Former Washington standout Ryan Appleby is taking a shot as a personal basketball trainer. His list of clients include ex-UW star Quincy Pondexter who credited Appleby for helping to improve his shot. Appleby also worked with sophomore guard Abdul Gaddy in the offseason.
Joyce Walker (below, left), who starred at Garfield High and was a two-time All-American at LSU, is also venturing into personal training. She’s been working with UW commit Tony Wroten Jr. (below, right) and helped him recover from a knee injury.
Walker isn’t promising Washington scholarships for her clients, however, she has an eye for talent and believes she can help players unlock their potential.
“What I’m promising is I’ll get you prepared to go wherever you’d like to go, but that’s on you,” she said. “I’ll get you ready. The key is are you ready to work?
“If the kid is committed and they show the potential that they can get somewhere or just improve, we’re talking at least three days a week. And it’s intense and it’s real difficult, but at the same time most kids that are going to go somewhere want that type of support.
“I have about 7-8 kids that I’m training individually and I’d like this to be a livelihood. It’s something that I know. It’s ingrained in me and it’s been in me all of my life so what better thing to is there than taking a kid and change some of mechanics as well as get them to think about some of the mental aspects of the game.”
Walker can be reached at Gtrotter11@gmail.com. or 425-442-0273.
MONDAY MORNING LINKS:
— ESPN takes a look at UCLA in a weeklong series on traditional powerhouse programs looking to bounce back.
— The Examiner.com previews USC and says its going to be another year of transition as second-year coach Kevin O’Neill installs his system.
— Arizona State freshman Keala King is showing his versatility in practice while learning four positions.
— PointGuardU.com takes an in-depth look at Arizona’s freshmen.
— MountlakeMadness.com is previewing the Pac-10 teams and the latest installment takes a look at Oregon State.
— FanHouse.com chimes in with a story on the Pac-10 from Media Day.
— Collegehoopsnet.com says Texas A&M is a NCAA tournament team.
— USC can’t seem to get rid of the O.J. Mayo scandal. Rodney Guillory claims the NCAA mischaracterized his relationship with Mayo and he’s suing the NCAA for $25 million.
— Los Angeles big man Norvel Pelle will reportedly visit Washington in the next few weeks.