(4-16-21) Girls high school basketball players will love watching the new Disney + series starring John Stamos…’Big Shot‘. The new series had its debut on Disney + today.
Getting ready to play a basketball player –
After getting ousted from his job in the NCAA for throwing a chair at a referee, a hothead men’s basketball coach Marvyn Korn must take a job at Westbrook School for Girls, a private all-girls high school, in an effort to redeem what’s left of his career and reputation. At first, Marvyn sees the Westbrook players as just X’s and O’s, as a mere pitstop on his road back to college ball. At the same time, the girls don’t take themselves seriously as a team, and the Westbrook community as a whole is nothing but hostile toward him. The unemotional and stoic Marvyn Korn soon learns that teenage girls are complicated human beings who require more than just tough love and two-a-days — they need real mentorship and genuine care. By discovering how to connect with his players and by cultivating more empathy and vulnerability, Coach Korn starts to grow into the man he’s always secretly hoped to be… and the father he never had. Meanwhile, the girls learn to take themselves more seriously, rising to Marvyn’s standards of excellence and finding their footing both on and off the court.
It doesn’t appear that any of the Westbrook School for Girls Sirens players actually have played on a competitive team while in high school…but they were well prepared to play and understand the game at a high level before filming started:
Monique Green: We were taking all of the shots that you see. We were actually taking them, there are no body doubles or anything. We were actually playing basketball!
Nell Verlaque: We did a two-month basketball boot camp beforehand. Then we continued that throughout filming. It was a lot. We learned every part of it. No part of it was fake. There were parts that I wish were fake but they were completely real.
- John Stamos – Marvyn Korn
- Jessalyn Gilsig – Holly Barrett
- Richard Robichaux – George Pappas
- Sophia Mitri Schloss – Emma Korn
- Nell Verlaque – Louise Gruzinsky
- Tiana Le – Destiny Winters
- Monique Green – Olive Cooper
- Tisha Custodio – Carolyn “Mouse” Smith
- Cricket Wampler – Samantha “Giggles” Finkman
- Yvette Nicole Brown – Sherilyn Thomas
The series will never be known as the next “Hoosiers’ but it is very enjoyable to watch as a fan of high school basketball. Give it a chance…it seems to be very kid friendly.