WHERE IT ALL STARTED
In 2005, I was selected as a McDonald’s All-American. I played the next 2 years collegiately at a high-major university such as The University of Kansas. I played my first 4 years as a professional basketball player in the NBA (2007 1st round, 13th pick overall - New Orleans Hornets 2007-2010 | Toronto Raptors 2010-2011). Lastly, I played in the NBA Development League with the Austin Toros (2012 Champion) before playing overseas almost 10 years.
What allows my basketball training to stand out is that I’ve lived it; I have been trained by elite basketball trainers who train the same elite players you see in the NBA. These trainers were keen to assess what I needed to work on, yet shaped my career by encouraging me to continuously work on various skills. I’d most certainly define myself as a an ALL-PURPOSE player. At 6 feet 8 inches in height while weighing 235 pounds, I have played point guard in high school, power forward at The University of Kansas, small forward in the NBA, and power forward/center overseas. Every stop of the way, I have worked on my skills even if certain skill sets of mine were not heavily utilized by coaches during certain (parts of) seasons depending on their philosophy.
I’ve reached a point where I fully understand the nuances of progressions in skill sets that are detected by those in positions who can advance one’s athletic career. My goal is to assist clients with getting ahead of the curve. I have developed a keen sense of what high school coaches look for in middle schoolers, what college coaches look for in high schoolers, what general managers look for in NBA Draft prospects, and what international teams look for in American (USA passport) players. (It’s a completely different style of basketball played overseas.)
In closing, I desire to convert players into Jacks and Janes of all trades, masters of multiple skills. As in the case of various industries, employers are seeking employees who can wear different hats regardless of their official title within that particular organization. Now, it’s no different within the basketball world as it’s common to see guards posting up and being one of the team’s best rebounders (e.g., Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade, especially in his prime) as well as front court players who are their team’s best passer; seemingly walking and breathing triple-doubles (e.g., Ben Simmons, Draymond Green, Candace Parker, Elena Delle Donne, and Giannis Antetokoumbpo).