Arizona Preps Skills Academy

by George Courtney | Posted on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

Arizona Preps is continuing to create opportunities to help student-athletes get to the next level. As our organization grows, we continue to find new ways to provide opportunities. We are excited to launch our Arizona Preps Skills Academy, which begins on Saturday, August 28, 2021 at NFL Yet Academy in Phoenix, AZ and on Sunday, August 29, 2021 at Champion Schools in San Tan Valley, AZ.

This Academy is designed to provide fundamental skills training a group setting, led by our training staff. The Fall Academy will run for (7) consecutive weeks, then break for (2) weeks, before relaunching in the Winter for (7) weeks. Attendees can expect to learn individual basketball fundamentals like ball handling, footwork, passing, and shooting.

Our Saturday Academy will take place at NFL Yet Academy (located @ 222 E Olympic Dr, Phoenix, AZ 85042). Grades 2nd through 4th will go from 9am - 10am; grades 5th through 8th will go from 10:15am-11:30am and grades 9th through 12th will be in the afternoon session from 11:45am - 1:30pm.

Our Sunday Academy will take place at Champion School (located @ 1846 E Bella Vista Rd, San Tan Valley, AZ 85143). Grades 2nd through 4th will go from 9am to 10 am and grades 5th through 8th will go from 10:15 am to 11:30am.

We ask that all athletes register on prior to arrival of the First Session. Space is limited to the first (30) athletes per session. The cost is $20 per athlete per academy session. Smaller group training and one on one training sessions are available with each trainer on an appointment basis.

We are pleased to announce that our skills academy will be led by former All-Arizona Prep standout Royce Woolridge, legendary Chicago trainer Keith Carter and former professionals Babacar Camara and Maurice Levell Riddick. 

Royce Woolridge was one of the top players to come out of Arizona in his prep days. He had a storied prep, college and pro career.  A product of the legendary Arizona Magic club program and Sunnyslope HS, Woolridge played at Kansas and Washington State, before finishing his college career at Grand Canyon University. After his collegiate days, he had a successful professional career playing overseas

Keith Carter is one of Arizona’s best kept secrets. Carter is phenomenal in developing guards, as he has developed multiple mid-major and high-major D-1 talents. Some of his top players include nephew Jevon Carter (Brooklyn Nets) and his son Keith Carter (Valparaiso). Coach Carter has served as an assistant coach with most recently Sequoia Pathway Academy and was instrumental in developing the guards in his (3) years there.

Babacar Camara is a former professional who spent (10) years playing overseas. He had a storied collegiate career at Cal State Fullerton, before turning professional. He has been a fantastic coach, as he is able to develop guards, forwards, and centers. He served as an assistant coach at AZ Compass Prep, before  coming over to launch Aim Higher Prep Academy.

Maurice Levell Riddick is a former Division-I and professional player. He had a solid career at Bethune Cookman University in Florida and played professionally for (13) years. He has worked as a personal trainer with the NBA Fit, JR. NBA, and NBA Nike America's programs. He also spent time coaching at AZ Compass Prep before coming over to launch Aim Higher Prep Academy.

We have assembled a super team of trainers with great basketball backgrounds and records of success in developing top-tier talent. There is no skills academy in the state with this much experience and talent offered at an affordable price. I urge families to take advantage of this tremendous opportunity to learn the game of basketball from some of the top skills trainers in the world.

Arizona Preps Skills Academy Registration Link


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