• Building Blocks to the NBA Dream

    Sports • By Gabe Norwood • 01/06/2016 • 0 comments

    Pro Hoops staff with some of the future starts on the NBA



    For many NBA fans around the world, June is highly anticipated.  This time every year, the stage is set for the Finals, where the two best teams in the most prestigious basketball league put on a show. These teams naturally have some of the top players the league currently boasts. But as the season nears its end, a new crop of aspiring highlight-makers are waiting to see what team will call their names in the annual NBA Draft, held on June 23rd in Brooklyn, NY. 


    Scouts and experts rummage through their notes to find which youngster can make the transition from the collegiate level to the professional game; and lifestyle. One particular group that is gaining respect and popularity in preparing players for the next level is PRO HOOPS. Founded by Jay Hernandez, currently an assistant coach specializing in player development for the Orlando Magic, PRO HOOPS has become one of the premier basketball training programs in the world.


    “We offer individual, small group and team training. We also run camps and do NBA pre-draft training every year,” said PRO HOOPS Skills Trainer, Tim Burns.


    From the time draft prospects finish their amateur careers, they immediately turn to programs to perfect their skills and develop any weaknesses that they may have. PRO HOOPS’s line-up includes some of the biggest names in this year’s draft; Brandon Ingram (Duke), Jamal Murray (Kentucky), and Thon Maker who are all looking to maximize their talents.


    “The most valuable thing we can do for them is to prepare them mentally and physically for what they will see in team workouts,” said Burns. “I would say (the) 3-point distance, conditioning, and the overall approach to being a professional (are major adjustments). Guys need to change their diets, their commitment to stretching, and overall habits,” added the former George Mason University shooting guard.


    With a proven track record; including popular NBA stars Kemba Walker (Charlotte Hornets), Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls) and Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson (Los Angeles Lakers); PRO HOOPS shows no signs of slowing down as agents continue to turn to the New York-based company for guidance and training to get their clients to the NBA.


    “Down the line we could do more team training camps, and hopefully run some international events using the basketball network we have created,” Burns concluded.


    So, as the 2015-2016 NBA season draws to an end, one team will hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy as world champions. But with the guidance of the PRO HOOPS group, a new batch of talent is getting ready to take the NBA by storm and work towards the goal of being champs in the near future.


    For more information about PRO HOOPS follow at @prohoopsinc on Instagram

    Kemba Walker’s Preseason Workout with Jay Hernandez of PRO HOOPS



              NBA hopeful, Thon Maker, looks to improve his dribbling skills with the help of Burns: 


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    Tim Burns (on the right) working with former University of Virginia standout Anthony Gill:


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    After an impressive season for the Kentucky Wildcats, Jamal Murray pushes himself

    during a two-ball dribbling drill as Burns looks on:


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