What We Believe

 

Our mission at Ground Zero Training is to inspire athletes of all ages to strive for greatness inside and outside the lines. The backgrounds of our staff shaped our name. Who we are is represented by a positive approach to life. We want to show everyone that there is a way out of any situation by working hard, and refusing to settle for anything less than one's best. Never lose hope, and continue to push to be your very best. 

By building consistency, skill, and knowledge of the game through practical game-like drills, athletes will begin to see improvement in all aspects of their game. Not only do we invest in the physical skills of our clients, but we also work to create new habits to instill confidence and courage that extends far beyond the sport. Ground Zero Training is the epicenter of complete player development.

We as trainers, but more importantly leaders, know that how you do anything
is how you do everything.

 

Ground Zero Training employs some of the best trainers to elevate your game to the next level.

Ground Zero Leadership

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Tim Anderson Ground Zero Training

Founder

ANDERSON was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He attended Crane High School where he played with and against some of the city's best talent including his brother and teammate Will Bynum. Anderson has always had a talent for increasing skill development in others. Even while in high school, he made an effort to train players.

Following graduation, Anderson went on to play in college and finished up at Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State University. After college, he played semi pro, coached one season at Oklahoma Panhandle State University as the top assistant, and soon returned home due to a death in the family where he coached one year at Malcolm X Community College. Anderson later became the boys basketball head coach at Crane High School. There he completely turned the program around. He led his team to three IHSA appearances in just three years including two Sweet 16 appearances and one Elite 8 appearance. Coach Anderson has a very enthused and intense coaching style and is well respected throughout the country for his ability to recruit, train and develop basketball skills. He is currently coaching the prestigious MeanStreets AAU basketball team which competes on the Nike EYBL circuit, and is recognized on a state and national level.

During the summer, Tim works with a variety of pro athletes including Jabari Parker, Will Bynum, Doug McDermott, and many more. In the past few years alone, he has trained multiple 1st round NBA Draft selections and NBA All-Stars. Recognizing how unique and efficient his style of training was, he desired to expand his training to more athletes on all levels of the game.

Today, Anderson serves on the men's basketball staff at DePaul University and through Ground Zero Training his training techniques can now be seen by athletes at all levels around the world. 

JASON BENADRETTI

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Executive Vice President & Director of Basketball Operations

BENADRETTI was born and raised in Irvine, CA. He went on to study at the University of Arizona where he obtained a Business Management degree from the Eller College of Management, and later furthered his education, earning a master’s degree from the University of Texas-Pan American.

Benadretti has extensive basketball experience on multiple levels of the game, including HS, JUCO, NAIA, NCAA D1, and the NBA.

He spent time at the JUCO level at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ where he served as a volunteer with the men’s basketball team and was a part of the program’s first-ever run to the NJCAA National Tournament. This led to his brief stint as an assistant coach at NAIA school Menlo College before becoming part of the staff at the University of Texas-Pan American, a D1 program. While at the university, Benadretti helped improve the program, more than doubling the team’s win total from the time he began. While heavily involved in all aspects of the program, he focused on game preparation and scouting, while also maintaining a relationship with Nike, the team’s sponsor.

The next stage in Benadretti's career was as a regional advance scout for the Orlando Magic of the NBA where he was responsible for in-person scouting of future Magic opponents.He later produced scouting reports to assist NBA teams with in-person scouting of NBA Draft prospects. 

In addition to his extensive scouting and coaching background, Benadretti has extensive player development experience having worked with players from the youth levels to collegiate, international, and NBA players. His passion lies in player development and helping those he works with to reach their maximum abilities.

 

This is the city I was born in.
So this is the city where I breed some of the best ball players in the nation.
Period.
— Tim Anderson