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Drew Dunlop of ADVANC3 Training joins Las Vegas Coaching Staff

We are happy to announce the addition of ADVANC3 TRAINING founder Drew Dunlop to our Coaching Staff for the Scorers 1st Combine & Training sessions in advance to our Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas this upcoming July.

“We are looking to provide our participants with more and more value each year. Making sure players get ready for the Showcase plays a huge role and that’s where our Scorers 1st Training & Combine comes in on July 10th and 11th. The players that participate will work with our professional coaching staff during those two days and they will get the opportunity to get better, learn about the pro game from different angles and they will be able to get used to the environment that they will be playing in at the Scorers 1st Showcase on July 12th and 13th when all players look to impress pro coaches, scouts, GMs and agents.

Adding someone like Drew Dunlop with his emphasis on individual player development while also understanding how international basketball works is huge for all players that will be with us in Las Vegas. Knowing that we have Drew and Pete Strobl running the show in Las Vegas when it comes to training is phenomenal.” said Scorers 1st CEO Gerrit Kersten-Thiele about the events prior to the Showcase.


Here is a quick Q&A with Drew Dunlop in advance to our Scorers 1st events in Las Vegas this July:

Q: Your focus is on the individual training side of basketball. What made you decide to pursue training from that angle over coaching a team?

A: After 3 full seasons in the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) within the team setting, I decided not to return for the 2014/15 season and instead really focus in on the consulting side. I was fortunate to get presented some consulting opportunities from one of the major agencies in China – Altius Culture. The doors were opened and before I knew it, I was spending months at a time working with individual players both internationally abroad and here in the US during the summer months. In between consulting projects, I began to leverage my network of global contacts and organized camps, clinics, and workouts all with the goal of adding more value to the game we all love.


Q: What are the most important things that a player needs to focus on to get better and when?

A: First off, players at all levels of the game really need to focus in on smaller improvements day by day. Consistent small improvements add up to much bigger scale changes to their skills and abilities. I have to remind my professional players all the time that when you focus in on the process and immerse yourself in it, the growth is huge.

One big separator is the ability to control what you have direct control of. Everyone is working on their skills, everyone is out there on the grind and putting in the work. But few focus in on the things that they have absolute control over — conditioning, attitude, effort, communicating on the court, and positive body language. These all go a long way towards getting opportunities to play at the next level.

From a skills standpoint, I always stress footwork, finishing, ability to handle the ball against pressure, and shooting. If you posses these abilities and can execute them at a high level, then there is playing time for you. It doesn’t matter what league in the world we are talking about, teams and more importantly coaches, are looking for players who have these skill sets!

Finally, players need to focus in on building up their basketball IQ. You can only workout so many hours a day before it turns counterproductive and the body begins to shut down. Film is just as effective and can dramatically build your ability to process reads on the floor. Challenge yourself to find the patterns in the game whether it’s the passing angles, the defensive rotation, or the closeout angle. The final step is taking all of this information and applying it during drills or simulated game actions and competitions.


Q: Where do you see the biggest challenges for players when it comes to figuring how to work on their game during the season?

A: In-season skill work is definitely a tough thing to manage because its all about the carryover effect and maintenance of the skills you developed during the off-season. In-season comes down to balancing enough quality time on your skills to stay game ready but not so much time that it negatively affects your energy going into practice and games. With my clients, I approach in-season skill work the same as I do pre-game workouts — short, intense and quality workouts focused on their offensive spots and shots each player consistently gets during games. Sometimes it’s just as effective to work on a read or shot you struggled with the previous game.

Q: How do you communicate with your players/clients throughout the year when they are with their teams?

A: During the season, my clients will send me game film where I can breakdown some of the things they are doing well and some of the things that they struggled with and create a report to send back to them. From there, we communicate through email or Skype calls to continue to review the material and make a plan on how to correct it game to game. Weekly check-ins really helps manage the overall development to ensure continued progress throughout the entire season.


Q: You will be working with players during the Scorers 1st Combine and at the Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas – what can players expect?

A: Players can expect to receive detailed and high-energy workouts, game strategy and tips on how to navigate the professional basketball market. My goal is to leave players with one or two things that they may not have heard or seen before. I am always humbled to be a part of events like the Scorers 1st Showcase and in turn, I want the players to see me as a resource for them and ask whatever advice and questions they may have.


