Corey Allmond is Mr. Automatic.
As soon as the ball is in his hands everyone in the gym knows it’s as good as in.
What makes Corey Allmond’s shot so special?
Don’t Forget About Me!
What do hockey legend Jaromir Jagr and Corey Allmond have in common?
They both have a key to their respective training facilities.
When Jagr was traded to the Boston Bruins in 2013 for a possible run at Lord Stanley the first thing he asked management for was a key to practice facility.
Allmond opens the gym every morning at the Magic’s Practice Gym at Crandall University.
The Moncton Magic’s shooting guard simply calls it “Breakfast Club.”
You could say Allmond’s release is as timeless as John Hughes masterpiece from 1985.
“Shooters shoot,” Magic Asst Coach Todd McKillop said when asked what makes Allmond’s shooting mechanics so special.
“Corey has shot it a million times, it’s all about repetition,” McKillop added.
“Corey is the quickest guy in the league to get the shot into the pocket and then he’s got a perfect release.”
Is that what makes Corey Allmond, so lethal and automatic?
“He doesn’t have to think about it when he gets the ball in the pocket. It just falls into the pocket, then the release is perfect.”
Magic Asst. Matt Robertson echoes McKillop, but believes Allmond’s quickness and foot work is another key to his success.
“On the top side, his release is very compact,” Robertson said.
“From his shoulder, to pocket, to his hand, to the release, there isn’t a lot movement, it’s just so compact.”
Robertson has watched Allmond shoot the ball for three seasons.
“Up top is so repeatable, so compact, there’s just no moving parts, aside from the elbow, everything is square.”
Robertson credits Allmond’s foot work for his ability to get shots off when facing much taller defenders.
“His foot work is so good, but the threat of the jumper absolutely gets him time and space.”
“All he has to do is look at the rim and that throws the defender off.”
“Corey can keep guys off balance just by taking a small peak at the rim or giving a shoulder shrug.”
Robertson also points to analytics when looking at Allmond’s success, for the veteran coach it all comes down to gravity score.
“How much gravity do you have as a player, or how close is your defender to you.”
“When this first came out three years ago Kyle Korver had the highest gravity score in the NBA because his guy was the closest on average than anyone else.”
“In our league between Corey and Jay it’s a toss up, because they carry such high gravity scores that it just makes life easier for everyone else on the court.”
Shooters shoot and Corey Allmond certainly does that time and time again.
He’s simply unstoppable.
Born To Shoot
“Corey is one of the best shooters, I’ve seen,” Magic Head Coach Joe Salerno said.
“He’s one of the best around and that’s why he’s been around for so long.”
“Corey can be a little streaky from time to time, but when he’s on he just doesn’t miss.”
Salerno has coached the highly skilled shooting guard for the past three seasons and has seen it all when it comes to Allmond’s uncanny ability to shoot the ball from beyond the arc.
“That’s the first time Corey has been like that this season, but that’s kind of what he was made to do to, shoot a basketball,” Salerno said.
“You could sit there and watch him shoot all day.”
Shooting all day is exactly what Allmond does.
Strictly from a mechanics perspective in Salerno’s mind what makes Allmond so special and in many cases so automatic?
“Corey’s very compact and consistent, his stroke never changes,” Salerno said.
“He probably took three to four hundred reps this morning.”
Salerno believes Allmond shoots roughly 2,500 three pointers a week.
Work ethic, dedication and unparalleled will to win epitomizes Corey Allmond.
“Corey’s so consistent, from his foot work and balance, to his release points and his follow through, there’s only one moving part and that’s just after years and years of reps,” explained Salerno.
There’s no question Salerno’s offensive sets especially early on in games are designed to get Allmond the ball.
“We try to get him on that heater,” Salerno said with a smile.
Allmond was definitely on the heater Friday night at the Avenir Centre pouring in 37 pts in a landslide victory over the Kingston Waterloo Titan.
Allmond was unstoppable.
“Virtually all of our baseline or out of bounds sets are designed for either Corey or Jay,” explained Salerno.
“We definitely try to get him the basketball, but Corey can create his own offence.”
“He makes all the right reads, it’s fun to watch him shoot.”
Everything is automatic when you’re riding a heater, but when things go a little astray does the long time coach ever talk mechanics with Allmond?
“No, I’ve never talked to Corey about his mechanics,” confessed Salerno.
“I’ve coached him for three years, I’ve never said a word about his mechanics.”
“He’s a professional, he’s been doing this for a long time and has played at extremely high level in college, he’s a professional shooter.”
“I would never want Corey thinking about anything in his shot that he wasn’t hundred percent comfortable with.”
Salerno admits when Allmond struggled last year he did show the long range shooter a video highlight pack of three hundred or so made shots.
“I did that more as a confidence booster for him, but not one time have I talked about mechanics with Corey.”
Studying the Greats
So who taught Allmond how to shoot the basketball?
“It was just a work in progress,” confessed Allmond.
“My freshman and sophomore seasons in high school I was more a point guard so I was more of a driver and then I noticed that I had to start shooting the three because a lot of guys were backing off of me.”
“They were playing me for the drive so that summer I did a lot of form shooting and a lot of just working on my shot and watching videos of the greats like Ray Allen and Reggie Miller,” Allmond said.
“I was just taking pointers from their shot and just implement in my game.”
“Honestly I’m thinking about my balance,” admitted Allmond when asked about his release what he thinks about when he catches the ball.
“I have a habit of fading away a lot on my shots so I concentrate on balance, if I’m more balanced 8 or 9 out of 10, it’s going in.”
So how does Allmond adjust to larger defenders, is it about changing the angle, speed or picking the window?
“I’m not the fastest or tallest guy so I work on my hesitation a lot and just changing speeds.”
“When I do that a lot it throws the defences off. All I need is a little space, if I get a little space and I can get it off, it has a good shot at going in.”
The soft-spoken calm sharp shooter just smiles when asked how many shots he gets off a day.
“I’m at Crandall by eight am ever morning so I get about five hundred off at that time.”
“I’m there from probably eight to around nine fifteen, then we have practice at one, so I get there around noon and then I’ll shoot around another 150 before practice starts and I get up another 25 or 30 once practice ends.”
Allmond is quick to credit many of his former coaches for showing him the basics, but when it all boils down to it, it’s all Corey Allmond.
“As far as getting in there and finding my touch that’s just time in the gym.”
“That’s just being in the gym every day,” he said.
“Going in there and making a hundred form shots before I even step out to the three point line, that’s just getting that touch and finding that feel of the basketball.”
Clutch shooters and performers always want the ball in their hands when it matters most.
“I do, I do really do want the ball,” Allmond said with smile.
“Honestly, it depends on the game, the night that Billy had fifty-two, if the game came down to it, we would be going to Billy, you know it’s kind of like that with this team.”
“Anybody any given night and whoever has it going, we pretty much feed them.”
“If I have it going, of course I want the ball, but if someone else, I would definitely want to get them another shot,” Allmond said.
There’s no question Corey Allmond has ice in his veins when it comes to shooting the shot.
“For sure I love the big crowds, I love playing in a great atmosphere. I just love competing and winning.”
“Winning is the biggest thing, I don’t care whether I hit ten three’s or not as long as at the end of the game we win the game, that’s the most important thing to me.”
Watching Corey Allmond shoot the basketball is pure Magic.