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TESTIMONIALS

"WORKING WITH DANIEL HAS REALLY IMPROVED MY GAME. HE HELPED ME GET READY FOR MY PROFESSIONAL CAREER IN POLAND AND DID AN EXCELLENT JOB PREPARING ME TO PLAY AT THE NEXT LEVEL. THERE'S NO DOUBT I'VE BECOME MORE OF A COMPLETE PLAYER AFTER WORKING WITH HIM."

Kiara Buford  |  University of Minnesota

"I HAVE COME ACROSS A LOT OF TRAINERS AND DANIEL MAKEPEACE IS BY FAR THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS. HE DOES A GREAT JOB OF COMING UP WITH SPECIFIC TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR PLAYERS OF ANY TALENT OR SKILL LEVEL. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND DANIEL TO ANY PLAYER LOOKING TO TAKE THEIR GAME TO THE NEXT LEVEL."

Ben Davis  | Knox College Head Men’s Coach

"DANIEL HAD GREAT WORKOUTS THAT CHALLENGED ME PHYSICALLY AND MENTALLY THAT CARRIED OVER TO GAMES. HE HELPED ME SECURE THE STARTING POINT GUARD POSITION AT MICHIGAN MY SENOIR YEAR. I WISH I HAD SOMEONE LIKE HIM TO TRAIN ME IN HIGH SCHOOL. I'VE RECOMMENDED PURE INTENSITY TO MANY OTHERS."

Courtney Boylan  |  University of Michigan

"I LOVE THE WAY DANIEL BREAKS THE INDIVIDUAL SKILLS DOWN AS WELL AS CHALLENGES EACH PARTICIPANT TO GET OUTSIDE OF THEIR COMFORT LEVEL AND IMPROVE THROUGH FAILURE. THEY WORK HARD, MAKE MISTAKES AND LEARN IN THE PROCESS."

Ruth Sinn  |  University of St. Thomas Head Women’s Coach

“DANNY UTILIZIES CHALLENGING DRILLS THAT FOCUS ON EVERY DETAIL, COUPLED WITH EFFECTIVE TEACHING TECHNIQUES TO ENABLE THE PLAYERS TO REACH THEIR POTENTIAL SOONER AND MORE CONSISTENTLY. HE CARES ABOUT PLAYER IMPROVEMENT AND GETTING PLAYERS TO WORK HARD TO BE THEIR BEST."

Liz Carpentier  |  Farmington High School Head Girls Coach

“DANNY CAME TO OUR SCHOOL FOR TWO HOURS OF SKILL DEVELOPMENT. I WAS IMPRESSED TO THE POINT OF TRYING TO IMMEDIATELY SCHEDULE ANOTHER SESSION. I HAVE WATCHED A LOT OF BASKETBALL TRAINING AND DANNY DOES THE BEST I HAVE SEEN. QUITE SIMPLY THE GIRLS IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME."

Ellen Wiese  |  Eden Prairie High School Head Girls Coach

"COACH MAKEPEACE IS QUITE LITERALLY ONE OF THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS. WHAT MAKES HIM UNIQUE IS THAT HE HAS THE ABILITY TO CRAFT SKILL DEVELOPMENT TO THE SPECIFIC NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL OR THE TEAM. HE DOESN'T WASTE TIME WITH THINGS THAT AREN'T SPECIFIC TO YOUR NEEDS. HE IDENTIFIES WHAT AREAS ARE GOING TO MAKE YOU A BETTER BASKETBALL PLAYER AND CHALLENGES YOU TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR TIME WITH HIM. PUT SIMPLY, IF YOU WANT TO IMPROVE, COACH MAKEPEACE NEEDS TO BE ON YOUR RADAR."

Conner Goetz  |  Providence Academy Head Girls Coach

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Kent Hamre  | St. Michael – Albertville Head Girls Coach

"COACH MAKEPEACE IS ONE OF THE BEST PERSONAL AND GROUP TRAINERS IN THE STATE. HE DID A GREAT JOB CONNECTING WITH OUR KIDS, MEETING THEM WHERE THEY'RE AT, AND PROVIDING SKILL AND DRILL WORK THAT ALLOWED THEM TO IMPROVE. INSTEAD OF DOING OPEN GYM THE PLAYERS LOOKED FORWARD TO THE TRAINING SESSIONS. DANIEL ALSO WAS PUNCTUAL AND PROFESSIONAL; IN OUR 2 YEARS OF WORKING TOGETHER HE HAS NEVER MISSED A SESSION OR BEEN LATE. IN ADDITION, DANIEL MADE THE TRAINING SPECIFIC TO OUR GROUP OF KIDS, AND ASKED FOR MY INPUT PRIOR TO COMING UP WITH HIS PLAN. HE ALSO DOES MORE THAN JUST TRAIN THE ATHLETE, HE ALSO HELPS BUILD CULTURE."

