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Xaverian Alum Dana Barros Goes 1 on 1 against Michael Jordan

This week, NBA All-Star Dana Barros ’85 stopped by the 2011 Xaverian Brothers High School Youth Basketball Clinic. His visit included tips, drills, and a few great stories. One of the best stories told took place during during a preseason game before the 1989-1990 season.

The sellout crowd had come to watch the Chicago Bulls take on the Seattle Supersonics. Barros, just 22 years old, was put in the game and soon had caught a pass beyond the 3 point arc. As he turned to face the basket, he found himself being covered by the best basketball player in the world: Michael Jordan.

After overcoming an initial moment of shock, Dana Barros decided that he could get by Jordan. With a quick fake, Dana Barros sped past Jordan and leapt towards the basket to finish with a layup. Jordan had other plans, however, and cleanly swatted the ball out of Dana’s outstretched hand.

The moral of the story is not that Dana Barros should have dunked the ball instead of trying the layup (although that might have helped). It’s simply that Dana Barros wasn’t afraid. The reason he wasn’t afraid, as Dana explains in the video, is because he was ready. All those hours of practice on an outdoor court in Mattapan made him ready. All those drills in the Xaverian gym gave him confidence. All those games at BC’s Conte Forum prepared him to take on the best in the world.

Whether we’re talking about basketball, football, or that Chemistry test on Monday morning, the key to success is being ready. If you put in the time, effort, and energy, there is no reason to be afraid. You’ll be ready.

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Former NBA All-Star Dana Barros ’85 Visits Xaverian Youth Basketball Clinic

“Let me tell you a story about Michael Jordan…”

Campers were all ears today as former NBA all-star and Xaverian alum Dana Barros took the floor at the 2011 Xaverian Brothers High School Youth Basketball Clinic. Barros spoke about his journey to the NBA, and how hard he worked to improve his game.

The campers especially enjoyed demonstrations of ┬áball handling drills that are a part of Rajon Rondo’s practice regimen, and an amazing story about going one-on-one against Michael Jordan. (Check back for video clips tomorrow!)

For more information on the Xaverian Youth Sports Clinics, visit our website. For more photos from our Basketball Clinic, visit our Facebook Page.

 

 

 


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Xaverian Brothers High School Youth Football Clinic

Friday marked the end of our Youth Football Clinic, part of the 2011 Xaverian Youth Sports Clinics. All participants got a t-shirt and plenty of great coaching from our exceptional staff, which included Xaverian Brothers High School coaches, alumni, current varsity players, and special guests.

This week’s clinic is basketball. For more information on the Xaverian Youth Sports Clinics, visit our website. For more photos from our Football Clinic, visit our Flickr page.