BANGOR – Grit, grind and hustle. Three words to live by when you step foot into “All-Star Alley,” the newest addition at Unlock Your Potential and Results Basketball.
“We wanted to you know have a space that we could remind athletes that you know success doesn’t come without hard work,” Unlock Your Potential co-owner, Matt Mackenzie, said.
The yellow floor and pictures on the wall pay homage to the Maine McDonald’s all-stars.
“When they come in here to work they have something to look at on the wall. Also for the athletes that have already made the game when they come in here and continue to work it’s what can I do to set that next goal,” Mackenzie said.
“All-Star Alley,” is a path for the good to become elite with the help of two pieces of analytical technology.
The Vertimax, which uses resistance training, and Fit Lights, which uses light sensors to test a players reaction times, technology Golden State Warriors guard, Stephen Curry has used in the past.
“You know it’s definitely good training your mind,” Hampden boys basketball guard, Bryce Lausier, said.
“The resistance definitely feels like having someone behind you and yea I’ve definitely seen the results,” Husson women’s basketball forward, Bailey Donovan, said.
Both Donovan and Lausier have seen results from the Vertimax and Fit Lights in games. In Hampden boys basketball’s win over Brewer on Jan. 11, Lausier read the defense on a ball screen and made a split-second decision to drive to the basket and scored the game-winning bucket.
The play is something Lausier has practiced countless times.
“That play right there you know I’ve been working on that with Matt for two years now so using it in a game to win a game by doing that is pretty cool,” Lausier said.