WHO IS Ganon Baker?

Ganon travels the world reaching kids through basketball teaching and enhancing their basketball skills. He is a Nike Skill Development Trainer and Workout Director. He has worked with Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Amar’e Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Vince Carter. He trains the top 80 boys and girls in the country for Nike Basketball and directs skill academies all over the world, including The Michael Jordan Brand Classics in Europe. In 2008 he was hired as Amare Stoudemire’s Personal Skill Development Coach and has trained over 200 NBA/WNBA players such as Jarryd Bayless, Tyson Chandler Harrison Barnes, Grant Hill, Brandon Knight, James Harden, Cleanthony Early, Johnny O’ Bryant, Scottie Wilbekin, Demya Walker, Angel McCoughtry, Natalie Novosel, and many more..

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Pro Staff Skill Coach : Level 3

Terry Drake is a dynamic Skill Development Trainer, and a Ganon Baker Basketball Certified Pro Staff Trainer-Level 3. He has served as an Assistant Coach at Ramsay High School in Birmingham, Alabama. During his three years at Ramsay, the Ramsay Varsity Boys’ Team went to the AHSAA Final Four twice and won the 4A State Championship once. From 2008 – 2010, Coach Drake was also an Assistant Coach for the Ramsay High School Lady Rams. He served as the Director of Player Development. During those two years, the Lady Rams reached the Elite Eight. Coach Drake is one of the SkillsChamp Sports Camp Coaches. SkillsChamp Sports Camp is the Official Camp of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Terry Drake has had the privilege of training players from elementary school to professional. He has been fortunate to train players such as: Amare Stoudemire (NY Knicks), Jamarr Sanders (Austin Toros, NBA Development League), Christian Wartford (Indiana University), Trevor Lacey (University of Alabama/McDonald’s All-American), Kaneisha Horn (University of Alabama/McDonald’s All-American) and Ricky Tarrant (Tulane University) to name a few. Terry Drake is also a motivational speaker and has given motivational speeches and conducted motivational seminars for companies and youth organizations throughout the country. He enjoys sharing his message on how to develop one’s potential and how to live your dreams.


Pro Staff Skill Coach : Level 3

MJ begins her first year as the head women’s basketball coach at Bluefield College in the 2011-2012 season.

MJ holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of West Florida and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at the same university.

She  most recently served as head coach of the Women’s basketball team at Spartanburg Methodist College where she was named Region X Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year and her team won their region title. Before that she coached at John Curtis Christian High School, in New Orleans, leading them to consecutive state championships (for the first time in school history) and a combined two-year record of 64-14. She also coached the school’s junior varsity and Little Dribblers programs.

Her coaching experience also includes one year as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Spring Hill College, in Mobile, Ala., a Gulf Coast Athletic Conference NAIA member institution; and two years as head coach of the Pensacola Flames AAU team in Pensecola, FL.

Also, MJ served as a skills development instructor this past summer at the NIke regional skills academies and Nike nationals skills academy, training the top girls in the nation.

As a player at the University of West Florida, MJ was named to the NCAA Division II All-South Region’s Second Team and the All Gulf South Conference’s First Team. She still holds the university’s season blocked shots and rebounding record.

MJ was named the university’s Female Athlete of the Year for 2005-2006 and Scholar Female Athlete of the Year in 2004 and 2005. She was also a member of the Gulf South Conference All-Academic Team in 2005,

She also participated in highly successful programs as a pro player overseas in Germany for three years, and played three years of starting varsity at Olentangy High School in Delaware, OH.


Pro Staff Skill Coach: Level 3

Assistant Coach/Director of Player Development

Dee Brown just finished his second season as the Kings’ assistant coach and director of player development.

Prior to joining the Kings, Brown spent the previous two seasons as an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons after serving as Head Coach and Director of Basketball Operations for the Springfield Armor of the NBA Development League (2009-10 – 2010-11).

Following a stellar collegiate career at Jacksonville University, Brown was selected by Boston with the 19th overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft, earning All-Rookie First Team honors after averaging 8.7 points and 4.2 assists per game to help the Celtics win the Atlantic Division. He also won the 1991 NBA Slam Dunk contest and went on to average 12.2 points per contest during the postseason.

In his 12-year NBA career Brown played for three teams - Boston, Toronto and Orlando - and averaged 11.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.7 assists per contest in 609 games. As a member of the Raptors, he led the NBA with 135 three-pointers made in 1998-99.

Brown turned his attention to the sidelines after retiring as a player, coaching the WNBA’s Orlando Miracle in 2002 and San Antonio Silver Stars in 2004. Between head coaching stops, Brown served as Director of Player Development for the Magic in 2005.

Additionally, Brown is the President and CEO of EDGE Basketball, LLC., one of the country's premier basketball training facilities, which has trained NBA players such as Grant Hill, Drew Gooden and Chucky Atkins. He was the winner of ESPN’s “Dream Job” and became an analyst for a number of the network’s basketball shows.

He and his wife, Tammy, have a son, Anakin, and three daughters, Alexis, Alyssa and Alanni.


