First work on your ball handling. Practice dribbling while standing, while low, when walking and running. Go to Dre Baldwin channel on Youtube and find his ball handling drills. Then passes and then defence and footwork (especially footwork it’s one of the most important things). Work on these fundamentals for a month or two (don’t shoot yet be disciplined and fight the urge) then start doing layups (you have to be able to make 80-90 percent of your layups) Then start training shooting. Find Pro Shot Shooting System on Youtube and watch all his videos. This coach dedicated his life to finding the best shooting mechanics. When it comes to shooting this coach is better then any other in the world. Even though that in basketball you are always jumping and that might increase secretion of your growth hormone, it is such a small increase of HGH, that you won’t grow from it. Also, there is the argument that jumping in basketball game or practice you are constantly increasing blood flow in critical body parts like legs and spine. This will make your muscle tissue growth, and also it should strengthen your bones and increase your bone density, but you won’t experience direct, or indirect height grows from this either. If I can give you advice, I would purchase the one Olivia have used. I had the same ebook, and it worked like a wonder for me. But don’t get me wrong. It took several months to grow taller, and I had to put a lot of work in. Every day I was following advice from the ebook and doing the exercise and much more. But it was well worth it. At least for me.
You can play on the perimeter or in the paint, and each is a wildly different experience. Or you can split the difference and show your midrange game. You can play back to the basket, face up, purely dish out assists, crash the boards for rebounds, go for steals, shoot off like a rocket on the fast break, fake out people in the post, help others by setting screens, break someone’s ankles, or all of the above. The next thing you should learn is individual defense. The reason for this over everything else is because it doesn’t take much time to learn how to defend properly. Anyone can do it with some effort, and it makes it much harder for the other team to score when every opponent defends. For shooting, start with set shots (no jumping) and start close to the basket. Move away from the basket when you get better. Proper technique and lots of practice should help you improve. From there onwards you can learn more difficult scoring methods, fancy dribbles and passes. You should also learn how to use the pick-and-roll with teammates to help you or them score. Depending on what your strengths are, you can choose which position/role to play. For pick up games and most non competitive games, the front court players are not that much taller/bigger than back court players. It’s the playing style and skill that determines your position.