Marcus Hatten Foundation: For the Love of the Game

Upon entering a community center on an autumn Saturday morning and seeing a coach leading three players through various drills might not appear to be an uncommon site. Many players have gone through dribbling drills where they have utilized a chair as a mimic defender. What does make this clinic uncommon is the individual coach who is leading the drills and that coach’s name was Marcus Hatten.

Hatten was a franchise player during his time at St. John’s by averaging 21.2 points per game in his two years for the Red Storm. His personal accolades include being named All-Big East First Team in his two seasons at St. John’s and every time Hatten put on the St. John’s uniform, the Red Storm had a chance to win the game. In 2002 Hatten lead the Red Storm to the NCAA tournament and followed up in 2003 by upsetting Duke at Madison Square Garden and making a run to the NIT Championship and Hatten was named the NIT MVP.

Upon graduating from St. John’s, Hatten went to training camp for both the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets and has primarily played professional basketball abroad. Hatten has played in professional leagues in Poland, Spain, Greece, Italy and Israel. Currently Marcus plans on playing in Germany this upcoming basketball season.

While many with credentials would charge a significant hourly rate for personal training Hatten does not. There are also certain coaches that will work with only the extremely talented prospects but at the Marcus Hatten Foundation all participants receive instruction directly from Hatten. The expectation for all players is in all drills and activities is they have to do each drill correctly and if necessary repeat a move until the player does the move effectively .

When correcting players certain coaches might yell and scream to prove their point. Hatten demonstrates the antithesis of this by keeping a calm demeanor when guiding athletes. With a soft tone Hatten is able to critique the player without having to raise his voice or alienate the player.

The lessons that are taught by the Marcus Hatten Foundation transcend the game of basketball and try to guide athletes to make right decisions off the court. One player inadvertently interrupted a conversation that was occurring and Hatten politely corrected the individual. Hatten also spent time after the clinic to explain the importance of decision-making off the court to a high-school athlete.

Improvement is also something that occurs when working with the Marcus Hatten Foundation. Jeff Greenberg who had his son Nicholas, 16, attend the clinic said “My son bonded with him (Hatten) as they share a love for basketball and calm personalities. After working with Marcus, my son proceeded to not only put his lessons to work on the court but called me down to our underground garage to show me he was practicing what Marcus taught him. Staying low, dribbling techniques, the sweep and foot shuffle became part of our vocabulary.”

Marcus Hatten and his foundation are providing high quality instruction to students in the game of basketball and trying to guide athletes to make correct decisions in life. There are many providers and organizations that do clinics or individual instruction but momentary gain is the sole purpose for those organizations. At the Marcus Hatten Foundation the sole motivation is to use the love for the game of basketball to help improve people’s lives.