Nickoli Cody: 6th Grade Sharpshooter

COVER April 15 2018 Nickoli CodyNickoli Cody is a 6th grade sharpshooter that hails from Williams, Arizona.

He travels the long distance from Williams to play with the All-Stars Basketball Academy in the tournaments and leagues taking place throughout metro-Phoenix area.

Nickoli sports a nice 3-pointer with range.   College and NBA distance is a non-issue for Nickoli.  In addition, he has handles way beyond his age that allows him to create his own shots.   

But what is truly special about this young man is his dedication to training and his commitment to team work.  This commitment is reflected in his ability to pass the ball as good as he shoots it.   He cheers for his teammates' success as loudly as he cheers for his own 3-pointers.

He also has a knack for going after rebounds and putting the ball back into the hoop with great touch.

Keep your eyes on Nickoli Cody since the pace of improvement that he is displaying now indicates that Arizona has another hoops star in the making.

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Steven Hunter NBA Skills Camp | June 13 - 15

2018_JUNE_Steve Hunber NBA Skills Camp

Steven Hunter is a former Suns player and a accomplished 10 year NBA veteran. He would like to personally invite your teams to attend his NBA Skills Basketball Camp this Summer!

The dates are June 13th-15th, 2018.  He and his team of trained coaches will personally facilitate the teaching of fundamental basketball skills during this 3-day event.

At this camp the kids will not only learn about basketball, but they will learn what it takes to build a road map to success. Special invited college coaches, Academic advisors and NBA Scouts are all special invited guest speakers during camp to provide the kids with the blueprint to success as a basketball player.

Lunch will be provided, and special awards and giveaway items will available for participants to earn.

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The High School All-American Showcases

High School All-American ShowcaseGame Play

All players will play in at least 3 games.  Every player will play at least half of each game.  College coaches will be invited to watch each game.

Skill Development

Every player will participate in a skill session led by our Showcase Director.  All Showcase Directors are college or professional coaches.

Exposure

Every player will be evaluated and these evaluations get sent to coaches nationwide.  

All games are filmed.  College and professional coaches will be able to view every game.  Players have the option to get game film and / or mixtapes.

Showcase Cost

$125.00 per player

Showcase Age

Males ages 13-19

To Visit their Website

Click here

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Top 100 Showcases | Providing Recruiting Opportunities

Top 100 HoopsAre you a basketball player that's trying to improve your national or state ranking?  

Top 100 Showcases provide players across the country the chance to display their skills to recruiting services and college coaches nationwide.  Last year 98 of the Top 100 High School players in the country signed with a Division I school, while the other 2 went straight on to playing professionally.    On a state level, being ranked in the Top 100 in your individual state will almost assure yourself a college scholarship at some level.

If you have the ability and haven't found the right platform to demonstrate your talent then a Top 100 Showcase is the event for you!

Showcase Cost is $120.00

Showcases are for Male Players Ages 13 and older.

There is a $25.00 late registration fee for players not registered and paid 10 days prior to each event.

To register click HERE

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A Look Inside of Practice: The Ultimate Guide for All

A Look Inside of Practice: The Ultimate Guide for Athletes, Parents, and Coaches

by Alex Kneip | JuniorHoops.com

Practice ImageAs Allen Iverson said, “…we’re talking about practice.”

Athletes – if you do not know, in this quote by the hall of famer, Iverson talked about practice and how he thought it was silly that the press was asking him about practice. In this quote, he also talked about games. What he said about games was, “Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game like it’s my last.” Allen Iverson truly was an artist of the game—a true legend—but imagine how much greater he would have been if he had the same mentality about practice as he did games from the beginning of his career. Another quote I like from Allen Iverson is, “When you are not practicing, someone else is getting better.” Now you can see why he was one of the greatest to ever play the game—it is because he had this mindset.

