A small High School female player training for an hour a day may need only 2,000 calories per day but a 7 foot professional player may need up to 6,000 to 7,000 calories per day.
Male athletes who train for more than 90 minutes per day may neeed more than 23 calories per pound of body weight. 200lb Ball player = 4,600 Calories
Basketball has eight different changes in movement and players average 997 changes in movement during a 48minute game- that equals to a change of movement every 2 seconds.
Only 15% of playing time in a basketball game is high intensity, but the high intensity is the determining factor between winning or losing.
Basketball players need more than 2.7 grams of carbohydrate per pound of body weight per day. During heavy training and competition carbohydrate needs increase 3.6-4.5 grams per pound of body weight per day.
Basketball players need .6 to .8 grams of protein per pound of body weight per day. (lean proteins are ideal)
Basketball Players need at least .45 grams of Fat per pound of body weight. (Healthy fats: Olive oil, nuts, avocado)
SOURCE: American Dietetic Association