2016 Ground Zero Training Pre-Draft member, Demetrius Jackson, has signed a multi-year deal with the Boston Celtics! We look forward to seeing him in the Celtics uniform for many years to come.
Ground Zero Training's own, Marshall Plumlee, has signed a 3-year contract with the New York Knicks! He is going to provide New York and the fans at Madison Square Garden with contagious energy and enthusiasm. He's a true center who loves to bang down low and do what is necessary for the team to win. A true servant leader in every sense.
Congrats Marshall! See you in MSG this season!
The 2016 NBA Draft was a fantastic night for the Ground Zero Training family yielding huge success. Five players were drafted by NBA teams and multiple players signed contracts with NBA teams immediately following the NBA Draft. All in all 11/11 of the 2016 Ground Zero Pre-Draft Family have been presented with opportunities to put on one of those NBA uniforms.
-Wade Baldwin- Memphis Grizzlies
-Tyler Ulis- Phoenix Suns
-Demetrius Jackson- Boston Celtics
-Jake Layman- Portland Trailblazers
-Joel Bolomboy-Utah Jazz
Signed NBA Contracts:
-Kyle Wiltjer-Houston Rockets
-Marshall Plumlee- New York Knicks
-Perry Ellis- Dallas Mavericks
-David Walker- Miami Heat
-Maodo Lo- Philadelphia 76ers
-Tre Demps- Chicago Bulls
Congrats to the entire crew! Always and forever family!
-Ground Zero Training
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!
-Ground Zero Training
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!
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!