International basketball skills trainer Anthony Bathalon will be showcasing his mesmerising skills and imparting his profound expertise during a training session at Curtin University Stadium in January.
From Vermont in the US, Bathalon has trained several National Basketball Association (NBA) players,
including Boston Celtics guard Evan Turner and Reggie Bullock from the Detroit Pistons.
He’s inspired aspiring and professional players across the world, including training the Lebanese Basketball Academy in Beirut and youngsters in Berlin.
Bathalon said he was excited about touring Australia for the first time and hoped to inspire through his incredible life story.
“I know athletes from outside the US have goals to play college ball here in the US, so I am able to bring them that knowledge,” he said.
“I’m known globally for being vulnerable enough to not only share my story but to share my passion and love for this game. I feel it goes way beyond this game called basketball.”
Adopted at age thee and moving to a new state, Bathalon sought solace in sports and eventually developed a love for basketball.
Bathalon was a high school standout player and played semi-professional basketball before ultimately realising his destiny lay at mentoring.
“I realised maybe my calling wasn't to play professional sports,” Bathalon said.
“Maybe it’s to teach athletes how to get there by simply just being around them and interacting with them while telling my story about my journey that goes way beyond basketball.”
Bathalon said the training sessions would teach participants new drills and hone their ability at the fundamentals.
“You can always train a player to feel like they are in that moment and how you do that is by putting pressure on training movements in training game like situations,” he said.
“I am a firm believer that athletes depend way too much on being physical, tall or athletic. When I was younger I depended a lot on my athleticism and it hurt me more times than helped and when it came down to it, I didn't have the skill to get me over the top.”
Bathalon said a common characteristic united the NBA players he has worked with.
“Their mentality towards this game is just at another level,” he said.
“Many aspiring athletes don't realise that eventually they must develop a special liking for working their arse off in order to even touch the surface of a professional court.”