Aaron Santillan Profile:
- Team Esface Parent since circa 2011
- Son: Alexander Santillan (current 14U/8th grader, class of 2021)
- Born and raised: Cuautitlan Izcalli, Mexico (outside of Mexico City)
- Basketball resume: Scholarship player at Menlo College then Pro baller in Mexico
- Favorite workout: Anti-Softness
As all of us know, every player's basketball journey is different. Around 3rd grade, after a season playing recreational basketball, our son Alexander "informed" my wife and I that he had decided to focus on basketball and do anything in his power to play as high level as possible. Just like most parents do, we looked for different programs in the peninsula only to quickly realize not many would prepare him for high-level basketball, especially because he used to be easily intimidated by physical players.
In 4th grade, he attended his first anti-softness workout at Team Esface with coach Dele. He learned not only that basketball was a physical game but that there was a lot of work to do. He took it to heart, his conviction grew stronger, and his work ethic improved tremendously.
Now in 8th grade, Alexander keeps working on his skills and confidence in preparation for his first HS tryout next year and while there is still work to do on skills and confidence, being intimidated by the physicality of any opponent is no longer a concern thanks to the anti-softness workouts.
Moreover, when things go tough off the court, he always refer to the "grow through it" mentality. A workout instilling that mindset off the court? To me, that alone makes the Anti-softness workout my favorite workout ever!