsula. 

JeremyLin.Net:
How does Jeremy look physically compared to the previous summers working with him? 

Doc:  
He is 100% healthy and had a consistent summer of skill and strength development.  We only worked 2x a week.

JeremyLin.Net:
What's been your major focus this summer with Jeremy? 

Doc: 
We worked to smooth out his rhythm and to really concentrate on catch and shoot situations... specifically the corner 3.  We continued to work on different shooting situations to keep them tuned, and, they look perfect.  He's able to shoot just as well in those situations.  I'd like to see him bring those out of his bag a bit more...(Triple Threat, off-dribble,specifically).  He has those shots in game situations.

JeremyLin.Net:  
Many people think you can change a shooter over night. Can you remind everyone what Jeremy's shot looked like just a few years ago? 

Doc: 
He had a very rhythmical shot as junior high player, and, was a great shooter.  He changed his shot to a higher release and an explosive jump upon entering high school.  This is a common fault with younger players when they want to shoot a "Jump shot".  So many problems arise from this transition. Their mindset is a jump shot is" jump as high as I can and start my release at the peak." His became an upper body throw that was inconsistent and an angry ball when hitting the rim.  He gradually smoothed out his rhythm, but, never found the consistency necessary to be a great shooter.  We refined his release, rhythm, and balance.   Now, after 2 years he continues to feel more comfortable in his shooting form.  My wish for him is to trust his form and let it fly.  Be aware of form, but don't obsess.

JeremyLin.Net: 
How long does it usually take to really be able to change your form to the extent that he has had to? 

Doc: 
That I don't know.  I do know that the better your form and the more you practice...the better shooter will develop.  Shooters have those 2 things in common... Their form is solid.... and they shoot every day.

JeremyLin.Net:
What type of percentages are you expecting from Jeremy this season?

Doc: 
I hope he gets off to a great start with his 3 point shooting. He should get a lot of good, clean catch and shoot looks with the addition of Howard as a presence inside. There's no reason why he can't start to shrink the difference in his drill percentages to a game shooting percentage.  He's a consistent mid 70's in drills, which should correspond to a higher game percentage.  I'm thinking low 40's(3pt%).  His free throw percentage should be in the mid 80's.

JeremyLin.Net: 
Anything else you'd like to share with us about working with JLin this summer? 

Doc: 
I know he's ready to roll and excited for the season

JeremyLin.Net: 
Thanks for all of your work with these kids on the Peninsula and for all you do with Jeremy. 

Doc: 
Thank you.  I expect big things from him this year.  

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