Vil­lage Peo­ple

Muscle & Performance - - Pro Corner -

But hard train­ing and clean eat­ing aren’t the only things that will get you all-star sta­tus, and it takes a vil­lage to raise, nur­ture and de­velop a suc­cess­ful pro ath­lete. Harris’ vil­lage is work­ing over­time these days, start­ing with his par­ents, dad Tor­rel and mother Lisa, who de­serve big ku­dos for in­still­ing a su­pe­rior ma­tu­rity and staunch work ethic in their son. It then ex­tends to Har­vey and Miller who pro­vide Harris with strength and nu­tri­tional for­ti­tude. But one of the largest cor­ner­stones be­longs to leg­endary Basketball Hall-of-fame mem­ber Ge­orge “The Ice­man” Gervin, who serves as Harris’ hoops men­tor and works with Harris on his sports-speci�ic fun­da­men­tals, in­clud­ing ball han­dling, foot­work and con­di­tion­ing.

“Once you’re fun­da­men­tally sound, the game is men­tal,” says Gervin. “It’s all about your ap­proach. To­bias is an all-star­cal­iber basketball player. I know that, but he’s got to prove that to him­self. I can’t do any­thing with that. You’ve got to have your own men­tal tough­ness. And he’s got it. Now it’s time to be an all-star and let ev­ery­one else know what I know.” 

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