Pro Staff Skill Coach: Level 3

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NBA/Professional Player Development

Cody serves as the lead trainer and recruiter for the ELEV|8 NBA Pre Draft and NBA/International off season training program.  Part of his duties with this include working closely with Agents, Scouts and players to ensure that each player is performing up to their potential prior to the Portsmouth Invitational, NBA Pre Draft workouts, combine testing, mini/vet camps, summer league and the NBA season. The 2013 Pre Draft Program included the preparation of Shane Larkin, selected with the 18th pick by the Dallas Mavericks and now with the New York Knicks. 2014 NBA Participants included Marcus Smart, Cleanthony Early, Johnny O’Bryant, Cameron Bairstow, Semaj Christon, Scottie Wilbekin, Casey Prather, Joe Jackson, Davion Berry, Tyler Johnson, Luke Hancock, Isaiah Armwood, Dwayne Evans, Brady Heslip, Pablo Bertone, additionally Cody has trained Jordan Bachynski.  Cody was also on hand to assist with the 2014 and 2013 NBA Combine athletic testing (seen on NBA TV and ESPN).  Of the 2014 participants 5 players Cody has trained were selected in the 2014 NBA Draft (Marcus Smart- Boston Celtics, Cleanthony Early- New York Knicks, Johnny O’Bryant- Milwaukee Bucks, Cameron Bairstow- Chicago Bulls, Semaji Christon- Oklahoma City Thunder), and each of the remaining players have been selected to participate in the NBA Summer League.  Cody has also worked extensively with un-drafted NBA signees Robert Covington (Houston Rockets) and Tyler Johnson (Miami Heat).  Overall Cody has worked with over 15 NBA players and the list continues to grow.

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With this Cody is in charge of continued growth of the ELEV|8 brand on a national level.  Among Cody’s biggest responsibilities is the day to day development of all ELEV|8 Academy student athletes.  Cody works closely with each player, formulating an individually tailored training regiment for each player. Using the latest basketball technology, including video breakdowns, computer, and mobile play books/scouting reports, 94-50, and periodization scales, Cody oversees the continued development of each athlete’s strengths as well as the improvement of each athlete’s weaknesses.

Head Coach

As the Head Coach of the Nike Sponsored Elite Prep School team, Cody leads the squad into competition through a national schedule and is in charge of scouting, offensive and defensive strategy as well as running all practice sessions. In 2013-2014 Cody lead his team to a 30-10 record competing against some of the top teams in the country. Included in Cody’s ELEV|8 responsibilities are  identifying and leading the recruitment of new student athletes for the Academy as well as facilitating each players college recruitment. This past season Cody was responsible for the recruitment of 30 Academy players. And the 2014 season looks to be even more successful.[/vc_column_text][dt_gap height="40"][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHRWzMZUyZs&list=UUss83VxyNi7OJFL-4IEZ3vQ"][dt_gap height="40"][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_video link="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KBO9SRuHFY"][/vc_column][vc_column width="1/2"][vc_column_text]

Playing Career

Prior to joining ELEV|8 GBB Cody play professionally aournd the world.  During Cody’s time abroad he competed in some of the top leagues and in some of the top basketball countries outside of the NBA, including Spain, Italy, Germany and in the NBA D-League, while also playing seasons in Portugal, and New Zealand. Cody’s professional playing career included playing for MEG Goettingen of Germany, a team that would go on to become 2010 EuroChallenge Champions, and the Albuquerque Thunderbirds that would go on to become 2006 NBA D-League Champions, where he played along side NBA Players CJ Miles and Chuck Hayes and under the guidance of 6 time NBA Champion, Michael Cooper. Cody’s European teams had great success as well and Cody was able to lead his team in the UK to the Top 8 of the BBL Cup, and his team in Portugal to its first ever berths in the Taca De Liga Cofidis Final 4 and a spot in the Final 8 of the LCB Cup.  During the summer of 2009 Cody teamed up with NBA All-Star James Harden to win the Phoenix Summer Pro League.

Prior to playing professionally Cody competed at the collegiate level for Cornell University, from 2001-05. As Steve Donahue’s first recruit after being named Cornell’s head coach, Cody went on to have one of the most successful individual careers in the history of the program. He finished 1st in Cornell History in 3 - pointers made, a mark that was good for top 5 in Ivy League History. Cody finished 8th in career scoring with 1,232 points as well as shooting at 88% from the free throw line for his career. His all around game is also evident in the fact Cody sits 11th at Cornell in career steals, 26th in career assists and 34th in career rebounds. Despite all of this individual success, Cody is most proud of building a culture of winning and laying the foundation for the teams that would ultimately lead Cornell to three consecutive Ivy League Championships and the 2010 Sweet 16.

Cody serves as our ELEV|8 GBB Lead Trainer. Cody holds an Ivy League degree from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Business Management as well as a Business Communications Certificate from Michigan State University.

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2016 Event Schedule
Thanksgiving Skills Camp - Southwest Ranches, FL  
@Pines Charter School  
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Alibra Shipping Limited
The Ganon Baker Store
Deuce Brand
Elev8 Sports Institute
Core Power
Anaconda Sports
Perfect Jumper
Internet Dzyns
  • Coaching is about taking PLAYERS where they can't take themselves!  I've been working with NBA players for 35 years, Ganon Baker is the BEST I've seen at maximizing a player's TALENT! He's good enough to improve a guy that's 1st Team All-Pro.
    Brendan Suhr
    Former Assistant Coach World Champion NBA's Detroit Pistons
  • Ganon can work out with my guys ANYTIME. I trust him and he does an exceptional job!! SUPER!
    NCAA Final Four Head Mens Division One College Coach
  • Ganon is incredible. His knowledge of the point guard position has really helped my game. he is one of the best workout guys I have ever been around!
    Kendall Marshall
    LA Lakers Point Guard
  • I just got home and the whole way there, I've been thinking nothing but of you. You have changed my life DRASTICALLY! Thanks to you, I am a new person starting NOW!
    HS player Indiana
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