Zander Culver  |  Eden Prairie High School Head Boys Coach

"I HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO COACH ALONGSIDE DANNY AND FOUND HIM TO BE ONE OF THE MOST KNOWLEDGEABLE BASKETBALL MINDS I HAVE ENCOUNTERED. SO WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE TO HIRE HIM FOR OUR OFF SEASON TRAINING AT MINNETONKA, I JUMPED AT THE OPPORTUNITY. YOU WILL NOTICE IMMEDIATELY HOW POSITIVE YOUR PLAYERS RESPOND TO HIS GUIDANCE. HE IS A CARING AND COMPASSIONATE COACH WHO TREATS ALL PLAYERS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR ABILITIES; WITH RESPECT AND KINDNESS. I RECOMMEND DANNY FOR ALL OF YOUR OFF SEASON TRAINING NEEDS."

Brian Cosgriff  |  Minnetonka High School Head Girls Coach, Minnesota High School Hall of Fame, 8x State Champion

"PURE INTENSITY BASKETBALL PROVIDES AN ENVIRONMENT THAT ALLOWS PLAYERS TO DEVELOP A PASSION FOR BASKETBALL THROUGH HARD WORK, EFFORT AND ACCOUNTABILITY. DANNY'S POSITIVE TEACHING METHODS COUPLED WITH AGE AND ABILITY SPECIFIC SKILL DEVELOPMENT ALLOWS KIDS TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT ANY LEVEL OF BASKETBALL. I LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO TRAIN WITH PURE INTENSITY FOR YEARS TO COME."

Matt Ode  |  Parent – Maple Grove, Minnesota

"JACOB STARTED WORKING WITH DANIEL WHEN HE COACHED FOR THE MINNESOTA MATRIX AAU TEAM. HE NOT ONLY IS A GREAT FUNDAMENTAL COACH, HE ALSO HAS A GREAT WAY OF EXPLAINING TO ATHLETES HOW TO PLAY THE GAME. JACOB WAS ABLE TO DO INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP SKILLS WITH DANIEL AND FEEL THAT HE WAS ABLE TO GET OUR SON TO THAT HIGHER LEVEL. WE ARE BEYOND BLESSED AND APPRECIATE EVERYTHING THAT DANIEL DID FOR JACOB."

Kary Jennissen |  Parent – Sauk Centre, Minnesota

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Jemel Johnson  |  Parent – St. Michael – Albertville, Minnesota

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Colleen Schlagel  | Parent – Eden Prairie, Minnesota

"BREE HAS WORKED WITH DANNY CONSISTENTLY FOR THE LAST 4.5 YEARS. HIS FOOTWORK PRECISION AND GAME APPLICATION HAVE STEADILY HELPED BREE IMPROVE HER GUARD SKILLS. DANNY'S SESSIONS ARE EFFICIENT; EVERY MINUTE UTILIZED TO INCORPORATE BALL HANDLING, FOOTWORK, ATTACKING AND SHOOTING. DANNY'S ABILITY TO BUILD TRUST AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH KIDS DEMONSTRATES HIS PASSION FOR TEACHING THE GAME. HE TRULY CARES ABOUT BREE'S SUCCESS!"

Sarah Bowman   |  Parent – Prior Lake, Minnesota

"I STARTED TRAINING WITH DANNY AS AN 8TH GRADER AND CONTINUED THROUGH MY SENIOR YEAR AT SOUTH DAKOTA STATE. MY ABILITY TO SHOOT, HANDLE THE BASKETBALL AND FINISH WHERE ALL GREATLY INFLUENCED BY MY WORKOUTS WITH HIM. I CAN CONFIDENTLY SAY HE HELPED ME REACH MY FULL POTENTIAL AS A PLAYER."

