Posted On: 09/2/20 4:34 PM

Next Level Skills Basketball Academy Owner Jeremy Pope spent much of August training ambitious basketballers at Valor Academy, a second-year program he coaches just south of I-440 in Nashville.  Coach Pope graciously shared some thoughts on the players he worked out recently.  These are his words.

Cooper Johnson (2023), 5’11” PG, Valor Academy

His ceiling is very, very high.  He is my point guard.  He added about 15 pounds of muscle this summer.  He is a very, very IQ player.  He has a scoring mentality. He tells people, ’Hey, you are working out with me today.’  He tells them.  He will just text me with some film at like 10 at night asking questions. He is a real student of of the game.  I want to say he has a 3.9 GPA.  He took a lot of sophomore’s spots that they thought they were going to get.  We pretty much had Cooper on the floor at all times.


Caleb Pica (2022), 6’5” Wing, John Overton

Flat-out shooter.  Left-handed. He needs to add some weight.  We have been workign on his ability to shoot off the dribble.  He is the type of player that, when he catches the ball, defenses

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