By Jake Fischer
The practice scoreboard loomed large during James Miller's tenure as head coach at New Mexico Junior College. "They see 19:43 on the clock and everyone's like, 'Oh man…'" Miller says. Those digital numbers bespoke conditioning terror. The drill, dubbed "20 in 20," required a full suicide sprint by the time 19:00 appeared on the clock. Players rested during the next 17 seconds, another complete suicide looming before the clock reached 18:00. After each pair of dashes, the allotted time would trickle down by two seconds, funneling towards the ultimate minute when New Mexico's players had to cross the final, 20th baseline in just 33 seconds.
"Only two guys could actually make the time, every time," says Miller, currently an assistant at North Texas. "Chris Boucher, who's now with the Warriors, and Kenrich Williams. It shows not only what kind of shape you're in, but what kind of toughness you have."