Shot Lab™ LLC – Michael Jordan perfected it. Tamika Catchings practiced it. Marvin Harvey taught it.

By Ryan Bass, Bright House Sports Network
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 08, 2013, 5:33 PM1357684400864

Marvin Harvey has traveled the world teaching his theory for shooting the basketball.

Michael Jordan perfected it.

Tamika Catchings practiced it.

Marvin Harvey taught it.

The art of shooting the basketball. It’s a skill many players practice, but only some master. Harvey, the 58-year old and former college player turned coach, decided to study it. Then, spend his life teaching it.

The Shot Doctor

In 1974, Harvey tried out for the Penn Valley Community College basketball team, one his brother Melvin made a name for himself on. Marvin didn’t make the team, but that didn’t stop him from learning. He picked up a few shooting techniques from then coach Fred Polhman.

A light went off.

“He pulled his glasses up and said you have to have your hand here, and you have to have your elbow here, and you have to do this,” Harvey said, holding his elbow above his eyes. “I’m thinking to myself, I’m not doing that, but I want to get on this guy’s team, so I’m going to watch and try everything he does. And I did, but I thought the guy was crazy.”

Turns out, he wasn’t. The Shot Doctor was born.

“I studied Jerry West, Walt Frazier, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, Pistol Pete Maravich, all those guys,” Harvey said. “I’m studying all these guys, and they’re doing that. What that guy taught me in 30 minutes — what he was trying to explain to me — I have taught around the world now.”

Harvey has traveled all across the globe teaching his theory for shooting the basketball. He now calls Tampa home.

“When I started, I didn’t want to be the best shooting coach in the world,” he said. “I just wanted to make sure that any kid that wanted to know how to shoot, they had a place and they had the right person to go to that could give them the information.”

The Shot Lab

Four years ago, Harvey moved from Orlando to the Bay Area. He needed a place to teach, where his students could come to practice. He found the shot lab.

“They were getting ready to tear it down and turn it back in to offices,” Harvey said. “(The landlord) said to me before we do that, here’s an opportunity. He said go downstairs, stand in a corner and come back in 20 minutes. If you see that you need it, we will let you work on it…and I went and stood in the corner and I saw everything you see today. I went and told him I’m going to start the process.”

From Austin Rivers and Dominique Jones to Kieffer Jordan and Kristine Fuller. Players from high school all the way up to the NBA have trained in the lab.

“We focus on the three central skills here,” Harvey said. “The No. 1 skill in the game of basketball, of course, is shooting. The No. 2 skill is dribbling, and the No. 3 skill is passing. On the shot lab floor, we focus on those every day.”

But the lab isn’t just for learning basketball. It’s for learning about life and, more importantly, that you can’t achieve success without failure.

“The concept was to create a place where kids could go and be able to fail, because you’re going to have to fail,” Harvey said. “I don’t know how many times Michael Jordan said it when he played about how many times he failed over and over until he got it right. Our kids don’t get the chance to go anywhere and fail.”

The Kieffer Jordan Story

Kieffer Jordan was one of the players that got that opportunity. A swimmer, Jordan sprouted to 6-foot-9 his sophomore year at Plant. His father thought his height could be used for a different sport. He ditched the pool for the post, and started paying a visit to Harvey’s lab.

“We had to do a lot of work to get him caught up, because he didn’t know basketball,” Harvey said. “It’s not like he played basketball and now he’s trying to get better. No, this kid was a swimmer. This kid knew nothing about basketball, but that was the joy for me because now he didn’t know anything.”

“Kieffer, he came here with no bad habits,” Mark Jordan, Kieffer’s father, said. “His habits are here and they occurred here. His habits were all good habits, so that’s really where it all happened.”

Day after day, Jordan and Harvey worked, although he’ll admit, he wasn’t too sure of who the shot doctor was at first.

“I came here and I was like alright, who is Marvin Harvey? I didn’t really know him, but once I took time and looked around, I was like man, this guy knows what he’s talking about,” Jordan said. “He’s been all over the world teaching everyone how to shoot, and I was so impressed. I was like man, I really want to learn from this guy. He’s the teacher.”

And teach he did. Just two years later, Jordan became one of the top players in the Bay Area, earning a scholarship to West Point.

“This guy was offered scholarships and he didn’t even play,” Harvey said. “His game got forfeited, and the college coaches were there watching. His mother was at the game and she told the kids to go out and just shoot. Kieffer goes out there and he starts draining these 3’s and these coaches are like what is that. Next thing you know, that guy has 11 offers.”

