About PSB Charlotte AAU

Thank you for visiting the official website of Pro Skills Basketball (PSB) Charlotte, North Carolina’s premiere AAU basketball club.

Our teams are instructed by experienced and knowledgeable coaches whose focus is the improvement of our individual players, not simply winning championships.

Our mission is to prepare players for the next level of their basketball careers while also teaching them life lessons that will lead to success off the court as well.

ABOUT

Pro Skills Basketball (PSB) AAU club teams are for intermediate to advanced level players. Each team is led by experienced and knowledgeable local coaches and are dedicated to the development of the individual players, not winning championships. We stress hard work and dedication over talent, and teamwork over individual play.

Our directors and coaches stress our “F.O.C.U.S.” acronym of life lessons to our players, which stands for Fundamentals, Overcome, Competition, Unity, and Sacrifice. Through these life lessons, we believe that our players are learning lessons that will help them be successful in anything the do, whether on the court or off.

HISTORY

PSB club teams were started by Pro Skills Basketball co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, in the spring of 2012 in the Lake Norman/north Charlotte area of NC. Throughout the next few years, PSB grew to include boys and girls teams from 3rd-12th grade and expanded to form teams in the south Charlotte area as well.

Today the club is home to more than 35 boys and girls teams in and around Charlotte and has helped send over 50 players go on to play at the next level in college, including over over 25 Division I players.

DIRECTOR & MANAGERS

PSB club teams are led by Pro Skills Basketball co-founder, PSB Charlotte Director, and former Davidson Wildcat and professional player, Brendan Winters. Assisting him are Jason Snow who is the North Charlotte Boys Manager and Colin Robbie who is the South Charlotte Boys Manager. Also on board are Dana Wheeler, the North Charlotte Girls Manager, and Jeff Buseick, the South Charlotte Girls Manager. Together, they team up to lead the club and ensure PSB’s vision comes to life.

MISSION & VISION

Our mission is to prepare our players for the next level of their basketball careers, whether that be elementary, middle, high school, or college, while simultaneously teaching them important life lessons that will lead to success in anything they do off the court as well.

PSB’s vision is to change the win-at-all-costs, negative youth basketball environment to a more healthier, more positive environment through a focus on teaching, coaching, and learning.

GENERAL

Our spring/summer season runs from March – June/July with tryouts held between February and early March. Our fall/winter season runs from September – January with tryouts held in early to mid August. Our main season is the spring/summer season when ALL teams are reset before tryouts and ALL spots are open.

Our secondary season is the fall/winter season, and we simply fill in the open spots on our teams. If a player makes a team and plays during the spring/summer season then they will have the option to continue on for the following fall/winter season. However, if a player chooses not to continue then their spot will be forfeited and given to another player at tryouts.

See below for specific season and tryout info!

SPRING/SUMMER SEASON

The spring/summer season is our “main” competitive basketball season for boys and girls and runs from March through June for our 3rd-5th grade teams and March through July for our 6th-11th grade teams.

Teams in grades 3-5 practice 2 hours per week while teams in grades 6-11 practice 3 hours a week. All teams play 1-3 weekend tournaments per month, with an average of 4-6 games per tournament.

Players must commit to all months of the season. We understand occasional conflicts, vacations, other commitments, etc. and that is ok, but players still must commit to all months regardless.

Spring/summer season tryouts will be held throughout February. All teams are reset before these tryouts and all spots are open to any players wanting to tryout. Players who make the team and play in the spring/summer season have the option to continue on into the fall/winter season, and should they choose to do so, their spot will be guaranteed.

Please read through our very detailed Spring/Summer Season Club Policies & Procedures Handbook to get a thorough understanding of our club!!

AAU Basketball Team

FALL/WINTER SEASON

The fall/winter season is our secondary competitive basketball season for boys and girls and runs from September through January for our 4th-12th grade teams.

Players will have the option to attend skill workouts during the week and on select Sundays. Teams in grades 3-8 will play on Sunday afternoons in a fall and winter league while teams in grades 9-12 will play on Sunday afternoons in the fall only.

Players must commit to all months of the season. Note: All teams will be “off” for Thanksgiving Break as well as Christmas Break.

Fall/winter season tryouts will be held between early and mid-August. During these tryouts all spots are NOT open like in spring/summer tryouts, but instead we will fill in any open spots on teams. Players who make the team and play in the spring/summer season have the option to continue on into the fall/winter season, and should they choose to do so, their spot will be guaranteed.

Please read through our very detailed Fall/Winter Season Club Policies & Procedures Handbook to get a thorough understanding of our club!

GENERAL

We have boys teams from 3rd-11th grade and girls teams from 6th-11th grade in north and south Charlotte. Each team is led by experienced and knowledgable coaches and dedicated to the development of the individual players, not winning championships. We stress hard work and dedication over talent, and teamwork over individual play.

Our mission is to prepare our players for the next level of their basketball careers, whether that be elementary, middle, high school, or college, while simultaneously teaching them important life lessons that will lead to success in anything they do off the court as well.

Read more about our teams below!

Pro Skills Basketball Teams

NORTH CHARLOTTE TEAMS

SOUTH CHARLOTTE TEAMS

Our north Charlotte teams are based out of the Lake Norman area, including Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, and Mooresville.

Team practices are held at various school and recreational gyms around the area.

We expect all teams to be competitive.

Our south Charlotte boys teams are based out of the Myers Park, SouthPark, and Ballantyne area.

Team practices are held at various school and recreational gyms around the area.

We expect all teams to be competitive.

