Back in 2015, Coach Sadler caught up with one of his former academy players, Jake Eynon, to shed some light on a day in the life of a student-athlete.
"A Day in the Life of a College Basketball Player"
I played at Ipswich Basketball Club from the age of 13 to when I finished school at 19 years old. From there I went to Jacksonville College, in Texas for two years and I am now attending school and playing basketball at Texas A&M International.
Before I mention anything else one thing I have to tell other players wanting to go to college is that being a student athlete means that your day is centered on your classes! If I or one of my team mates misses a class we have to run 5 miles at 5am! It is a school at the end of the day, and that’s why we are here.
My day starts of at 7am where I get up and start my day by going to the weight room and getting a great full body workout with our S&C coach. Lifting during the season is really important to maintain your strength throughout the year and of course prevent injuries. Whenever I lift I also like to shoot 100 form shots to keep my touch in.
From the weight room I will go to breakfast. Our school diner is all you can eat and I take advantage of that, you cannot out work a bad diet!!! By this I mean you have to have a balanced plate with protein carbs and vitamins. I also like to have multiple plates especially when I’m working out multiple times a day.
After breakfast I will go to the training room and get treatment, this is a really important part of the day. You have to look after your body and you can do this with icing, stem treatment, and flexibility training. You can’t play if you’re injured, so you need to correctly look after your body. If I’m honest all of my free time during the day is spent in the training room.
Most days I will have 3 hours of class. To stay eligible you have to maintain a 2.0 GPA so that is a motive to try hard in school. No grades means no court time. With such busy days we have scheduled team study hall, which is when the whole team including managers goes to the library and does homework. When in class and at school I have a rule that I cannot have an empty hand, which means I always have to have food in my hand or water. You have to keep fueling your body and hydration throughout the day is so important.
We have practice twice a day, one session is at 3pm till 5:15pm this is our main practice. We also have practice at 9-10:30 and is usually a skills practice but can turn into a track session if we do not work hard and bring the intensity!
With everything we do at practice we have to be talking the whole time and cheering on our team mates, if we don't we will run!! The practices here are the most intense workouts I have ever been around, you have to be switched on as one lapse in concentration could mean you get blown up by a screen, or your guy will score on you as the talent level out here is extremely high.
Everything is competitive, and we do not call fouls in practice, which can get out of hand sometimes but it makes you stronger as a player and it adds an emphasis of separating the strong and the weak.
After my last practice I will get on the shooting gun and shoot around 300 3's and make 25 free throws in a row before I can leave. So in a normal day I will have about 4 hours of practice and 2 hours of workouts on my own, practice may vary how long we go each day, but I will always have at least 2 hours on my own. I like to have a mindset of ‘the real training starts when the coach leaves the gym’.