Basketball Lessons from around the World

Edniesha Curry, the only female assis­tant on a DI men’s bas­ket­ball staff, shares her inter­na­tion­al bas­ket­ball jour­ney and its influ­ence on the Black Bears’ approach to scout­ing and recruiting.

Basketball Lessons from around the World

Edniesha Curry, the only female assis­tant on a DI men’s bas­ket­ball staff, shares her inter­na­tion­al bas­ket­ball jour­ney and its influ­ence on the Black Bears’ approach to scout­ing and recruiting.

0:30 — Curry’s well-trav­eled bas­ket­ball life

From the University of Oregon to the WNBA, Europe, Israel, Southeast Asia all the way to rur­al Orono, Maine. There’s a lot to unpack with Curry’s hoops journey.

7:50 — I got that gut feeling”

Curry talks about how she first came to meet Richard Barron, who first hired her for his women’s bas­ket­ball staff at Maine, then brought her to the men’s staff when he took over that role.

10:50 — Lessons from the NBA

In between her stints on the women’s and men’s staffs at Maine, Curry joined the NBA Assistant Coaches Program. She talked about her expe­ri­ences there.

12:00 — The grow­ing female influence

More and more females are get­ting oppor­tu­ni­ties to coach on the men’s side of bas­ket­ball. Curry talked about the impor­tance of tak­ing gen­der out of the equa­tion and appre­ci­at­ing coach­es’ true value.

14:40 — A whol­ly unique phi­los­o­phy with roster-building

Of the 13 schol­ar­ship play­ers on the Black Bears’ ros­ter, 12 come from a com­bined 11 for­eign coun­tries. And that’s just one ele­ment of their approach, which also includes:

  • Being super con­ser­v­a­tive with offers
  • Prioritizing char­ac­ter and academics
  • Avoiding AAU tournaments
  • Scouting remote­ly and overseas

18:00 — This tran­si­tion to remote? It wasn’t that hard.”

Curry esti­mates 80 per­cent of their eval­u­a­tion process of a recruit is done remote­ly. In the post-COVID world, could this be a blue­print for the future?

20:40 — Everyone looks great on a high­light reel”

What sep­a­rates the good from the great? Curry dis­cussed all the dif­fer­ent things she looks for on film when eval­u­at­ing a player’s fit for the Black Bears program.

25:45 — Applying coach­ing lessons from abroad

Find your own lane,” says Maine head coach Richard Barron. That helps explain the foun­da­tion of the Black Bears’ inter­na­tion­al influence. 

30:25 — The many hats Curry wears at Maine

It would be eas­i­er for Curry to tell you what she doesn’t do as an assis­tant coach. That includes her role as the small ver­sa­tile staff’s de fac­to tech­nol­o­gy expert. It’s all about turn­ing dis­ad­van­tages into advantages.

36:00 — Advice for remote coaching

Communication is key. So is logis­tics. Curry dis­cussed the most impor­tant things coach­es can be doing right now to set the table for the rest of the offseason.

40:20 — The val­ue of pen and paper

Journaling is impor­tant in Curry’s coach­ing. Players will write down their work­outs and progress, and even write let­ters to her through­out the sea­son (just don’t write sloppy!)