Meet the newest addition to the UPB Family: Michael Orlich

Meet the newest addition to the UPB Family: Michael Orlich

July 22, 2021

“The closest people I've met in my life have all been through the game of basketball, and the coolest places I've ever been or experienced have usually been through the game of basketball,” Orlich said.

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Aidan Braccia’s hard work pays off during his junior year, and he’s just getting started

Aidan Braccia’s hard work pays off during his junior year, and he’s just getting started

July 15, 2021

Currently, Braccia has four offers to take his game to the collegiate level. He has offers from the University of Hawaii, American University, University of Alabama at Birmingham and the most recent, San Jose State.

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Frankie Ferrari finishes up year two in Spain, looks forward to what year three has in store

Frankie Ferrari finishes up year two in Spain, looks forward to what year three has in store

July 08, 2021

Ferrari said living in Spain compared to his home state in California was much different. It was different from the lifestyle, to the language and to the game of basketball. He learned a lot during his time of two years in Spain, and said that he has enjoyed it and believes playing there has benefited his game.

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Haley Van Dyke prepares for her last year as a Husky with hopes of success in the 2021-22 season

Haley Van Dyke prepares for her last year as a Husky with hopes of success in the 2021-22 season

July 01, 2021

“This year with the new coaching staff, I already feel like our relationships are so much better with our coaches, and I think that’s super important for being on a successful team,” Van Dyke said. “That’s what I’m really excited for. I’m excited to see where that will take us, and playing with the new girls and having kind of a fresh start and a clean slate to build from.”

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Haley Jones: The now two-time gold medalist

Haley Jones: The now two-time gold medalist

June 24, 2021

“Being a two-time gold medalist is not something a lot of people can say, so it’s just an honor and blessing,” Jones said. “It means the world to me to make my family proud and where I come from proud.”

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Preparation was key for Orlando Magic’s Chasson Randle and his success back on the court

Preparation was key for Orlando Magic’s Chasson Randle and his success back on the court

June 17, 2021

In that time of uncertainty for everyone during the pandemic, Randle said he was locked into working on his craft. Randle spent his time in the Bay Area, working out two to three times a day, six days a week, making sure he was prepared as possible for any opportunities coming his way.

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Hard work pays off for Jordan Poole, finishes 2020-21 season strong

Hard work pays off for Jordan Poole, finishes 2020-21 season strong

June 10, 2021

In his first game back with the Warriors, Poole showcased his improved talent with a 26-point game against the Suns in Phoenix, shooting over 50%. He went 10-16 from the field and 5-10 from behind the arc. It was his first game of the season scoring 20 points or more, and it did not stop there.

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Meet Trainer Ravi Patel

Meet Trainer Ravi Patel

May 29, 2021

Patel comes to UPB with these experiences in the world of basketball but most importantly a desire to help build self-confidence within all of UPB’s clients. Patel believes in learning basketball in any shape or form because he says “there’s lots of avenues for learning the game of basketball.” He also describes building confidence as a key agenda item regardless of who he is training, and so far that’s ranged from youth to college basketball players. 

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Mikayla Cowling Embraces Her Truest Self On and off the Court

Mikayla Cowling Embraces Her Truest Self On and off the Court

May 20, 2021

There’s no other way to put it besides the fact that Mikayla Cowling is a Bay Area staple. Her college career at Cal was filled with highlights, from being named to the PAC-12 All-Freshman Team in 2015 and to being named All-Pac-12 Honorable Mentions and All-Defensive Honorable Mention in 2016 and 2017, Cowling left Berkeley having impacted the area forever. After getting drafted by the Connecticut Sun in 2018, Cowling first headed overseas to develop.

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Mari Somvichian is Built for This

Mari Somvichian is Built for This

May 13, 2021

Mari Somvichian started playing basketball in second grade, barely able to see the rim from her small stature. Already though, her competitive juices were flowing. Just a beginner at her new craft, Mari asked her mom to sign her up for three weeks of basketball camp in the summer. Eight years later, and now a sophomore at Oakland Tech, not much has changed: Mari is nothing if not a competitor. 

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Aaron Gordon Mental Buckets Recap

Aaron Gordon Mental Buckets Recap

May 07, 2021

Denver Nuggets’ Aaron Gordon is more than a professional athlete. He was a heralded recruit out of the Bay Area, a star at University of Arizona, and the 4th overall pick in the NBA draft. Through a diligent work ethic, mindfulness, and a strong support system he is leaving a remarkable legacy. A steady self-awareness coupled with an eagerness to always get better allows Gordon to continuously push himself in workouts and as an activist. He runs a non-profit, takes on different roles on the court, and started a media company, demonstrating to the next generation everyone's potential is unlimited.

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Meet UPB Digital Content Creator, Max Gilberg

Meet UPB Digital Content Creator, Max Gilberg

May 01, 2021

Max Gilberg’s “Scary Hours” video of Jordan Poole in the UPB gym is a dynamic one minute mixtape showcasing the high-flying guard’s latest work on the court. The video runs for about a minute, and has garnered over 12.7k on social media. Gilberg estimates that he put close to eight hours into that video from conception to release, and actually won a video competition from it. But, even the sheer amount of work can’t epitomize just how much Gilberg lives, breathes, and eats content creation. After talking to him for just a few minutes, it’s clear how passionate he is about what he does. 

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