Player Development Training

“You have to do skill development. Our guys do it, NBA guys to do it, it’s how you get better.” Bruce Weber, Men’s Head Basketball Coach, University of Illinois

The Pure Intensity Basketball Player Development Training Program’s goal is to develop the participant into the best basketball player they can be using the same intense, progressive techniques taught at the collegiate and professional levels. The program is an individual, small group, team, or coach training curriculum based on the skill set(s) and needs of the participants. The goals of this program are to develop individual basketball skills, confidence, and overall understanding of the game. Each player or group receives a specifically designed program developed by Daniel Makepeace or another Pure Intensity Basketball staff member based on his/her/their abilities, desires, and experience. We are prepared to cover every aspect of the game. We are worth the investment.

Each session is individually scheduled based on the participants personal schedule. We will develop a program based on the participants input or simply prepare the training session(s) from our own experiences with the age level of the individual or group. Each session lasts 60 to 120 minutes and the player or group may register for as few or as many as they desire; although we recommend that any individual or group deciding to take part in the Pure Intensity Basketball Player Development Training Program register for at least 10 sessions to ensure the necessary time needed for the player to understand, develop, and improve their skill set.

Example of Skills Covered/Learned:

Shooting Mechanics (off catch, off dribble), Jab Step Series, Dribble Separation, Weak Hand Development, Finishing, Advanced Dribble Scoring Methods, Moving Without the Ball, Post and Perimeter Work, 2 and 3 Man Game, Triple Threat Separation, Footwork, Seeing the Floor, Conditioning, Defensive Work, Team Chemistry, Leadership, Basketball IQ, and much more.

We offer our training sessions in Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota but can also travel to you!


These sessions are for players who seek 1 on 1 attention to maximize their skill development. These workouts are designed to replicate the pressure of game speed situations and assist in the execution of basic and advanced fundamentals under that pressure. We encourage our athletes to get out of their comfort zones and make mistakes as a part of the learning and developmental process.These sessions are the most intense workouts we offer.


Small group training allows players to work on their skill development in an intense and forward thinking atmosphere. These sessions contain the same fundamental curriculum and concepts as the 1 on 1 workouts but allow for situational competition and workout variations. Small group workouts typically consist of 2-6 players.


Teams rarely focus on individual skill development, instead, their primary focus is on the offensive system being ran, but if you can’t pass, can’t pivot, and can’t dribble, it doesn’t matter what offense is run as even the best of those systems are ineffective without execution of proper fundamental skills. Team training sessions are geared toward developing individual skills within a team environment using that team’s concepts and philosophies. We have and currently work with teams ranging from: youth, middle school, high school, AAU/Club organizations and college programs.


This option is tremendous for a coaching staff or youth basketball organization looking for an edge over the competition. Bring us in to increase competency and overall knowledge for individual player development and to re-energize your program or organization. Gain new concepts, drills, techniques and teaching methods to incorporate skill development into your daily practice plan or off season workout programs for your players.

“Thank you for coming to Big Lake for a coaching clinic. It was the best three hours I have spent preparing for a season. I am coaching a 7th grade girls team as well as K-1 boys team and I feel I got something to help with both!”

Keith Terlinden, Big Lake Youth Basketball Association & Parent – Big Lake, Minnesota

Contact Our Trainers

Personal Training, Small Group Training, Team Training, and Coaches Training is offered in the Greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area or Pure Intensity Basketball can come to YOU! Bring us to your hometown to provide training for you, your program and/or your community, tailored to your needs and budget.

Daniel Makepeace – Founder, Camp Director, Lead Skills Trainer

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