Success in the weight room is critical to success on the court. Professional athletes are bigger and stronger now than ever before. Well, this transformation into a superhuman begins while still in college.
When somebody is first learning a sport, the weight room is an afterthought. Nobody is going to tell a 14-year-old who can't post-up a defender that he needs to bench-press 40 more pounds. At a certain point, though, the focus shifts.
While it is true that any self-respecting, skilled professional still spends hours upon hours working on technique, the primary purpose of this type of individual practice is to make slight adjustments and avoid regressions. However, at a certain level, success becomes near impossible if a player is unable to match up strength-wise. A strict gym regiment becomes anything but extraneous.
Some make this transition sooner than others.
Here are 10 college basketball players who need to hit the weight room.