About Us

Craig Austrie Basketball IQ Skills

about usWant to play smart, tough basketball?

Then learn from someone who’s been there. Craig Austrie is a former Big East guard and Connecticut Gatorade Player of the Year.  Since 2009 he has been using his skills and knowledge to improve every aspect of a basketball player’s game and has been helping youth athletes make travel, AAU, varsity high school, and college teams.

What is Basketball IQ?

Playing great basketball isn’t just about being the tallest, fastest, or quickest. It’s also about being a smart player. Craig has first-hand experience on what it takes to succeed at a high level: the skills, the physical conditioning, and the mental toughness.  He honed his playing under the direction of a legendary Hall of Fame coach and on the hardwoods of the Final Four. Now he’s built a youth program with defined curricula to target each player’s needs.

What will I learn?

Learn correct fundamentals, as well as the nuances that make good players great.

  • Ball Handling
  • Lay-ups
  • Shooting – jumper/mid-range, 3-point, floater shots
  • Defense
  • Rebounding
  • Passing
  • Anticipation and Reaction
  • Big Man Skills – post moves, footwork, hook shot
  • Effective Communication
  • Discipline and Focus
  • Gamesmanship – using the clock and seeing the court
  • How to get noticed by coaches and scouts (and crucial mistakes to avoid)
  • The fun and enjoyment that comes from winning … along with sportsmanship, no matter what the score