Mental Performance Coach, Mike Franco, explains why mental training is important for an athlete’s game

Mental Performance Coach, Mike Franco, explains why mental training is important for an athlete’s game

August 18, 2022

Franco believes mental training is important because it is a skill set that an athlete can add to their game that will only make them better. When an athlete mentally trains, it helps them trust and feel confident in their basketball skills, such as ball handling or shooting, when they are in competition or a game. Mental training can help with the pressure on an athlete as well as all the distractions that may come their way.

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Iniko McNeil reflects on his summer internship with UPB as he continues his basketball journey

Iniko McNeil reflects on his summer internship with UPB as he continues his basketball journey

August 11, 2022

“[I have enjoyed seeing the athlete’s progress] unfold right in front of me. It was just refreshing because I feel like the level of basketball I’m at now, everyone kind of can shoot [and] everyone can dribble. You don't get to appreciate [and see someone] going from not being able to do something to actually doing it,” McNeil said.

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Walter Lum spends the summer with UPB before his final season at Whitman College

Walter Lum spends the summer with UPB before his final season at Whitman College

August 04, 2022

“Training with Packie and with the other trainers has been a really good experience just learning new things from them… Especially training with Packie has taught me a lot in terms of just how he goes about training his pros all the way down to the younger kids and breaking stuff down to the very basics," Lum said.

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Grant Williams reflects on his remarkable third season with the Boston Celtics

Grant Williams reflects on his remarkable third season with the Boston Celtics

July 28, 2022

“It was heartwarming to feel the success that from all the years of I feel like energy and effort that [I] put in leading up to that point. It just just showed that hard work pays off. It gave me a better mentality heading on throughout the rest of my career and honestly through the finals of just being confident,” Williams said.

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Seven NBA rookies show off their game in the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League

Seven NBA rookies show off their game in the 2022 Las Vegas Summer League

July 21, 2022

Jabari Walker and six other talented rookies that participated in the Summer League worked with Unlimited Potential Basketball’s Coach Packie Turner in Santa Barbara over the summer. Here are how those guys performed in Vegas:

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Sabrina Ionescu starts in her first WNBA All-Star Game

Sabrina Ionescu starts in her first WNBA All-Star Game

July 15, 2022

This past weekend, New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu started in her first All-Star Game at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois. After missing nearly her entire rookie season and leading her team to the WNBA Playoffs in her second season, Ionescu has continued to put in countless hours of work to continue to excel in her basketball career and receive her first All-Star selection.

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Coach Packie Turner spends another summer in Santa Barbara preparing eight talented athletes for the 2022 NBA Draft

Coach Packie Turner spends another summer in Santa Barbara preparing eight talented athletes for the 2022 NBA Draft

July 07, 2022

All of these athletes dedicated a tremendous amount of time and dedication to get to where they are today. In their last two and a half months before the final countdown to the Draft, they spent their time with Coach Packie working on what they could improve in their game and what can make them successful at the next level.

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Coach Packie Turner shares his experience at the 2022 NBA Draft

Coach Packie Turner shares his experience at the 2022 NBA Draft

June 30, 2022

“It was pretty special to get extended an invite by Jalen Williams. He said he just felt that I helped him a lot on this journey, and we're going to continue to build a strong working relationship together and he wanted me to be there to be a part of it,” Coach Packie said.

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Take a look at the newest NBA players: Chet Holmgren, Jalen Williams, Christian Braun, E.J. Liddell, Kendall Brown and Jabari Walker

Take a look at the newest NBA players: Chet Holmgren, Jalen Williams, Christian Braun, E.J. Liddell, Kendall Brown and Jabari Walker

June 23, 2022

Unlimited Potential Basketball’s Coach Packie Turner recently returned from Santa Barbara after working out and preparing talented NBA prospects for the 2022 NBA Draft. The draft was held on Thursday, June 23rd, and Coach Packie was invited to watch the draft in person at Barclays Center with the guys he worked with over the summer. The UPB Team is excited to see all that these young men will accomplish in their upcoming NBA career!

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Introducing UPB’s newest addition: DyShawn Hobson

Introducing UPB’s newest addition: DyShawn Hobson

June 16, 2022

“I feel that the best assets that I had as a basketball player always revolved around IQ, decision making, knowing the game, and studying it better than a lot of players that may have been more talented athletically,” Hobson said. “So I think transitioning in that and using that to help other players reach their goals is a big thing for me, and I think will be really beneficial.”

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Meet Jenna Kilty: UPB’s Player Development Intern

Meet Jenna Kilty: UPB’s Player Development Intern

June 09, 2022

“[Basketball] just brings me so much happiness… The people that I've met through playing basketball and the relationships I've created, it's such a big community. You can walk into any gym and spark up a conversation with anyone,” Kilty said. “I just think the whole basketball community is something I'm drawn to.”

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UPB Player Development Coach, Nick Kanno, looks to give back to the next generation of hoopers

UPB Player Development Coach, Nick Kanno, looks to give back to the next generation of hoopers

June 02, 2022

“Making an impact on the players and the kids that I work with, it just kind of makes sense,” Kanno said. “It's just kind of who I am and I feel [that] it's part of my purpose to give back and [teach] the things that I've learned and to help benefit other people [since] I was in their situation at one point in time.”

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