During the past few years, the state of Arkansas has produced incredible talent on the basketball court. It has been just over twenty years since Arkansas was at the center of the basketball universe with Nolan Richardson’s 1994 Arkansas Razorbacks winning the National Championship. The groundwork has now been put into place for the next generation of talented players to come out of Arkansas.
What most people think of when they hear the name “The Breakfast Club” is the movie from the 1980’s about a group of kids who spend time in detention, facing a disciplinarian principal. However, the group of kids this article will cover is in no way, shape, or form in trouble for anything. In fact, this group of student-athletes may be one of the most talented ever assembled.
The background of the Breakfast Club is somewhat unique; because of how it started and just how quickly the group has expanded. According to Marcus Monk, “The club started out with three members last year.” The group is a fraternity, or perhaps a brotherhood, and basketball gives these young men an avenue of ways to improve themselves both on and off the basketball court. Most fraternities have rules and the Breakfast Club is no exception.”
The Breakfast Club meets two to three times a week at 6:30 in the morning. The discipline it takes to do this is impressive since very few adults leave the house before 7 in the morning these days. What is discussed in the group, which includes: Malik Monk, Tyler Robinson, Asa Hutchinson, Jordan Hemphill, Cornelius Pratt, Gabe Hornsby, Alex Jackson and Max Chambers, stays in the group. Basketball is part of what this is about. However, the conversations that take place are also a huge part of of the club that stay private and do not leave the walls of the gym.
The Breakfast Club is not a private organization anyone that plays high school basketball can attend. Basketball drills that take place are largely individual work that focuses on improving weaknesses in each individual’s game. Running the floor, working on ball handling, and shooting drills are a large part of what takes place at 6:30 in the morning on meeting days. Every member of the group improves by taking part in the fraternity and having the discipline to wake up early and follow a set schedule.
The Breakfast Club puts in work on the court, but the young men are also given homework by Marcus Monk. Questions are asked during the practice sessions and every member has to give an answer to some tough questions. For example, “What is the definition of leadership?” And while, at first glance, the questions may seem sports-related, there’s more to it than that. The questions help develop the bond and helps strengthen the brotherhood that the practices and time on the court are developing. These sports-related questions are also real-world questions and relationship questions designed to not only make the individual a better athlete, but also a better member of society in a world off the basketball court.
It does not happen very often that a group of elite players such as this comes together to improve on the abilities they have. Individual egos often times get in the way but that is not the case here. People like to give young athletes bad rap sometimes, but honestly the work ethic these young men possess is better than the work ethic of most adults. Every young man in the Breakfast Club has all the potential in the world. Many fans are looking to forward to watching the players that make up the Breakfast Club this season. Whatever these young men choose to do in the world later on, whether it be basketball, or something else, they will never forget the experiences at the Breakfast Club and the lessons they learned.