Madison Guebert  |  South Dakota State University,  2015 Minnesota Miss Basketball

WHAT COACHES HAVE TO SAY

“Our basketball program has worked with Danny Makepeace and Pure Intensity Basketball for the past five off-seasons. This program has pushed our players to another level of basketball. He has helped each player reach a level that they didn’t know was possible and in doing so, not only improved each player individually but our entire program as well. I have always been impressed with Danny’s ability to reach each and every player. He is charismatic and brings great energy each and every time he is in the gym with our players. The players love the workouts and we have seen great results because of Danny and his program. I highly recommend Danny and Pure Intensity Basketball for all programs”

Joe Belka | Former Rogers High School Head Boys Coach

“Danny brings an energy that is contagious and drills that challenge both the body and mind.”

Andy Meinhardt | Minnesota Metro Stars AAU Program Director

“Pure Intensity’s format and methods provide players with not only the knowledge and skill set needed to be a better player, but also an understanding of the importance of game speed practice. Their commitment to player development is demonstrated by their individualized programs and the follow up that is expected after each session. Players will see results.”

Kerri Stockwell | Former Hamline University Head Women’s Coach

“Pure Intensity Basketball does an outstanding job of challenging players at the fundamental level. Danny Makepeace is one of the best I have seen at breaking down a skill in a new and innovative way, and then building the skill back into a game-like situation. It truly allows the players to learn and expand their game at a higher level. Each workout myself, coaching staff and players were more and more impressed with the energy and knowledge Danny would bring into the gym. I would highly recommend Pure Intensity Basketball to any and all players and these workouts really do help players take their game to the next level.”

Jennifer Wagner | Former Forest Lake High School Head Girls Coach & Parent

“Daniel Makepeace does an amazing job of creating drills that emphasize footwork and mechanics of the game. Many trainers we have worked with in the past seem to think if the players leave the gym sweating then they had a good workout. The workouts designed by Pure Intensity are specific to game like situations and they push our players to get out of their comfort zone. Daniel works with our players to prepare them for the upcoming season, and I would trust no other basketball specific training than Pure Intensity.”

Ray Brodeur | Former Andover High School Head Girls Coach & Parent

“Our basketball program had the opportunity to work with Daniel Makepeace of Pure Intensity Basketball. This program pushed the girls to the max, helping them improve as individual players and as a team. I was very impressed by Daniel’s professionalism and willingness to accommodate our needs. Pure Intensity is definitely a worthwhile program, and I highly recommend it!”

Joe Behnke | Former Hudson High School Head Girls Coach

“As a coach and parent, I’ve had an opportunity to work with and observe a number of different trainers, but once we started with Danny, I can confidently say that we saw immediate and lasting results. Danny brings a level of intensity, creativity, encouragement, and focus to each session that is second to none. The kids leave with immediate improvements to their game, due to the attention to detail and the game speed in which each drill is performed. Danny has a sincere desire for each of his students to become a better player and pushes each of them to reach their potential. My kids look forward to each of their sessions with Danny because they know they will always receive a great workout. I encourage anyone who has been trying to find a trainer that can take their player to the next level, to try Danny at Pure Intensity! You will not be disappointed.”

Sondra Chadwick | Former Farmington High School Head Girls Coach & Parent

“Pure Intensity Basketball came to our gym this summer and ran our players through some amazing workouts. I had multiple players telling me afterwards that it was ‘awesome,’ ‘just what they need,’ and ‘totally worth it.’ I would highly recommend Coach Makepeace and plan on having him back in the future, although for selfish reasons I hope no one else in our section does!”

Mike Engelhaupt | Former Blaine High School Head Girls Coach

“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
“I have worked with Danny Makepeace for some years now, both in a parent capacity with him training my child in a group setting and in 1:1 training, and also in a basketball board capacity with him doing large group training sessions with our travel basketball program. His company, aptly named ‘Pure Intensity’ being that he brings the energy and discipline from the get go in each session he holds, is a unique program that focuses a lot on footwork and situational court awareness in order to help build smart basketball players, not just focusing on how a kid can learn to shoot more or score more. His program and his approach really strives to build confidence in players, and I have seen firsthand that it indeed accomplishes that goal. My child has become a more confident basketball player, developed skills through his training that have no doubt helped facilitate an increase in her basketball IQ and skill set, and I have heard that same feedback from many parents within our STMA Girls basketball program.”
Aaron Eisen

Aaron Eisen

STMA GBC Travel Director/VP

WHAT PARENTS HAVE TO SAY

“Teaching young kids the fundamentals at an early age is critical to their long-term development. If you don’t learn the fundamentals of the game early on and practice them at game speed you won’t be able to perform in critical game situations. Daniel’s teaching and philosophy facilitates that development. Our daughter loves working with Dan and looks forward to being pushed, working hard and improving every time!”

