Basketball Fundamentals Overrated?

Narrated by Clint LomaxInstagram, Twitter – Mjlover23

In the pursuit of awareness and improvement to the game of basketball, I am always on the look out to find new and innovative ways to educate the young and old on the game of basketball. Along comes a system that is not only intriguing, but is set upon the basic fundamentals of basketball.

Tyler Lutton is the founder of System8Athletics. I’ve known Tyler since before I was a part of the 2007-2008 Douglas College National Championship hoop team. The one thing I have known about Tyler from day one is that he has an incredibly High Motor! He is always in tip-top shape, and his system will definitely incorporate that!So instead of writing the article in my own words, I’ll let Tyler speak for himself:

Tyler Lutton face shot

Hoop Background/ History:Played high school Basketball at Killarney and then moved to Pinetree for my Grade 11 and 12 year. In my senior year at Pinetree got a chance to play with a great high school player Aneetan Braich and we ended up placing 5th at provincials which was a huge accomplishment for Pinetree Secondary School and still to this day the highest they have placed.In 2008, I was starting point guard for arguably the best college team to ever play in Canada, Douglas College Royals. I played alongside guys such as Bol Kong (went to play at Gonzaga) Graeme McCallum (played professionally for a year in the BBL) Andrew Sturgeon (played professionally for a year in the BBL) and Billy McNutt (plays professional basketball in Luxemburg. We went undefeated 21-0 and won a National Championship.

After that went to play CIS at Acadia University and by my second year there I was captain and we managed to get the eighth seed at the CIS championships losing to a good UBC squad that included Josh Whyte, Nathan Yu, Doug Plumb, Graham Bath and Alex Murphy just to name a few guys.

Have coached for Capilano University the past three years.

Note: Tyler can be seen making cameo appearances in the Summer Tournaments and Open runs – You can catch him at the 1:25, 2:28, and 3:09 marks.

System 8 Athletics Beginning:Before System 8 began I was coaching at Capilano University, working for AllBall basketball academy and personal training at a gym in West Vancouver.

I simply wanted to create something that taught kids different methods to train for basketball and be able to become complete players.

Being an assistant coach and skills coach for Capilano University over the past three years has allowed me to be able to pass on my knowledge to youth basketball of Vancouver. I am really interested in the cognitive side of the game and in my training I try to include teaching different situations or different reads of the game instead of just a drill. For example running off a pick and roll, really teaching not only different offensive options but also reading all the different help side options of the pick and roll.

Then there is the physical side to the game that I think Canadian kids lack in comparison to their American counterparts. After coaching on the AAU circuit for three years with AllBall and Athelite the most glaring difference between our kids and Americans is our athleticism. We have caught up with them in regards to skill and understanding of the game. I’m trying to get Canadians stronger by educating them about strength training as well.

Future of Hoop Training:I would like to see the future of hoop training shift towards bridging the gap between high school and club ball. I would love to see AAU coaches of a certain player have a great relationship with their high school coach so that that the coaches can work together in making that player have the best chance of not only making the team but also having an impact on that team, or helping that team be successful.

Vision for System 8:With System 8 in the future I just want to teach kids proper ways to train, both on and off the court and how to understand the game.

I just want to be able to help kids use Basketball as a vehicle for bigger and better things. I truly believe that basketball teaches so much that prepares you for the rest of life. How to be a leader, team player, discipline, hard work just to name a few. And if the kid can get school paid for or make a living playing the sport then that is just an added bonus.


Video Link to a workout with Diego (Kaplan):