Posted On: 09/3/20 4:13 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.

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Connor Gilkey (2022), 6’3” G, Valor Academy

He really doesn’t care, but wants to play in college.  His motor is incredible.  He is always going.  He never slows down.  That is the biggest thing I have worked with him actually to slow down.  He knows when to go 100 miles per hour and when to slow down now.  He added 10-15 pounds of muscle.  His footwork is very, very improved. He used to be off-balanced a lot.  Now, he is always on balance.  He was our All-District player last year. He showed up for every single game and just worked, worked, worked.  His work ethic is crazy.  He is committed to improving every single time he hits the floor.  Not afraid to try new things.  The very first time I worked him out, I had him shooting three-pointers.  I was always told I

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