Now Offering Basketball Training in Hollywood, Florida!

We, at Next Level Basketball Training in South Florida, are proud to announce that we are now bringing our elite basketball training to Hollywood, Florida! Both our director of basketball training in South Florida, Jay Ramos and the President of Next Level Basketball (and director of basketball training in Broward County) Brandon Harris will be working out of an indoor basketball court/gym in Hollywood, Florida.

We will be offering basketball camps in Hollywood, FL, basketball clinics in Hollywood, FL, group basketball training in Hollywood, FL and our patented beach basketball training in Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale as well! The new indoor basketball gym in Hollywood will be home to our professional basketball training, from young children to NBA players in Miami. We will offering the very same advanced basketball training in Hollywood FL that we’ve always offered, only now we will have a place to call home that will be open for the most advanced basketball training in South Florida. Come visit us for the best basketball training in Miami!

Call us today to book your session- Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach basketball players’ first group basketball training  session is FREE:
Coach Brandon Harris
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The Science Behind Skills: Tennis Ball Drills — Boca Raton Basketball Training

By Jared Shand

When I first began my skill development journey as a Boca Raton Basketball trainer, I was deeply entrenched in nursing school. Since I didn’t have a storied playing pedigree to help me, I decided I would need a different angle than most in the business to succeed. To meet this end, I immersed myself in the science behind why each drill was relevant to the boca raton basketball training game. I found how the basketball drills related to a student’s neural development, cognitive perception and muscle physiology gains.

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Tennis ball basketball drills are great because they enhance many different processes in the skill world. Here are some they work on:

First, they give you a timing accountability partner to work with. Making moves in an open gym with noone guarding you is as unrealistic as it gets in relation to game-like situations. When you add a tennis ball to grab, you become accountable to make your move quickly and at the right time. This in turn makes every move more game like. If you aren’t accountable to something in training, then you’re accountable to nothing. Without accountability, nothing you do matters on the same level.

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Another thing about making moves in an open gym is the brain only has to process the move you’re making at that moment. There are no other distractions the brain must take into account while making that move. Anyone who has played knows that during a game, you are processing a number of different things (matchups, screens, back cuts, time on the clock, etc..). The more dribbling reps you can get while processing something else, the more you are making your moves “game-like reps.” The more reps you can get while processing something else, the quicker you can get that operation to the “automatic portion” of your brain. Once you can make a move without spending any brain energy on it, you become free to really analyze the floor while making the move. This is one of the key factors in developing court vision or “basketball I.Q.”

The last thing tennis ball drills do is really work on that off-hand development. This is a training cornerstone of many of the best basketball trainers in the world including Damin Altizer, Micah Lancaster and Tyler Relph. Too many players forget about that other hand and it’s defensive ability while dribbling. Swiping and snatching a tennis ball after a move really grooves the same neural pathways that are used in off-hand protection of a live dribble and creating an ambidextrous basketball brain.

Follow Jared Shand on Twitter at @EliteHoopEffect and stay updated with new gear and promotions at@HoopCulture and advanced Boca Raton basketball training news with Next Level Basketball at@nextbball.

Now Offering Private Basketball Training in Boynton Beach, FL!

We’re now offering private basketball training in Boynton Beach (address at bottom), group basketball clinics in Hollywood & Miami, and one on one basketball training in Boca Raton, Palm Beach and Boynton Beach in addition to Miami! Head Coach and president, Coach Brandon Harris will be the primary Palm Beach County and Boynton Beach Basketball Trainer, and Coach Greg will be heading the Boca Raton Basketball Training.

Our AAU program will be based in North Miami, as will our group Miami basketball training sessions! Tryouts for our AAU program have been held, but private tryouts are available by booking a session!

If you’re looking for basketball training in Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale Basketball training, group basketball training in Miami or any basketball training in South Florida, Next Level is the best choice to guarantee elite level basketball training in South Florida!

We offer basketball training in Fort Lauderdale, North Miami, Aventura, Sunny Isles, Miami, Hollywood, Hallandale, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Davie among other locations! Contact us to see if we can’t provide the perfect solution for you in your search for South Florida Basketball Training!

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Now Offering Basketball Training in Fort Lauderdale

Next Level Basketball has grown! We’re now offering private basketball training in Fort Lauderdale, group basketball training in Miami, and one on one basketball training in Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Boynton Beach!

Our AAU program will be based in North Miami, as will our group Miami basketball training sessions! Tryouts for our AAU program will be held this Sunday, September 22nd at 1pm at North Miami Senior High School outdoor.

If you’re looking for basketball training in Boynton Beach, Fort Lauderdale Basketball training, group basketball training in Miami or any basketball training in South Florida, Next Level is the best choice to guarantee elite level basketball training in South Florida!

We offer basketball training in Fort Lauderdale, North Miami, Aventura, Sunny Isles, Miami, Hollywood, Hallandale, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Davie among other locations!. Contact us to see if we can’t provide the perfect solution for you in your search for South Florida Basketball Training!

