In 1993, Calvin Murphy, former guard for the Houston Rockets, overcame all odds to became the shortest NBA player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. Today he demonstrates his renowned defensive moves and free-throw shooting skills as the owner and instructor at Planet Hoops, a training facility dedicated to youth basketball. Girls and boys of all skill levels can master the fundamentals at the center?s basketball school, and the 4-week itty bitty basketball program accommodates 3-4 years olds with lowered basketball hoops and color commentary from Big Bird. Planet Hoops also hosts camps and clinics thoughout the year, and offers private lessons for individuals and small groups.
Illusion Institute takes its name from the ultimate illusionists: basketball players. They’ll feign a dribble to the left, then charge to the right. They’ll fake a pass, then take a shot. The trainers keep their illusionist students sharp with private or group basketball training, camps, and game recording.
Reggie Rusk spent five seasons playing for the NFL before opening his own gym, The Next Level. However, this gym doesn't just cater to football players—young basketball and soccer players also number among its rank—or even just athletes. People of all fitness levels and ages join to stay healthy. Workouts vary both in technique—equipment ranges from boxing gloves and kettlebells to battle ropes and giant tires—and location, with indoor sessions at the gym and outdoor sessions at football fields and sand-volleyball courts, among others.
FunDMental Hoops is a basketball training organization whose camps, clinics, and events launch young players toward trophies. Its courts are the domain of founders Karon Bradley and Jeremiah Boswell, a retired pro basketball player whose credentials and awards speak to his sharply honed skills. Karon helped put his Marquette University team in the NCAA Final Four, while Jeremiah earned two Defensive Player of the Year awards at Columbia University. Today they both play professionally overseas?where basketballs spin counterclockwise instead of clockwise?but when they're stateside they're coaching kids alongside fellow FunDMental trainers.