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    September 29, 2015

    Northern Manitoba Basketball Academy Announced for The Pas

    The Northern Manitoba Basketball Academy has announced details on its plans to offer an 8 month academy that brings together the best grade 7 to 11 male and female basketball players from the area.  This is a new basketball academy run by David Harmon and located in The Pas, MB.  The goal of the academy will to invite and work with the top 20 male and female basketball players in grades 7 to 11 in Northern Manitoba.

    The program will focus on skill development for...
    • Athletes to better compete and thrive through their school seasons.
    • Identify in partnership with Basketball Manitoba, those athletes that should be taking part on the provincial teams that the coaching staff are unaware of.
    • Help athletes understand what is available for college and university scholarships and help them to strive towards that standard.

    The program will operate on Saturday's starting on October 17th.
    • October 17
    • November 7
    • November 28
    • December 19
    • January 2
    • January 30
    • February 20
    • March 12
    • March 26
    • April 9
    • May 6
    • May 20

    The fee will be $400 for all 12 sessions which includes a reversable jersey, gym time, coaching and insurance with Basketball Manitoba.

    The Academy will be run by Coach David Brooks-Harmon.
    Coach Harmon has been coaching since 2001 upon graduation of University. he worked with several Edmonton Community League teams before teaming up Coach Phil Allen to work with Edmonton's best basketball players and the Edmonton Grads Basketball Club.  That summer Coach Harmon co-coached a grade 8 and grade 11 team that both featured numerous players that went on to play college and university basketball. After the summer, he was approached to work at King's University College with Coach Dan Skepple.

    After a rough season, Coach Phil Allen (the winningest basketball coach in Canadian college history) asked David to join him in starting a team at Lakeland College in Lloydminster, AB.  At Lakeland, Coach Harmon was charged with heading up the recruiting and was able to bring in players that lead to a 6 year run of finishing 1st or second in the ACAC North and twice making ACAC finals and being chosen as a wild card team at nationals once. During his time at Lakeland, Coach Harmon took his summers to travel to the States and work at various camps to continue his development. The two most notable camps were Morgan Wooten's camp in Washington, DC (Coach Wooten is the winningest high school basketball coach in US history and has produced more than 50 NBA players) and Santa Clara Camp (Steve Nash's university).

    In 2008, after his son was born, coach stepped away from college coaching to be with his family more. However; a love of teaching and the game led him to forming the Rider's Basketball Club in Hudson Bay, SK. He led this club for 5 years taking 4 groups of athletes to Gonzaga University in Spokane. Here he was not only taking his athletes but Gonzaga hired him to help with the camp on floor. He got top spend time and work with Rob Sacre, Kelly Olynk, and David Stockton through this endeavor.

    Through the Riders basketball club and his connections in college basketball, he has helped move on several players
    • Shawn Elliot (Crieghton, SK) to SAIT in Calgary
    • Jesse Rogalski (Hudson Bay,SK) to Lakeland
    • JJ Nash (Flin Flon, MB) to Grande Prairie
    • Matt Auger (Hudson Bay, SK) to Grande Prairie
    • Matt Gillis (Thompson, MB) to Algonquin in Ottawa
    • Matt Hagborg (The Pas, MB) to Lakeland College
    • Matt Cook (The Pas, MB) to Lakeland College
    • Julius Rara (St Brieux, SK) to Olds College, in Alberta
    For more information on the program and to register, please contact...

    David Harmon 
    Phone 780-394-9122
    Email david-harmon@hotmail.com

    Updates on the program will be psoted on its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NorthernManitobaBasketball




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