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Coach Jay Ramos Our New Director of Miami Basketball Training


Coach Jay Ramos, assistant at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning and Miami Basketball Trainer (guard specialist) is the new Director of South Florida Operations with Next Level Basketball. Coach Jay has a strong expertise in agility training, shooting and ball handling, three key attributes for guards.

He’s already taken the Miami Basketball training world by storm, training long time client Tola Akomolafe (D1, FIU), CJ Coddington (D1, Stetson), Rodney Simeon (Ranked top 5 HS player in South Florida), and a number of top high school players at our Saturday Miami Basketball Training Group Sessions!

Call Coach Jay at (305) 586-3170 to book a Miami Basketball Training session with him!

Flash Is Nice, Function Is Better

In today’s basketball training industry– in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale and otherwise–, the field is dominated by a handful of individuals who can dribble with 3-4 basketballs while tossing a heavy ball and stacking a cone. They can dribble between the legs with two balls while tapping a tennis ball. They can go up with two balls and toss in two wild circus shots.

It’s really impressive. But it’s not important.

But what goes unsaid is that having those skills does not necessarily make you a better basketball player. A better streetball player — no doubt, you are. But at the end of the day, a basketball trainer’s primary objective is helping you become a better basketball player through improving your skills and your mentality consistently, and while the youtube age has ushered in some fantastic tricks, these drills do not make a basketball trainer great — his results do.

Repetition, knowledge and highly targeted drills will yield a more fundamentally sound player. Function reigns supreme over flash. Don’t get me wrong; we use two ball drills and cone drills (sometimes stacking) to improve ball handling, control and hand-eye coordination, however, there is so much more to our Miami Basketball training than that– the essential drills that help make you a well-rounded basketball player. When you book a session with Next Level Basketball Training, we guarantee you will leave a more well-rounded and improved player EVERY session.

Give us a try this Saturday at 9am at the Betty T Ferguson Center for our group session!

Brandon Harris

(561) 306-1682 

Miami Basketball Training: Saturday Advanced Group Sessions Start August 3rd! (New Clients Train for Only $5/Hour for 3 Hours!)

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Beginning Saturday, August 3rd, Next Level Basketball will be holding advanced Saturday Group training sessions for all ages and skill levels.

Each session of our group Miami Basketball Training sessions will cover a broad spectrum of essential skills and drills including but not limited to agility, strength, conditioning, ball handling, shooting, and finishing. These skills and drills will be packaged in the most innovative and engaging Miami Basketball Training workout.

Sessions will be run by experienced Miami Basketball trainer and ball handling and shooting specialist, formerly of the North Miami Senior High and FIU Basketball Programs, Brandon Harris, and Miami Basketball Coach, Jay Ramos, agility and skills specialist, of Next Level Basketball’s AAU team and Alonzo and Tracy Mourning High School.

New clients can train for ONLY $15 for their first sessionIf you are able to refer 2 new clients, that rate drops down to $10 (and is lowered in each session after that). If you can refer 5 new clients, your sessions are free!

After we show you why Next Level Basketball Training is the best option for Miami Basketball training, we will help you select one of our many affordable training packages!

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at or send us a text/voicemail at (561) 306-1682.

**In addition to our Saturday Group for Basketball Training in Miami, we offer individual and group training by appointment, including:

  • Miami Basketball Training
  • Miami Agility Training
  • Miami Strength Training
  • Basketball Coaching in Miami 
  • Broward Basketball Training
  • Broward Agility Training
  • Broward Strength Training
  • Shooting Coaching in Broward
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Becoming a Better Ball Handler

Becoming a Complete Ball Handler
Article Written by Kyle Ohman

There is a difference between a player that can handle the basketball and one that is able to breakdown their defender one on one and get past them. To become a complete ball handler it is important to work on both types. Chris Paul is arguably the best point guard in basketball today and if you look at his game he is able to do both of these types of ball handling very well. When he comes off a ball screen in traffic you don’t see him looking down at the basketball scared that it might get stolen, he is able to survey the floor and find the open man. On the other hand when the shot clock is low or it is at the end of the game and the Clippers need a big bucket he is able to go one on one and break his defender down for a shot or find an open teammate. This article is going to give you some tips on both types of ball handling and then also give you a few drills to help you work on your dribbling skills.

The first thing you want to do when you are handling the basketball is stay low to the ground and keep the basketball tight to your body. When you stand straight up and down you are one a lot slower but also you open up more of a chance for the ball to be stolen. Next you need to be able to train yourself to be able to dribble without looking down at the ground. A great way to practice this is tennis ball drills (see below). If you have to look down at the basketball while you dribble you aren’t going to be able to see the floor and run offense. Learn to dribble with both hands equally as well. Once you start to play against better competition you will start to be scouted and if you can’t go to your weak hand then your defender is just going to force you to it and you will be in trouble. A great way to work on your weak hand is by using two ball dribbling drills (see below) because they force you to dribble with both hands. The more comfortable you can get with dribbling the basketball the easier it will be for you to concentrate on other things and manage the game.

