Combining muscle memory and confidence; the perfect free throw

Since he was a kid, Alex Frazier has been undersized. He grew up a point guard constantly learning how to adjust his playing style to the larger players around him and get his shot off despite taller defenders. Developing his game at a bit of a disadvantage,  Frazier took advantage where he would. His size allowed him to slide between screens and draw fouls, and he could make free throws.

The practice began when Frazier was young, either four of five years old. He was never the most dominant player on his team, but his ability to make free throws put him on the court at clutch times. He would spend hours in the gym with coaches or by himself practicing his jump shot and his free throws, and when it came time to perform Frazier was ready, averaging just under 90% from the free throw in his senior year of high school.

Frazier credits his success to practice, which leads to muscle memory, and simple confidence. He says when he steps up to the line, “everything else disappears. It’s just me and the rim and I’ve been here a thousand times before. My body knows what to do.” Frazier has not continued playing at the competitive level in college, but still practices his free throws everyday to maintain his prowess.


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