Today we’ll take a look at some basketball trainers on Instagram to help take your game to the next level. Over the last decade, basketball skills training and player development has emerged as an industry of its own, impacting all levels of the game.
As The Ringer reported, “more and more NBA players are turning their workouts (and summer highlight reels) over to private skill trainers. With the help of social media, some trainers are using the exposure to become entrepreneurs, newsmakers, and even celebrities in their own right.”
Tim Grover, who coached both Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, says the bar for entry has been lowered—“now any ex-athlete that doesn’t make it to the pros suddenly becomes a skills trainer”—the training being done has been “diluted,” and social media blurs what success looks like and the role of trainers in the basketball ecosystem. So we’ve pulled together a list of coaches have strong followings on social media, have received great reviews, and have worked with some of the best players in the country.
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Explore some basketball skills trainers and player development coaches all across the U.S., with a great Instagram presence so you can stay locked in all the time. For each coach we share a bit about their background, what training they offer, and what their clients are saying. Coaches are listed in alphabetical order of their location, as well as their names.
In general, coaches were selected to be featured based on their experience coaching professional women (specifically we looked for coaches who’ve trained WNBA players, overseas players, or Athletes Unlimited players). We also included trainers with consistent, quality Instagram content that helps players put in work on their own and coaches with a large social following. Let’s get after it!
Coach Camille breaks down film and consistently provides great drills on Instagram. She’s a former point guard who received a scholarship to USC where she led the Trojans to 2 NCAA appearances and scored over 1,000 points in her career. She was a WNBA draft pick for the Washington Mystics and continued her pro career in Greece. Internationally, she was the 2nd leading scorer in their conference, Guard of the Year, and on the All-Defensive Team. When she is not on the courts training, she is on the sidelines as an Assistant Coach for Bishop Montgomery girl’s Varsity team.
Training: In-Person, Skills Development, In-Season, Mental Training, Private Training, Group Training
What players say: “True Point Guard was everything I could have asked for and more. Pure basketball IQ that effectively translates into a way players can understand and apply to their game. They prepared me to play professionally overseas!”
Drew Hanlen played basketball for the Belmont Bruins and now has a multi-trainer company, Pure Sweat, with locations across the US. His list of clients includes Bradley Beal, Jayson Tatum, and Joel Embiid. Today, he provides a comprehensive, results-driven player development program proven to work at all levels of basketball. His lessons cover finishing, shooting, ball handling, low-post, mid-post, perimeter moves, and much more.
Training: Online, In-Person, Skills Development, Pro Skills Coach Seminars, Mentorship
What players say: “Drew is a big reason I am the player I am today. He has really improved my game since I was 13, and continues to find ways for me to improve and always get better.”
James Clark is one of the top NBA/WNBA player development coaches and is a go-to trainer for W/NBA hopefuls looking to showcase their talent in advance of the Draft. He has his own training company, Full Court Solutions, after being an intern for the Orlando Magic, and a Division I coach. James Clark holds training camps for W/NBA prospects, does day-to-day skills training at Mamba Sports Academy, and provides intensive on-court preparation for basketball at the next level. He’s helped develop Natasha Cloud and Ben Simmons.
Training: Elite Skills Trainer, Youth-Pro, Private Lessons, Training: Skill Development, Personal Training, Sport Performance Training
What players say: “Clark has developed a niche as a go-to trainer for NBA/ WNBA hopefuls looking to showcase their talent in advance of the Draft”
Jordan Lawley was a four-year starter at UC San Diego, where he led his team to their first ever NCAA tournament berth while becoming UC’s all-time scoring leader, making the most field goals, free throws, and highest field goal percentage in school history. As a professional skills trainer, Jordan has found his stride with a training technique that is unrivaled in the industry. He has travelled all over the U.S. to work with and train countless pros in the NBA, overseas (FIBA), WNBA, and thousands of Middle School and High School hoopers all around the world teaching them the most efficient and effective ways to take their game to the next level.
