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Jay Bilas: Toughness, Coaches Of Character And Youth Basketball Issues

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Listen in as Positive Coaching Alliance goes 1-on-1 in interviews with top pro and college players, coaches, executives, and other major sports figures and academics who provide tips, tools, information and inspiration for youth and high school sports coaches, parents and student-athletes.

This 1-on-1 interview features Jay Bilas (@JayBilas), a top college basketball TV analyst, widely known for his incisive and insightful work for ESPN. He played on the first Duke University team that legendary Coach Mike Krzyzewski led to the Final Four in 1986, earned a law degree and authored the book Toughness.

David Jacobson, PCA's Senior Marketing Communications and Content Manager, discusses with Bilas what he learned about the concept and definitions of toughness while writing his book. Toughness emerges as an intangible and a character trait, often forged by adversity and exhibited in the way one handles adversity.

In a poignant moment, Bilas says he wished he knew at age 16 what he learned about toughness while writing the book... a sign that his remarks in this podcast could be essential listening for student-athletes. He also talks about what he learned from Coach K in terms of character.

Finally, Bilas assesses the landscape of youth basketball and how the business of the sport, including the NCAA's role, has impacted development of youth as players and people.

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