Case Studies 2017-07-20T18:01:19+00:00



Given Joventut de Badalona’s renowned ability to consistently produce some of the brightest hopes in Spanish basketball and its complicated financial situation (the third lowest budget in the Liga ACB for the 2013-2014 season), it has a adopted very clear strategy: developing its young talent.

In the 2013-2014 season, Joventut de Badalona decided to hire PRO 3 to evaluate and strengthen the psychological characteristics of the youngest players on its first team, whose average age was 24, in order to improve performance, communication, player management and locker room attitude.




  • Profile the youngest players on the first team on a psychological level.
  • Detect the players who most need monitoring.
  • Outline the methodology to work and communicate with the youngest players on the first team for the coaching staff.
  • Determine which reserve team players have the best psychological potential and profile to play for the first team.

People involved

  • JORDI MARTÍ, Sporting Director
  • SALVA MALDONADO, First Team Coach




  • Definition of the project requirements.
  • Analysis of the resources (people, time, materials) provided by the club.
  • Work plan.


  • Completion, in groups of 3, under PRO 3 personnel supervision, of the PRO 3 online evaluation by the list of players provided by the club.


  • Delivery of the results of PRO 3’s evaluation.
  • Meeting with a PRO 3 psychologist to interpret the results, player by player and on the group level, with the first team coach and the sporting director.
  • Definition of improvements in terms of the level of sporting management on the court, in the locker room and away from the game.


  • Definition of the list of players for whom a monitoring programme would be suitable.
  • On-court analysis.
  • Individualised exercises and interviews with the players.
  • Reports for the coaching staff.



Place and format

The PRO 3 sport personality evaluation was conducted at the club’s premises an hour before an afternoon training session. The players completed the 297 questions online in groups of 3 under the supervision of a member of the PRO 3 team, who was present not only to focus their attention and answer their questions but also to analyse the behaviour of the players while taking the test.

Assessment of results: Initial situation

  • Meeting with Salva Maldonado and Jordi Martí to interpret the players’ results one by one.
  • Identification of the players with a high potential for success and comparison with their actual performance on the court in order optimise their management.
  • Identification, in conjunction with the coaching staff, of the players who should have a personal monitoring programme.
  • Definition of the ‘chemistry’ of the team and the profile best suited to it on the personal level.


  • On-court analysis of the behaviour of the players designated for the monitoring programme.
  • Personal interviews with the players conducted by a PRO 3 psychologist in order to define the work to be done on the court, in the locker room and away from the game.
  • Personal interviews with the players and the sporting director to facilitate communication.
  • Issuance of work reports and results to the sports director.


The results of the PRO 3 evaluation and the personal interviews held with one of the Joventut de Badalona players were instrumental in the club’s decision not to renew the player’s contract.
PRO 3’s psychological profile on one player who was constantly moving from the first to the second team revealed the need for routines and stability in order to maximise his performance. The coaching staff decided to field the player exclusively on the first team and impose a strict schedule in terms of training, game time and plays for this player, resulting in a significant improvement in his performance.
Cross-referencing PRO 3’s results with the sporting performance of one of the evaluated players revealed a high potential for leadership and success. These results led to the coaching staff’s decision to give this player more responsibilities on the court and make him a key figure for the team both on the court and in the locker room, with a view to the future.
PRO 3’s results showed a lack of competitive intelligence in stress situations in one of the evaluated players. In response, the coaching staff defined a series of very clear plays for this player and made the decision to not put him on the court in the last minutes of the game, as this is when the risk of errors and poor decisions would be at its highest.
PRO 3’s results for one of the reserve team player’s, along with his technical and physical reports, revealed a high potential for success and indicated that he would be a good fit for the chemistry of the first team. This was a key factor in the club’s decision to give the player the opportunity to train with the first team and possibly join it next season.