The Teacher

Former Buccaneer Ian Beckles hopes the same happens for his two daughters, who were practically raised in Marvin’s Shot Lab. Like Jordan, Beckles older daughter, Zayna, plays in the paint. With Harvey’s help, she too can do it all.

“She’s a center and a back-up point guard because Marvin let her know you have to be able to dribble the ball and do all those things,” Beckles said. “She has a nice rounded game. My youngest, Payton, she is a point guard anyways and a lot of the things she does is because of Marvin.”

For 30 years, Harvey has continued to share his story and his study.

Practicing.

Perfecting.

Teaching.

“There’s a kid in every city and every state in the U.S. that will go out every morning before school and they’ll shoot 150 shots,” Harvey said. “When they go to the playground at school, they’ll try to get up as many shots as possible. When they go home, they will shoot 150-200 shots and go to bed. Then they’ll get up the next day and do the same thing.

“But, if that kid knew how to do it correctly, that kid would be an All-American. That’s my goal.”

Ryan Bass is a reporter for Bright House Sports Network. Find him on twitter, @Ry_Bass.

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Shot Lab™ Marvin Harvey player Nichole Perry; All American

"The past explains how you got here. Where you go is up to you."

“The past explains how you got here. Where you go is up to you.”

Perry Named to Capital One Academic All-America Team

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – University of Charleston senior guard Nichole Perry has been named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Women’s Basketball Division II Third Team as announced by CoSIDA earlier Wednesday afternoon.  Perry carries a 4.00 GPA in her field of study and plans on continuing her education after graduating from UC this spring to pursue a career in orthopedic medicine.

Perry, a senior guard from Poseyville, Indiana, follows up her Academic All-District First Team selection with the All-America selection.  She leads the Golden Eagles in scoring this season, averaging 13.5 points in 26 games played for the Maroon and Gold. 

Nichole eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for her career earlier this year, becoming just the 33rd player in Golden Eagle women’s basketball history to accomplish the feat.  Perry has also earned Mountain East Conference awards, winning the 2014 MEC Sportsmanship Award and earned Player of the Week honors early in the 2014-15 season.
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Shot Lab™ Marvin Harvey College Player Nicole Perry

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Perry Earns MEC Player of the Week HonorNicole PerryBRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — The University of Charleston’s Nichole Perry has been named Mountain East Conference Player of the Week after leading the Golden Eagles to a 2-0 week.

Perry, a senior from Poseyville, Ind., averaged 14.5 points and shot 64 percent from the field in UC’s two wins. She led all players with 17 points in a MEC win over Wheeling Jesuit, and then helped the Golden Eagles to a 50-47 non-conference win over Malone with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals. 

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Shot Lab™ Marvin Harvey and Bladimyr Santiago

BlodiSantiago Leads Royals to Sixth Straight Win 96­79 Kendal Sherrouse, Sports Information Director Men’s Basketball
Posted: 11/22/2014 7:50:00 PM

LAKE WALES, Fla. – Behind 33 free throws and 31 points from Bladimyr Santiago, Warner University men’s basketball team defeated Florida National University. The Royals shot a season­high 40 free throws and ran their winning streak to six games and are now 6­0 to start the season. The Conquistadors got off to a hot start and led 10­2 three minutes into the first half. Warner’s Keevis Tukes capped off a 13­6 run down to the 10:59 mark that gave the Royals their first lead of the game 16­15. Over the next two minutes, neither team could create separation forcing two tie scores and two lead changes.

Tied 24­24 with 7:18 left before halftime, Warren Hall scored two of his 12 first half points on free throws and sparked the Royals’ offense as they went on to outscore the Conquistadors 23­10 down the stretch. The Royals carried a 47­36 into the break.
Bladimyr Santiago scored 15 points in the first half to lead all players. He also hauled down 10 rebounds to give him a double­double in the first 20 minutes of the game.

The Royals maintained their advantage in the second half behind 57.1% shooting from the field and an impressive 24­of­27 shooting from the charity stripe as the Conquistadors used fouls to try and keep the game within reach.

Santiago added 16 points to his first half performance and was a perfect 8­for­8 from the free throw line. His night ended with 31 points and 14 rebounds. Hall’s night ended with nine second half points giving him 21 points on the night.

Keevis Tukes was nearly perfect shooting the ball(5­of­6) and had 12 points and four rebounds.

The Royals head south next week for the BVI Tropical Shootout in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The Royals will play two games during the trip on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 28­29. The Royals take on the University of the Virgin Islands on Friday at 10 p.m. and then on Saturday they face Montreat College (N.C.) at 8 p.m.

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