Training: Skill Development, Game Implementation, Group Training Sessions, Private Instruction, Online Programs
What players say: “What I love most about Coach Jordan’s workouts is his no-fluff attitude. He’s extremely efficient with every move that he teaches which is huge in the NBA and other professional leagues. “
UPBasketball began serving professional athletes in 2015. Coach Packie started out by working with Steph Curry and Festus Ezeli of the Golden State Warriors and Seth Curry. He then met Aaron Gordon through mental skills coach Graham Betchart. Soon after, the UPBasketball NBA, WNBA, and Pro clients list grew. The UPBasketball staff works to help clients better understand their strengths and master them, while further push the development of their weaknesses. This is done through film breakdowns and analysis, proper techniques and testing their IQ each time they step on court. They’ve trained Haley Jones and other Stanford women’s players.
Training: Skill Development, Group, Private, Camps, Clinics, Pro Training
What players say: “We have been nothing but impressed with the level of professionalism and skill the entire UPbasketball staff demonstrate to our daughters. They offer an elite level experience for our daughters who play competitive basketball at the highest levels. The drills, techniques, and overall practice plans are truly remarkable. Highly recommend UPBasketball for the dedicated and serious basketball players who want to work hard on their development.”
Los Angeles Lakers Assistant Coach Phil Handy has trained and coached some of the greatest players to ever play in the NBA such as Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, and Kawhi Leonard, and is helpful for any player, trainer, coach or parent who wants to gain detailed knowledge on the game of basketball. He’s known as “the OG” of skills training and is considered to be one of the world’s leaders in player development. He offers personal training at Mamba Sports Academy, and his focus is instructing basketball players how to be skilled, crafty and fundamentally sound. With his app you will receive one new training video to practice for the day.
Training: Elite Skills Trainer, Youth-Pro, Private Lessons
What players say: “Coach Phil Handy is a one of the greatest Player Development coaches that I’ve had a chance to watch. Phil is a guru of basketball and his videos really break down the game in detail.”
Ryan Razooky is a world-renowned professional basketball skills trainer that works with and develops all talent level players from youth up to NBA players in the San Diego Hoop House. His training is different because it’s strategically based on real basketball situations and proven techniques. Every drill, tactic, and strategy he shares is immediately actionable. He helps you develop complete understanding of the mental game you must master to be an elite player.
Training: Online Training, Private Sessions, Skills Development
What players say: “Thanks for all of these workouts. All of these workouts helped a lot.”
Carissa Crutchfield is a former professional basketball player and current EYG Skills Trainer. She has a strong passion for female youth development in basketball and coaches several groups throughout the year.
Training: Skill Development, Strength & Conditioning, Sport Performance Training
What players say: “We put our child in several of EYG’s skills clinics and noticed a difference from the first session. They learned right away how to practice more effectively and even gained new methods to improve their basketball skills, both individually and with the team.”
Maggie Rosario is an Elite Basketball Skills Trainer that mainly specializes in a player’s skill development. She has trained many players from the elementary, middle, and high school level all the way up to the professional level. Her objective is to inspire and impact many players by sharing her passion and knowledge of the game. Her goal is not only to train players but to also help them improve in game situational drills that will lead them to develop themselves as an overall player.
Training: Elite Skills Trainer, Youth-Pro(All Levels), Private and Group Sessions
What players say: “Coach Maggie has been a game-changer for our daughter. Coach Maggie developed an individualized training curriculum that included strength, conditioning, shooting, and ball-handling tailored to our daughter’s particular strengths and weaknesses. Coach Maggie’s teaching style is tough, thorough, and motivational. Not every Coach can break down a drill to the most minute detail-Coach Maggie can! Our daughter now has the confidence and the skill to take her game to the next level.”
Ben Teer is a basketball skills trainer with a unique flare. Each session is tailored to the player and focuses on how to enhance their individual game. Ben uses a film watching strategy to create the best sessions for his clients.
Training: Travel training, Personalized Skill Development, Strength and Conditioning, Sport Performance Training
What players say: “Over the past year, I have worked with Coach Ben. Since then I have seen huge gains in my game. He watches game film and focuses each session on what I need to get better at. Not only is he very knowledgeable of the game, but he brings a fun component to the sessions. I can tell how much he cares about his athletes by how much effort he puts into his business. Everything he does is for the benefit of the athletes. A year ago I was unsure of my future as a basketball player, Ben helped me realize that I can achieve anything I put my mind to.”
