‘Next Level’ is a talent identification and basketball skills development training program for elite young players. The aim of the overall program is to develop advanced level skills, while providing the right type of support and assistance talented players need to increase their profile, exposure and access to new opportunities throughout the UK, mainland Europe, USA and other parts of the world.
The program has been developed as a follow-on from the MM Boot Camp concept and was originally founded in partnership with our friends at the Luol Deng Foundation to provide players with aspirations and realistic potential of playing at the ‘Next Level’ with the tools to help them make it happen. Through Reach & Teach, the program will now push ahead with establishing a platform to identify, evaluate, train and support the next generation of British basketball stars.
The overall program is delivered across 4 areas:
Next Level Workouts
Next Level Workouts represent the ‘open trials’ element to the program, where players are put through a series of athletic and fundamental skills evaluations. Players who show potential and talent at these workouts become eligible for inclusion in Next Level Masterclasses and potential scholarship support
Next Level Academies
Next Level Academies offer scholarships to talented players to attend basketball-focused academies that prepare players daily to compete against higher level competition. With over 15 hours of basketball training per week, which focuses on strengthening both fundamental and advanced techniques and strategy, personal training, sports therapy, video analysis, mental toughness training, SAT exam preparation and priority access to facilities for all scholarship players – Next Level Academies are the perfect place for talented players who are serious about wanting to be the best they can be. For existing academies or interested potential academies who would like to partner or affiliate with us, we are open to working with any and all institutions who are committed to providing elite training conditions for young English players. Contact Us to discuss how we may work together in supporting the next generation of British basketball stars.
Next Level Master Classes
Next Level Master Classes are by invite-only and feature the top players in the country coming together for advanced levels skills development training. Master Classes provide elite-level coaches and specialist trainers not commonly available to players across the UK. Previous Master Classes have included NBA stars such as Jason Kidd (Brooklyn Nets), Amare Stoudemire (New York Knicks), Tyson Chandler (New York Knicks) and Chris Paul (LA Clippers).
Next Level Invitational
The Next Level Invitational is an annual basketball tournament featuring the best players from across all of the elite academies in Britain, in addition to invited elite international teams. This showcase event provides an opportunity for the best to challenge themselves against the best – both nationally and internationally.
The other key feature of the program includes an updated players ranking list which will detail the best players from all of the Next Level activities (Workouts, Academies, Master Classes and Invitationals). Each of the top players on the list will be provided with their own player profile, online scouting report and game footage which will be released online and sent to coaches throughout our global network. The purpose of the ranking list is to help players increase their profile to coaches at higher levels than they currently play so that they may attract their attention and possible interest in recruiting them to their respective teams.
“There is no question Britain has talent. You only have to look at the like’s of Luol (Deng), Pops (Mensah-Bonsu), Matthew (Bryan-Amaning) and Joel (Freeland) to see that – and there are plenty of other British players in our midst who currently rank as elite level players on the international stage” said R&T’s Nhamo Shire. “We’ve been involved in helping find raw talent and delivering access to new opportunities whether at home or abroad for years, through our Midnight Madness program. With the ongoing development of the CBL and LSB, we are coming across more and more talent emerging up from the grassroots which needs a clear pathway through to elite play. Next Level gives us a structured, robust program to enable us to carry this process forward and improve the opportunities and support we can offer for all of our known and unknown stars of tomorrow.”
Reach & Teach work with a number of former US college scholarship players, European professional players and GB International players and coaches who are committed to giving back to the next generation of British basketball stars so they can take the game to new heights. Next Level will feature input from a number of professional players and coaches who have first-hand experience of the level many aspiring young players aspire to reach. Commonwealth Games medal winner and former GB International, (also a former US College All-American) Julius Joseph said “There’s a growing number of professional players and coaches at Reach & Teach who have come together to give back to the next generation and help them carry on the legacy…call it a passing of the torch if you will. Those of us who have had the privilege to play at the college and professional level want to share our insights and experiences with the future torch-bearers of our game so they can benefit from what we’ve been through and can learn what to expect as they progress through each stage of the game. Next Level is the perfect platform for us to do that”.
To sign up for the next available Next Level workout, click here to register.