More background on Drew Dunlop – the founder of ADVANC3 Training:

Drew Dunlop is a Professional Basketball Coach, Consultant, and Founder of ADVANC3 Training LLC. He currently serves as a consultant for the Nike Rise Academy of greater China. His clients include NBA players, overseas professional players, international professional clubs, college players, high school players and AAU teams.

Drew got his start working at ATTACK Athletics in Chicago, IL. He has coached in China’s top men’s professional league, the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), for 3 years and his team won a championship in the 2012-13 season. Currently he travels all over the United States and internationally, working with players, directing camps and clinics, as well as consulting with professional men’s teams. Most recently, Drew spent 2 months in Manila as a player development consultant for teams from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). International projects have taken him to eight countries including Turkey, China, Philippines, South Korea and Jordan.



Tim Fanning joins Scorers 1st Showcase Coaching Staff in Las Vegas

We are happy to announce Tim Fanning (currently an Assistant Coach with Euroleague team Maccabi Tel Aviv) as the latest addition to the coaching staff for our Scorers 1st Showcase in Las Vegas on July 12th and 13th during the time of the NBA Summer League.


Here is a quick Q&A with Tim:

Q: You have visited the Scorers 1st Showcase before. What made you want to be a coach in/at the event?

A: It is a good opportunity to get back on the floor and interact with players in a new setting.  With a very short time frame I enjoy the challenge of getting to know the players then trying to give the team some organization and direction that will help the players showcase their skills in a positive way.

Q: How do you normally go about scouting and recruiting players and how valuable is it to be able to see players live?

A: Really depends on the situation, but the most likely scenario is trying to find a player that has a specific skill set that will complement a roster basketball wise.  Then making sure that the player has the mental/professional skills to fit in the locker room/club.  Can they live in another country and be a professional in terms of their effort and preparation every day? Especially when things get difficult? With the length and challenges that come with a season you really want to try and find players that know how to grind and be a part of a team.


Q: Are you focussed on the basketball skills of a player or are there other things you pay a lot of attention to?

A: Definitely focused on the basketball skills but it is much easier to evaluate the skills of a player than their character/competitive make up.  The competitive spirit of an individual is something that I pay close attention to when evaluating a player.  Does he play defense if his minutes are limited? or if he is having an off game offensively? Those are two questions I want to know the answer to.  But obviously if the skill set needs to match in the first place.

Q: What were the biggest differences you noticed with power-house Maccabi Tel Aviv compared to your other coaching stints so far?

A: The level of tactical variety and precision in the Euroleague was something special.  The team’s all have very different styles but are very precise in how they try to attack you on both ends of the floor which means that the level of attention to details required by players (and coaches) was very demanding.  It was similar to the World Championships but the teams have much more preparation time and they evolve over the course of the competition.

To work in a club like Maccabi was a great opportunity.  It is a club that has won titles at an amazing rate during it’s history and has high expectations for players and coaches.  They provided us with all the tools needed to be successful and I really enjoyed working in an environment that is in constant pursuit of titles.


Q: Please give us a little more background about your coaching career so far.

A: I “formed” as a coach in Spain and I believe I was the first US born coach to complete the Spanish Basketball Federations highest coaching license “Titulo Superior.”  After 6 years as a head coach in the lower divisions of Spain I spent one season as an assistant coach in the NBA D League with the Delaware 87ers.  From there I went to New Zealand and was with the Tall Blacks (NZ National Team) for the 2014 World Championships and then 2 seasons as a head coach for the Nelson Giants in New Zealand’s top domestic league.

I love coaching individuals and to see them go on to better jobs after our time together is something that really motivates me.  I have enjoyed coaching in different countries and learning new languages and cultures while trying to understand the delicate differences that each country has in how they “live the game of basketball.


Pete Strobl and the Scoring Factory return to the Scorers 1st Showcase

We are excited to announce that Pete Strobl and his staff from the Scoring Factory in Pittsburgh will return to Las Vegas again this upcoming July to work and train with the players at and prior to the Scorers 1st Showcase.

“Pete and his staff were with us in 2016 and the skill work they do plus the knowledge of the game and the international basketball landscape add so much for the participants of our events.” says Scorers 1st founder Gerrit Kersten-Thiele about the return of Strobl and his coaches to the Scorers 1st Showcase.

Pete Strobl just recently extended his contract with German BBL team ratiopharm Ulm as an Assistant Coach, where he works with Head-Coach Thorsten Leibenath, for another two years while also managing the Scoring Factory in Pittsburgh.

Players who wish to participate in our Scorers 1st Showcase and/or our training sessions prior to our exposure event can register here: PLAYER REGISTRATION