Coach Packie Turner says Aaron Gordon is ready for a big third year with the Denver Nuggets

Coach Packie Turner says Aaron Gordon is ready for a big third year with the Denver Nuggets

November 03, 2022

“[Aaron is] kind of the key piece to their team from a standpoint of he guards the best player and he can take advantage of mismatches and do various things. He can create, he can play make,” Packie said. “I think Aaron's finding his rhythm with Denver, and he's going to have a big year. I think he's worked his tail off, and I think he's ready to take it up another notch.”

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Coach Packie Turner travels to New York to work with Brooklyn Nets’ Kessler Edwards

Coach Packie Turner travels to New York to work with Brooklyn Nets’ Kessler Edwards

October 27, 2022

During Packie’s three-day visit to Brooklyn, Packie was able to get a few workouts in with Edwards. The two were able to utilize the National Basketball Players Association’s gym in New York City the day before and the day after the season opener against the New Orleans Pelicans. Packie said it was a quick and productive trip.

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Meet the newest addition to the UPB Team: Jordan Hamilton

Meet the newest addition to the UPB Team: Jordan Hamilton

October 20, 2022

“If you give good energy, I realized that they'll obviously reciprocate it. They are there for a reason, they want to get better. I just want to make sure that I'm utilizing their time to the best of my ability to make sure that they are getting something when they walk away from it every single day,” Hamilton said. “I'm enjoying it. I have high hopes for the future, and I just want to keep it going.”

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Meet Annelise Ito: UPB’s New Player Development Coach

Meet Annelise Ito: UPB’s New Player Development Coach

October 13, 2022

Ito said being back in the gym has been incredible and she did not realize how much she missed basketball until she stepped foot in the facility. She has enjoyed seeing familiar faces come into the gym, meeting the new trainers, and seeing how much UPB has evolved since she trained at the facility a few years back. We are excited to have Ito on the UPB Team and to see her get back around the game she grew up loving.

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Josh Friedkin and Mikayla Cowling take on year 2 overseas in Israel

Josh Friedkin and Mikayla Cowling take on year 2 overseas in Israel

October 06, 2022

Two members of the Unlimited Potential Basketball family, Josh Friedkin and Mikayla Cowling, recently made their way back overseas to Israel to play professional basketball. We are so proud of all their accomplishments so far in their career, and we are excited to see how they will perform in their upcoming seasons.

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Haley Jones hopes to leave her mark on Stanford during her final collegiate season

Haley Jones hopes to leave her mark on Stanford during her final collegiate season

September 29, 2022

“I hope that in my last year here, I'm able to kind of leave a legacy almost. So like back to back to back Final Fours, hopefully two for three on Nattys, that is [what] I want in my senior year,” Jones said. “I want to have me personally and my class, the Funky Four, kind of cement our names in the Stanford legacy, that we came in [and] we changed the ways, like they hadn't won a Natty in 30 years. We went to three Final Fours, we went undefeated in the Pac, like that's unheard of. That's what I kind of want to leave after my senior year.”

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UPB Youth Charitable Foundation scholarship recipient, Kelly Ho, reflects on the organization and her time at UPB

UPB Youth Charitable Foundation scholarship recipient, Kelly Ho, reflects on the organization and her time at UPB

September 22, 2022

During her overall time at UPB, Ho explained that she has definitely seen a difference in her game, and has enjoyed working with the trainers at UPB. Ho said she would recommend the foundation to other basketball players because being at the gym has “been really good, and my favorite part is all the coaches [that] are supporting me. They encourage me and always tell me what to do to be better.”

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Get to know UPB’s Player Development Coach Russell Davis

Get to know UPB’s Player Development Coach Russell Davis

September 15, 2022

Davis has been at UPB for almost three weeks now and has been involved in both the group and private training at the facility. When he is working with an athlete, first and foremost he wants the athlete to enjoy their time and enjoy the grind that they are going through. He also wants to help produce well-rounded athletes and does this through his philosophy centered on “simplicity with detail.”

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Rūta Savickaitė gets back on the court with Jordan Poole in his Summer ’22 Europe Tour

Rūta Savickaitė gets back on the court with Jordan Poole in his Summer ’22 Europe Tour

September 08, 2022

“It's been amazing because I haven't really been working anybody out or been on the basketball court as a trainer in a very long time [since] I'm overseas and I'm doing more administrative work,” Savickaitė said. “It feels really good to be back on court everyday, going to the gym, having a basketball in [my] hands. It's just a good feeling."

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Introducing UPB’s New Player Development Coach: Danny LaFortune

Introducing UPB’s New Player Development Coach: Danny LaFortune

September 01, 2022

“People see [basketball] as just a game, but it can be so much more than that. It brings people together, it is its own community,” LaFortune said.”I feel that the people who are working in it are just all great people, and you could learn a lot from them. Other than that, I just love playing it and I love watching it. I love everything about it. I love teaching it more than anything else, [and] I don't think I could see myself doing anything else.”

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Meet UPB’s New Team Member: Matt Hopkins

Meet UPB’s New Team Member: Matt Hopkins

August 25, 2022

“[I] think it [is] a very exciting opportunity to learn from Packie, DyShawn and all the other great coaches that [UPB] has there. The variety of ages and skills is really cool, [for example,] working with kindergarteners all the way up to the highest level, [it is] definitely enhancing my perspective on the sport [which is] really what I'm just trying to do,” Hopkins said.

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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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