Kelli Hall | Parent – Victoria, Minnesota

“Daniel is one of the best trainers out there. His attention to detail and the way he explains the how, why, & when to use each skill really sets him apart from other trainers. He is patient, positive, and knowledgeable which makes players feel comfortable in trying new skills. My son and daughter love going to his training sessions as they are always fun and continue to challenge them. I have seen tremendous progress and improvement in their skill level and game results after working with him. If you want to take your game to the next level, I highly recommend Daniel Makepeace and Pure Intensity Basketball!”

Jaime Holmquist | Parent – Maple Grove, Minnesota

"My son Tyler Jahraus, Chanhassen HS, has been training with Daniel since he was in 4th grade. Daniel has been an incredible influence on Tyler’s confidence and skill building. He has provided tools to help him build his skill set as a point guard. He has taught him how to use his speed in different ways, how to create space on the court, ball handling skills and how to be controlled and aggressive. Tyler has grown incredibly as a high school basketball player because of Daniel’s coaching and influence. Daniel stepped in as a youth basketball coach when our traveling team needed a coach, a few years ago, and had significant impact on the team’s success. Daniel builds great relationships with the kids he trains and I know Tyler finds his training time with Daniel extremely valuable."

Max Jahraus | Parent – Chanhassen, Minnesota

“Daniel has been a very influential person to all 3 of my children. He has brought their game to a whole new level by working on drills, challenging them past their comfort level, practicing at game speed and breaking down the skills/drills when needed. Not only does Daniel bring basketball knowledge to the trainings, he also works as a mentor, confidence booster and gives them guidance in all areas of life. It is amazing to listen to my children after a practice. Their confidence and love for the game is seen through them.”

Jane Becker | Parent – Andover, Minnesota

“I can’t say enough about Daniel and Pure Intensity Basketball. Daniel customizes the drills for each level, breaks it down, pushes kids to the max, and yet still makes it fun. He really is passionate about the game and passes the intensity on to the kids with his unique drills. Daniel is one of a kind.”

Kristi Halverson | Parent – Upsala, Minnesota

“Our son Isaac’s skill level has advanced immensely since working with Daniel and has far exceeded our expectations. We would, and have, recommend Daniel’s training to anyone who is serious about advancing their basketball skill level and understanding of the game.”

Michael Derman | Parent – Bend, Oregon

“Daniel is very well organized with a great variety of drills that are both educational and challenging. He pushes my son Adam hard but is still very positive and keeps the pace of the sessions moving which helps the players stay interested and motivated. I really enjoy how Daniel stresses footwork and efficiency in their movements and I really believe he is in the skill development profession to really help kids improve versus just seeing it as a business."

Joe Schleper | Parent – Delano, Minnesota

“Daniel Makepeace has been the key ingredient my son needed to up his game. Daniel’s fast pace practice kept him interested, his unique drills kept him hungry for more, his optimism leaked out and into my son at each session. My son is a dramatically different ball player now after he had worked with Daniel for approximately 5 months. To this day my son still talks about Daniel and wishes he was living here to coach him, he says Daniel is family. So, Daniel does more than motivate, train, strengthen and encourage our children… he brings compassion and love for the kids. If you are looking for a coach/mentor that will bring your child’s level up several notches, not just in the game of basketball, but life… Daniel is the perfect fit. You will be so grateful for the impact he makes on your child. He is incredibly missed in Central Oregon.”

Sherrene Hagenbach | Parent – Redmond, Oregon

“Our son Matthew just finished a weekend tournament. His coach gave him the tournament MVP - he scored 69 points over four games, played good defense and ran the floor. His coach commented on his fitness, desire and aggressiveness since he began working with you. I could not have said it better. Lynn and I appreciate all that you have done for him and we look forward to Matthew working with you even more moving forward.”

Lynn Waterman | Parent – Chanhassen, Minnesota
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