Micah Lancaster is one of the world’s most recognized and respected skill development trainers. As the creator of the modern day training methodology known as Skill Enhancement training, Micah has worked with NBA players such as Victor Oladipo, Kyrie Irving, Karl-Anthony Towns, and WNBA players such as Jewell Lloyd. Micah has certified and educated thousands of trainers through his Trainer University program and his inventions such as the Rip Cone, Medicine Basketball, Weighted Tennis Balls, and Footwork Training GripMats are utilized by athletes all over the world. In his Grand Rapids facility, players are also able to experience the next level of detail as they are trained using his Skill Lab’s Instant Feedback Modules.
Training: From helping players develop for college, the pros, or to simply reach their high school goals, the Micah Lancaster skill enhancement experience is 100% designed to help players realize those dreams!
What players say: “[He] took [Victor Oladipo’s] game to another level.” says Scottie Pippen.
Reid Ouse is a well known trainer in the Minneapolis area. He trains players of all ages on basketball development and skills enhancement. Coach Ouse consistently posts tips for athletes and has built a strong following through his unique style of training.
Training: Skill Development, Personal Training, Sport Performance Training
What players say: “Reid Ouse brings a great mix between skill development and game enhancement. Reid spent years at the college level coaching, and you can tell by his knowledge of player development that he knows what it takes to reach that level.”
Chris Brickley inspires pro and avid hoopers alike with his growth mindset and relentless pursuit of improvement. Chris worked his way from a graduate assistant’s job at Ole Miss to become the youngest assistant coach in Division I at Farleigh Dickinson University in Jersey. Then he became a New York Knicks player development coordinator, before branching out on his own. Now his clients include Carmelo Anthony, CJ McCollum, D’Angelo Russell, Kevin Durant, and many more. His BlackOps gym in Manhattan is often full of stars looking for summer runs.
Training: Pro, College, and High School Skills Development, Conditioning, Summer Runs
What players say: “He’s young. He has a different perspective on the game for each individual player,” says Carmelo Anthony. “He’s just somebody that I wanted to take under my wing; we sit down and talk and figure out our plan and now everybody has seen our plan and play out. We’ve been doing it for a long time.”
Alex Bazzell established himself as one of the top regarded basketball trainers in the world. He has worked with big NBA and WNBA names like Kyrie Irving and Candace Parker, and Gabby Williams. Alex offers a unique training style that is personal to each player.
Training: Player Development, Private, Semi-Private and Team Skills Training, Youth Basketball Academy
What players say: “Alex is a skills coach who puts in countless hours to make players better at their craft. You cannot find a trainer that outworks Alex.”
Tyler Relph is a basketball trainer and former player. He played college for West Virginia University and St. Bonaventure University. In High School Tyler was named Mr. New York Basketball his senior year. Today he’s coached elite college women’s basketball players such as Ashley Owusu and WNBA players such as Diamond DeShields.
Training: Ball Handling, Footwork, Shooting, Finishing, Private and Semi Private Sessions, College x Pro Workouts
What players say: “My guy.” Ashley Owusu. “Luv” Diamond DeShields.
Ashley Corral played at and graduated from the University of Southern California in 2012. She received her degree in human performance with a minor in occupational therapy. Post college, she played for the Seattle storm, Washington Mystics, and Atlanta Dream professionally in the WNBA. She has owned and operated ACPT for years and Legends gym is currently home to her program. Her company provides group training classes and private training for athletes ranging from kindergarten up to college level, and she has trained and filmed with WNBA players including Kelsey Plum and Chiney Ogwumike.
Training: Skill Development, Camps & Clinics, Open Runs
What players say: “Always real work. Gotta pull up for Christmas break.” “Appreciate you for everything.”
No matter how WNBA and NBA team personnel feel about private training, there’s an acknowledgment that the trainers are now very much a part of the business of professional basketball. And it’s never too early to start! So follow trainers on Instagram to get ideas for how you can improve your game. Plus, scoop up a great basketball so you’re ready to ball out. And download the best basketball training apps.
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Researched by Erica Ferraro. Updated March 2022.