May 16, 2016Arkansas Strength Staff Prepares Kingsley for Celtics Workout
University of Arkansas basketball forward Moses Kingsley recently traveled to Boston for a workout with the Celtics. To prepare the player, the Razorback men’s basketball strength and conditioning staff formulated a customized plan.
An article from ArkansasRazorbacks.com explains that Kingsley traveled to complete a workout for potential draftees that included a strong fitness component along with many drills. The 90-minute workout was similar to the Celtics’ workouts, but Kingsley was prepared.
“We worked on his physical parameters—any kind of jump test, sprints, repeated sprintability, and kind of vertical power, upper and lower body strength, anything that can be quantified as a performance metric, we tried to work on it all,” men’s basketball head strength coach Adam Petway told ArkansasRazorbacks.com. “Mo is a freak athlete so he’s always going to test well. What I looked at was: Is Moses in good enough physical condition to make it through the workout and how can we hone in on his physical parameters and make them better to potentially help increase his chances for success.”
Some of the work created for Kingsley included the standard NBA Combine drill for lane agility with two squares around the lane line, a ¾-court sprint, a reactive shuttle run, a three-minute sprint test that Kingsley practice at both the beginning and end of each workout, and consecutive dunks with a weighted ball. Although the workout with the Celtics went well, Kingsley decided to stay with the Razorbacks for his senior year.
“Moses had the opportunity to test the waters and he did it,” University of Arkansas head men’s basketball coach Mike Anderson told ArkansasRazorbacks.com. “He got the feedback that he needed to come back and become a much better player and that bodes well for our basketball team especially in this day and age when everybody is in a hurry to do something. To me, it speaks to the kind of person that Moses is and he’s not one of these guys that have knee jerk reactions. He looks and he learns. I think Moses is just scratching the surface on all the things that he can do. And for our program, it speaks volumes to our culture. The culture is such that he can think, ‘You know what, I’m OK right here. I can get better right here.’”