Luke Meier is a professional skill development trainer for Thrive 3 formerly known as Mike Lee Basketball. Throughout his career he has worked with countless youth, high school, collegiate and pro athletes. Luke has a passion for helping athletes enhance their overall knowledge of the game of basketball. Here is our recent interview.
Me: Luke, tell us a little about your background.
Luke: I grew up and played high school basketball in Middleton, Wisconsin and afterwards, went on to play college basketball at UW-Eau Claire. After exhausting my eligibility, I was a student assistant.
During my time in Eau Claire, I started doing skills training with area players and began working with Mike Lee. After graduation in 2009, I moved to Milwaukee and started training players while also spending a couple years as a varsity assistant at a couple of schools. I’ve been training players full time since 2012 and have been blessed to work with thousands of players ranging from middle school, high school, college, overseas professionals and NBA players.
Me: Why did you decide to get into the business of skill development training?
Luke: I‘ve known I wanted to coach and be involved in basketball since I was in 7th grade. I always believed that if I would have been trained and taught the things that I teach players, I would have been much better as player. That belief still drives what I do today.
Me: In your time as a professional skills trainer, how have you seen individual development translate over to live game actions?
Luke: My goal is always to help players with things that translate directly to game situations. Together we study lots of film and then customize a individual specific training program for each player.
For example, when dealing with the average middle school player or high school player, I want to be able to give them the individual skills to excel in the specific system that they play in. As for college and professional players, we go a step beyond that and into the next level of understanding schemes, reads and being able to help them develop the skills and IQ to perform in specific game situations.
Me: Why is it important that athletes focus on individual skill development?
Luke: Individual development is very important because if a player can’t pass, dribble, pivot or shoot, it will be tough to be effective in any system. Players, no matter what level, have to have the individual skills to perform within each system.
Me: What advice would you give to coaches who want to focus on the individual development of their athletes?
Luke: Skill development is an investment. It takes time. You may take lumps early on but if you dedicate to consistent skill work, your players will be able to perform when it matters most. The legendary Coach Don Meyer said “In March, do you want better plays or better players?”
Me: Thank you for your time and insight on such an important topic today.
Luke: No problem, anytime.