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Ryan Boatright Signs In China

Ground Zero Member Ryan Boatright

Ground Zero Member Ryan Boatright

Ground Zero Training's Ryan Boatright has signed a contract with the Foshan Long-Lions in China! Adding another impressive stop to the resume, Ryan will relish the chance to be a tough nosed leader. Boatright is sure to become a fan favorite, as they will get an opportunity to see his fast and aggressive attacking style of play. Best of luck to Ryan as he continues the next step in a great career! 

 

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Jabari Parker & Doug McDermott Represent USA Basketball

Jabari Parker and Doug McDermott were selected to represent USA Basketball in Las Vegas, Nevada during the Team USA Training Camp. Both Jabari and Doug were a part of a very competitive group on the USA Select Team. Being members of USA Basketball has always been a huge point of pride for these two, and getting the opportunity to push the Olympic Team will go a great way towards helping the USA finish with big result in Rio. We look forward to seeing both of them continue their great offseason as we inch closer to the start of the 2016-2017 NBA schedule!

NBA Draft Night & Future Draft Hopefuls

Ground Zero Training's Jabari Parker-2014 NBA Draft-1st Round-Pick 2

Ground Zero Training's Jabari Parker-2014 NBA Draft-1st Round-Pick 2

We are officially 6 days out from the 2016 NBA Draft! For Ground Zero Training and our players, this marks a very special day. It is the culmination of so much preparation and hard work. Not only over the past few months, but years upon years of practice, games, and immense work. You have to do more than talk, and you certainly have to do more than just practice. You have to absolutely love and respect the game of basketball. This means having a willingness to spend early mornings running sprints, lifting weights, and getting up shots before school. It also means passing up many social gatherings to spend time working on one's craft. These players have to be able to cruise while others push. For those that do not realize, the statistic representing players going from high school to the pros is about .03%. You're one of the top players in your city? Who cares. You're one of the top players in your state? Who cares. You are playing at the D1 level? This certainly doesn't guarantee you anything, as just 3.8% of NCAA D1 players that were draft eligible heard their name called during the 2015 NBA Draft. For those that want to use basketball as a vehicle to an education, we applaud you. If you have dreams of reaching the NBA, you better be reading this from the gym. In fact, make sure you have a sleeping bag in there as well. 

For those that hear their names called on Thursday June 23rd in Brooklyn, New York, we will be smiling right with you. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey. For those that do not, we will be right there for you to help you reach whatever level it is that you desire to play on. Whether that be playing in a different country, or ultimately working your way into signing a contract in the NBA like our guy Sean Kilpatrick recently did. Always remember, this journey will have its ups and downs, but you have defied the odds, and you will continue to do so. You are a part of a special fraternity and no haters or so called "experts" will ever take anything away from what you have already accomplished in just making it to this point. Let's go and get it! Always and forever family!

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Ground Zero Training In Spain

Ground Zero Training Director of Basketball Operations, Jason Benadretti, recently took a trip to Spain to attend the Europrobasket European Summer League. Europrobasket focuses on helping players reach their goal of securing professional basketball opportunities overseas. While the market is never easy for any player looking to secure a contract, it is even tougher for those that may not have the resume to warrant immediate consideration. For many who need to build a playing resume, Europrobasket is one of the best places to go to begin doing so. Players without contacts to teams or agents overseas get the opportunity to showcase themselves in front of many international coaches and executives. Many thanks to the Europrobasket staff for the hospitality!

Europrobasket Facility in Girona, Spain

Europrobasket Facility in Girona, Spain

Jason Benadretti Ground Zero Training- Brad Kanis Europrobasket
Jason Benadretti pictured with Brad Kanis, Director of Europrobasket

Jason Benadretti pictured with Brad Kanis, Director of Europrobasket

Ground Zero Training Pro Day!

Ground Zero Training recently conducted our annual Pro Day workout for our NBA Pre-Draft players in conjunction with Priority Sports and Entertainment on Friday June 3rd, 2016. With coaches and front office executives from all over the NBA present, our players were given a fantastic opportunity to showcase themselves for their future employers. With a group that gave it their all, many positive impressions were left upon the NBA personnel in Chicago that day. We look forward to continuing to work with such a fantastic group of men and athletes as we inch closer to the 2016 NBA Draft on June 23rd!

Ground Zero Training Pro Day

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