Art Parakhouski

Big men take a bit more time to develop.  It's a coaching cliche but it it true.  Has been forever.  I had the good fortune to coach a young developing big man for two years in college.  Art Parakhouski.  He was a dominant player in college and has gone on to become a strong professional player.  But he has been a slow starter with the teams he has played on in Europe and at times his coaches have not allowed him the time to get comfortable.  I was able to coach him again last season as a pro and watched him prove himself one of the best centers in the Eurocup.  This year he has taken another step playing with Nizhny Novgorod in the VTB and Euroleague.  Giving him the time to get comfortable and working to give him confidence makes all the difference in the world with someone like Art.  And a lot of other players and bigs as well.  So my point is this:  Some players need a bit more time than others but with the right approach they can continue developing for years and years and eventually grow into something special.  That is what's happening with Art.  Below is a button to the box score and story on Art getting 19 & 9 in a big win for his team over European power Unics Kazan.