Profiling Camp Sanderson - Part 2

Michigan basketball strength and conditioning coach opened up to the media earlier this season to discuss the latest examples of physical gains experienced by the hardwood Wolverines. In part two he breaks down the physical attributes of some of the freshmen and sheds light on his training philosophy.

Question:  Any dramatic jumps in Kameron or any changes?

Jon Sanderson:  “We don’t retest a lot.  The protocol I was talking about, I wait until the season is over because it takes so much time to do that protocol that I don’t have all the data.  I couldn’t tell you if his vertical jump has gone up.  I can see that it has probably gone up a little bit, but I’ll know more once we get through the season.”

Question:  How do you look at his physically, what would be your assessment when he first got here?

Jon Sanderson:  “He’s 6’7-1/2”, a big guard.  He’ll play the right side for us, but he can play a lot of different places.  Our initial assessments were, just like Ricky improve lean masses, body fat percentage, which I he has done a little bit.  I don’t have those numbers either, but he’s made some progress in there.  Overall explosiveness and athleticism that’s our main target with him.  He doesn’t need to gain a pound in his career at Michigan.  He weighs between 210-213 on any given day.  Different than a Nik or Caris, or even Tim.  Tim came in at 185.  He already has the body mass, but we’ve got to lose some fat mass, gain more lean muscle mass and make him a better athlete and just really work on durability.  That’s going to be a big part for him.  Really conditioning was one of the big things…his initial conditioning test was below average.  Now we have him to where he is decent in the area.”

Question:  One of the things that Coach Beilein said when he saw Aubrey was athletically he is a lot like Glen?  How do they compare baseline when Glen came in as a freshman and Aubrey as a freshman.

Jon Sanderson:  “Glen touched 11’11” on the vertical jump test day one, Aubrey touched 11’9”.  So we’re talking two inches of difference.  Now Glen is a little longer than him, just a little bit, but very similar type of athletes.  Glen is just a bigger more physical athlete.  Aubrey weighed 190 day one and Glen was 212 or so, 213 day one.  Similar.  Glen just has a little bit more.”

Question:  A lot of things have changed in this program because of the nature of guys leaving two years and we thought it would be four years and all that kind of stuff?  Did you have to change some things to accelerate with some guys that you think could be the two year guys?

Jon Sanderson:  “My system that I have in place, I’m still…because we don’t know if they’re going to be two year guys or four  year guys, you don’t know.  The system that we have, I haven’t tweaked it a whole lot based on the NBA talent that we’ve had and guys that we’ve developed.  It is what it is.  The only tweaks I’ve made to is based on individuals.  Certain guys need different work.  Derrick Walton needed a ton of hip mobility coming in versus Ricky Doyle.  I tweak things based on the needs and what I’m seeing and how they respond to training too.  Some guys respond really well then I might change some things up.”

Question:  Your Camp Sanderson process, what your influences, is it really as unique as it sounds.  Do you do things much different than they do at other places?

Jon Sanderson:  “It’s hard to say because I don’t know what everyone else does.  I think the biggest part about it is the commitment to spend the time.  I think we already talked about this earlier, the norm is to go home in May and June.  If you give a college strength coach an extra 6-8 weeks of training, we’re going to get more results.  It’s as simple as the time.  It’s hard to say what we do is different or unique.  Our training is very basketball specific.  The guys that gain this massive amount of weight, it is specific for their goals.  Caris had to gain weight to be good at this level.  So we’re not just mindlessly gaining weight.  So I think the unique part of it is, how we individualize what guys need.  That’s kind of the best way to put it and you give me time and momentum, I’m going to build a great athlete over time.”

Question:  Have you noticed attention from aspiring athletes or established saying hey, I know your commitment is to Michigan, but do you have other guys coming in and saying I want to work with you?

Jon Sanderson:  “I get a lot of high school kids and small college coaches calling and emailing quite a bit, just trying to find out I guess the secret behind ***.  So I get those on a daily basis.  You know I can’t share our program.  I try to share as much philosophy, concept as possible just to help people especially the high school level.  I always want to help out coaches with some ideas, but there also are a lot of rules against…I can’t send out programs.  There are a lot of NCAA violations with that based on who we’re recruiting and all that.” 

Question:  One of the things that Derrick talked about was that he feels his legs are better on his jump shot.  He thinks his jumper is more consistent because he’s stronger in his lower body, do you sense that?

Jon Sanderson:  “I haven’t seen that as much.  I can just see Derrick, the way he moves, his ability to get by guy.  He just has a different gear and a quickness about him that is different.  As you get stronger through your lower body, the best way to put it is, it makes the game easier.  You saw Glen a lot, the game kind of looked effortless up and down the floor, those backdoor dunks, he made the game look real easy.  Well he was really strong, he was a strong athlete.  I think Derrick is experiencing some of that.  He has more tools, stronger legs and the game is easier with that.”

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