SKILLS &

 DRILLS GR

WHO WE ARE?

Our primary objective is to provide a positive and encouraging environment while teaching the fundamentals of basketball. To demonstrate the necessary work ethic and discipline to achieve success on and off the court, while having fun. We are not in the business of competing with other trainers. However this will be a place where different coaches and basketball minds could come together and give back to the youth, sharing the knowledge they’ve acquired over the years.

OUR SERVICES

SUNDAY SKILL SESSIONS - LITTLE HOOPERS (AGES: 6-9)

Dates: TBA

Location: MSA Woodland

Time: 1-2pm

Cost Per Session: $40

Brief Description: 10 Slots Available

 

Teaching and building a solid foundation of fundamentals and knowledge of the game, while implementing fun for the Little Hoopers.

(check in 30 mins prior to camp starting)

Dates: November 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Time: 1-2pm

Location: MSA Woodland

SUNDAY SKILL SESSIONS - NEXT UP (AGES: 10-12)

Dates: TBA

Location: MSA Woodland

Time: 1-2pm

Cost Per Session: $50

Brief Description: 15 Slots Available

 

This age is crucial in a player’s development. During our skill sessions, we will focus on enhancing the player’s strengths and weaknesses, while building/changing their perception of the game of basketball - introducing new methods of training.

(check in 30 mins prior to camp starting)

SUNDAY SKILL SESSIONS - NEXT GEN (AGES: 13-18) 

Dates: TBA

Location: MSA Woodland

Time: 2:30-4pm

Cost Per Session: $50

Confirmed Coaches: Greg Mitchell (Hope College), Nick Giard (Kalamazoo College), Pete Sabiiti (Aquinas College)

Brief Description: 30 Slots Available 

High Intensity Training - will be ran like a college practice. Athletes will train/compete and do skill development for a hour with our trainers then the last 30 minutes of the session, a coach from a college or high school will demonstrate their favorite drill from their practice. 

(check in 30 mins prior to camp starting)

INDIVIDUAL TRAINING

For individual training throughout the week with one of our coaches please email skillsndrills.gr@gmail.com for availability!

*The reason why space for sessions will be so limited is because we want to be able to really teach and give the attention needed in order to help each athlete reach their full potential. Also for COVID reasons, we want to keep our athletes and their families safe.

MEET THE FOUNDER

DAMON JONES

Before becoming a player development and collegiate coach, Damon attended St. Peter-Chanel in Cleveland, Ohio where he scored over 1,000 points and was named First Team All-State, Divison 2 Player of the Year, and North Coast League MVP. Jones played his first two seasons at Mercyhurst North East, a junior college. He was named a JUCO All-American the following season. He then earned a scholarship to Mercyhurst University where he would go on to have a decorated career. Jones led NCAA Division II Mercyhurst University to its first Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference title during the 2015-16 season. He led the Lakers to their NCAA tournament appearances as a junior and senior. Jones finished his playing career at Mercyhurst University and Mercyhurst North East as a 1,000 - point scorer at both institutions. 

 

After finishing his collegiate playing career and earning his degree in Sports Medicine, Damon played three and half years professionally. He was a member of Danish Cup and COPA Cup winners in Denmark and Spain, respectively. He was also the top scorer in the Irish Superleague with 30 points, 8.5 rebounds and 4.0 assist per game. 

 

Once Damon arrived back state side he accepted a position coaching collegiately at Division III powerhouse, Hope College, as an assistant coach with the men’s varsity team and Head JV coach. After his first full season as a Head Coach (16-4), Damon was quickly bumped up to full time varsity assistant. In 2019, Damon left Hope College to pursue an opportunity with the Detroit Piston’s developmental team, Grand Rapids Drive, to serve in a player development and basketball operations role. Damon was recently hired as a Division II assistant coach at UVA-Wise, but chose to pursue his passion in player development by running camps and clinics in the Grand Rapids area. He is currently working with players of all skill levels, and looks forward to passing on the knowledge he’s acquired through his basketball journey.