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Breaking someone down off the dribble is all about deception. If you can get the defender to believe that you are going one way, but then are really going to go the opposite way, you have them beat. So when you practice your moves you want to really work on visualizing the defender in front of you and selling your move. For example if you are going to use a crossover you want to get the defender leaning one way before snapping the crossover back over the other way. Changing your speed is just as important as selling the move. If your move is all at the same speed it is easy to guard, but if you can go from slow to fast you will be very hard to guard. Get your defender to relax by going slow and then “boom” explode right past them with a quick move. Go somewhere with your dribble. After you make a great move you don’t want to give the defender time to recover, you want to dribble past them or shoot the ball. After you make a crossover make a strong dribble to clear your defender and go past them. Being able to breakdown your defender off the dribble adds value to your game and makes you harder to guard.

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This article was written by Kyle Ohman. Kyle Ohman was a thousand point scorer at Liberty University (div. 1), was ranked the 19th best shooter in the country by Fox Sports his senior year. Kyle has also played professionally in Spain. Most recently he coached a high school team that played on a national level and beat the 12th ranked team in the nation. Coach Ohman is the Co-Owner/founder of

Athleticism: For Long-term Success, Agility Training is Key

The ACL injuries are gruesome. They maim careers, sometimes ending them during their prime– sometimes before these players even have a chance to take off. The numbers are climbing. It’s hard to deny the simple truth: the strongest, heaviest, most explosive players are the ones being affected. It’s the freak athletes.

Why? It’s plain to see that the lack of agility training and stretching — functional basketball training– is being underemployed. Behind the ever-increasing fervor towards heavy weights and extreme muscle mass in offseason training programs are the young kids lifting wrong, and otherwise damaging their knees. Ironically, as they work towards being the biggest on their journey to the bigger leagues, they are ensuring they won’t be able to play to their potential for long.

The recent examples are aplenty, with Derrick Rose’s Bulls being the most harsh victim of the wear on his knees.
He’s the poster boy– an absolute freak at 6’2″ and 190 lbs., he was more explosive than anyone, pushing 190lbs. to heights few before him have been able to. And now, he’ll never be the same after his ACL has been torn, with microfracture surgery forever lessening his explosiveness, and altering his mindset.

He’s not the only one. Baron Davis, a freak athlete, who gave little emphasis to keeping his body fat down and his agility up, saw his knee injured just yesterday. Before that, we saw Iman Shumpert, another incredible athlete, who has always been explosive, injured before he was even able to reach his prime. These guys are incredible athletes. There are exceptions (with Lebron and Dwight among them), but generally agility training with stretching is more effective for NBA players than excessive weight lifting.

Ray Allen has had a long, successful career with almost no heavy weight lifting– his offseason training primarily consisting of agility training, functional exercises and stretching. Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Tony Parker and Kobe have been around a while without putting on substantial muscle. It’s no coincidence that Chris Bosh had his only injury-riddled season the year he came back 15 pounds heavy.

That’s why we, at Next Level Basketball Training, have put into action a program focusing on agility training and functional growth .Coach Brandon is out here to help you get to the Next Level, AND STAY THERE! It’s why we have our agility harness, our agility parachute, our 2 lb wrist weights. It’s why his private basketball training sessions sometimes include lunges and sprints, always beginning and ending with stretches. While other Miami basketball trainers are trying to build these young Florida basketball players into basketball’s Achilles, I am aiming for Kobe.

We offer skills training, personal basketball coaching with agility training setting high school basketball players up for a long career of success. For Ballers with ambition — Next Level Basketball Training for longterm success.

How to be Better

Some of you Miami basketball players are wondering, ”why am I not getting better? I work so hard. I even added ball handling work or passing…”

I’ve been there– everyone has. And there are a few possible explanations.

A few things to consider:
1) If you’re doing more ball handling in the same time frame, that means you’re doing less of everything else. If you add something, add it, don’t substitute it. You’ll never grow that way.

2) You’re not pushing yourself! Don’t get settled into a routine longterm. Routines are designed to cover your bases. Every day, do something that you didn’t last practice– be it 10 extra minutes doing sprints, or 50 extra shots, that is how you grow!

3) You may be practicing hard, but you’re not practicing smart. See the Isaiah Thomas quotes from last blog and the following Michael Jordan quote, “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if your technique is wrong, then all you become is very good at shooting the wrong way. Get the fundamentals down and the level of everything you do will rise.” This is where getting a shooting coach, or a skills & fundamentals trainer, like coach Brandon Harris, is undeniably essential.

Work with me. I will push you, you will get your work in and you will practice right — hard and smart.

You will get better, I guarantee it.

Coach Brandon Harris
Next Level Basketball Training of Florida