How returning college stars can improve 

April, 30, 2013
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Jahii CarsonKyle Terada/USA TODAY SportsJahii Carson had a strong freshman season, but he'd be even better with a consistent outside shot.
As a coach, I often told my players that "great teams are made from October to April, but great players are made from April to October." As much as coaches want to improve individual skills during the season, much of practice time is spent, logically, on building on team concepts and in preparation for opponents.

But now that the season is over, this is the optimum time for motivated players to start to attack some of their own weaknesses and turn them into strengths. In fact, every returning player in college basketball should have a game plan for his own improvement.