Hard workA few things coaches look for in practice every day is who gives maximum effort, has the best attitude, and thinks of his teammates and the success of the team before anything else. Trust me, if you display these attributes, you will ensure the highest success throughout your school/basketball years. Also, notice how I put school before basketball… that is because basketball is a privilege. I have not met a coach yet (thankfully) who does not care about your success in the classroom the same or more than your success in the gym. Any athlete can excel in school because all it takes is hard work (effort) and having a good attitude. You do not have to be the smartest person to do well in all subjects. By showing your teachers you care about your grade, it makes them want to help you succeed all the greater. Just like by showing you care about your position on the team makes the coach want to help you succeed even more. By going in after classroom hours to get tutoring will help any athlete out with his grades. At the same time, spending time outside of practice doing skill work will help out any athlete with his game and possibly getting more playing time. One more example is that coaches look for who is responsible and reliable off the court, so they can trust them on the court. Ways you can show your coach you are responsible and reliable is turning in all of your grade checks in on time, showing up to practice on time, and communicating about being tardy or absent.

CheerParents – I am a parent and being a coach, I have learned to be understanding with parents whenever they express their concerns to me about their child… I get it—parents just want what is best for their child all the time and I believe it is my job to give them my best. I encourage parents to reach out to coaches and ask if they can stop by one practice and observe how practice is run. If the coach seems like he does not give it his all in practice, then maybe parents, it is time to have a conversation or assess what the best decision would be moving forward for your son’s success. Now, I do not mean to go into a practice and be a disruption or be judgmental about the coach not giving your child constant attention because the coach’s job is difficult and he can only give each player so much focused attention. The group as a whole is the coach’s biggest concern.

 

A good coachCoaches – I encourage you to always keep an open door policy, and coach with integrity. Each player deserves your best in practice and parents or no parents being present, you should always treat your athletes as if they were your kids and you just want what is best for all of them. In saying that, you should always be prepared for your practices. Create detailed practice plans and stick to them. Start on time, and end on time being consistent and respectful. I also encourage you to reach out early and often with ALL parents. Do not leave them in the dark about your child and BE POSITIVE. Do not put yourself into the trap of only having contact with your parents when there is an issue. This creates a toxic atmosphere and will make your job harder. Lastly, make practice fun! Do not just be go, go, go all the time… athletes play the game because they love it, and so we should not ruin that love, but we should grow it.

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Fireheart Basketball School and Club Program

Fireheart Basketball SchoolFireHeart Basketball School is an on-going not-for-profit “school” to teach youth about life through basketball and to teach basketball skills to young players. The primary operating facet of FireHeart is its ongoing basketball skills instruction and competition club basketball team.

Players who are enrolled in the school are automatically placed on the Arizona FireHearts Basketball Team- a competitive skill building club basketball team for all ages. Basketball will serve as a “fun” microcosm for the lessons that can be learned throughout life. 

The Arizona FireHearts Basketball School will offer a club team that has only FireHeart Basketball student-athletes participating. They will prepare students for competition as a member of our basketball club team. Club team competition will be optional and players wishing to participate need to only let the coaching staff know that they wish to do so. 

The school focuses on developing players, not just finding talented kids and rolling out the ball for them. The goal is to teach and build talent over time- not to merely find the already talented players and use them to win games. Furthermore, they want to inspire the kids to enjoy and appreciate the game of basketball as they grow and want to keep playing.

The head coach and founder of the school, Christopher R. Jackson, has two master’s degrees in education and has been a school teacher/coach/administrator for almost 20 years in pre-k, kinder, 1st-12th grades, and college.

Instruction will ALWAYS be done with a coach’s mindset and a parent’s heart, because that is who the head coach and founder of FireHeart is- a parent and a coach.  He understands the importance of being both and how they compliment one another.

  • Date(s): January 25 - May 31
  • Location:  Anza Trail School 15490 S Rancho Sahuarita Blvd, Sahuarita
  • Investment: $85 Annual Fee and $40 monthly tuition
  • Contact: Chris Jackson 
  • Email: fireheartbasketball@gmail.com
  • Phone: 520-390-6628

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