DIRECTOR & MANAGERS

Brendan Winters - Pro Skills Basketball Charlotte
Brendan Winters

Club Director

 Jason Snow Pro Skills Basketball Charlotte

jason snow

North Boys Teams Manager

Colin Robbie Pro Skills Basketball Charlotte
Colin Robbie

South Boys Teams Manager

Dana Wheeler Pro Skills Basketball Charlotte

DANa wheeler

North Girls Teams Manager

Jeff Buseick Pro Skills Basketball
Jeff Buseick

South Girls Teams Manager

TEAM COACHES

Spring/Summer 2017

NORTH BOYS TEAMS:
3rd Gold Brent Williams
4th Gold Tony Watson
5th White Nick Noel
5th Black Chance Smith
5th Gold Tramaine Pride
6th Black Jason Barnes
6th Gold Jim Chandless
7th Black Cassidy McCorkle
7th Gold Kevin Walk
8th Gold Jeff Matuszko
9th Cameron Cruz
10th Gold Will Merrell, BJ Spencer
10th Black Nick Noel
NORTH GIRLS TEAMS:
8th Grade Jay Martin
10th Grade Charese Allen
SOUTH BOYS TEAMS:
3rd Gold Dowell Harmon
4th Black David Garber
4th Gold Austin Marsh
5th Black Cam Niesler
5th Gold Ryan Winters
6th Black Alex Johnson
6th Gold Steve Sorenson
7th Black Jacob Wilmot
7th Gold Judson Hall
8th Black Zach English
8th Gold Lamar Hull
9th Thomas Carlos Thomas
9th Gordon Lawrence Gordon
9th Gold Kenny Hairston Sr.
10th Gold Collin Wade
11th Black Alex McDonald
11th Gold Patrick McCarthy
SOUTH GIRLS TEAMS:
10th Grade Jacklyn Marshall

Fall/Winter 2016-17

NORTH BOYS TEAMS:
Teams Manager Jason Snow
4th Grade Brent Williams
5th Grade Gold Brent Williams
5th Grade Black BJ Spencer
6th Grade Gold Jim Chandless
6th Grade Black Jason Barnes
7th Grade Dorian Albritton
8th Grade Black Ryan Chester
8th Grade White Jason Snow
9th Grade Gold Jeff Coble
9th Grade Black BJ Spencer
10th Grade Kenny Hairston
11th Grade James Moye
NORTH GIRLS TEAMS:
8th Grade Logan Hartman
SOUTH BOYS TEAMS:
Teams Manager Colin Robbie
4th Grade Austin Marsh
5th Grade Gold Ryley Beaumont
5th Grade Black Tony Sabato
6th Grade Bryan Williams
7th Grade Kyle Musemeci
8th Grade Gold Geno Malpas
8th Grade Black Colin Robbie
9th Grade Reggie Hairston
11th Grade Chris Nugent

GENERAL

While all of our teams are competitive, our Elite boys teams are for advanced/elite level boys in grades 9-11 & currently on track to play in college.

This is a different/separate program from our other club teams as these teams are more competitive and require a larger commitment all around from coaches, parents, and players.

TEAMS/RECRUITS

17U Elite

Position Name Height School
PG JC Tharrington (2019) 6’1 Charlotte Christian
PG Josiah Jeffers 6’1 Burlington School
Combo Marcus Henderson 6’1 Olympic
Combo Adrian Martin 6’3 Lanier
Combo Madison Monroe 6’3 Southlake Christian
Wing Brett Swilling 6’6 United Faith Christian
Wing Satchel Hester 6’6 North Davidson
Forward Scott Harvey 6’8 Christ the King
Post Blake Preston 6’9 Charlotte Christian
Post Connor Arnold 6’9 (TBD)
Wing Torrey James 6’4 Hickory
Head Coach Sim Frazier
Asst. Coach JD Johson

16U Elite

Position Name Height School
PG Bryson Childress 6’0 North Stanley
Combo John Crump 6’2 Gaston Day
Combo John Beecy 6’2 Latin
Combo Levante Knox 6’2 Lincoln Charter
Post Hayden Greene 6’6 West Stanley
Wing Duwe Farris 6’5 Myers Park
Wing Levi Church 6’5 Wilkes Central
Center Nalik Veasely 6’8 Hopewell
Forward Sam Wolfe 6’7 United Faith
Post Wisdom Asaboro 6’9 Christ School
Wing Davier Dixon 6’5 North Meck
Forward Brian Bennett 6’8 Northfield Mount Hermon

15U Elite

Position Name Height School
PG Adam Brazil 5’10 Lake Norman
PG Isaac Boothe 5’10 JM Robinson
PG Tyrese McNeal 6’1 North Gaston
Combo Shamann Artis 6’2 North Meck
Combo Will Coble 6’2 Davidson Day
Wing Logan Jones 6’3 Charlotte Christian
Wing Jackson Threadgill 6’3 Concord
Wing Luke Robinson 6’3 Lake Norman
Forward Bennett Smith 6’5 Charlotte Latin
Post Beau Maye 6’8 Hough
Post Justice Ajogbor 6’9 Christ School
Post CJ Huntley 6’8 Davidson Day
Head Coach Reggie Hairston
Asst. Coach Jeff Coble

Class of 2017

Bryant Thomas – UNC Charlotte

Walker Miller – University of North Carolina

Bates Jones – Davidson College

John Meeks – Bucknell University

Jordan Mackenzie – Stony Brook University

Ryan Schwieger – Princeton University

Wes Morgan – University of North Florida

Marcus Thomas – Western Carolina University

 

Reece Bogan – Walsh University

Brandon Reeves – Mars Hill College

Quay Kimble – Lees McRrae College

Jackson Rhodes – University of Virginia

Andrew Metcalf – Pfieffer University

Shawn Morrison Jr – TBD

Matthew Statile – Guilford College

Nick Dietrich – Newberry College

Francis Sio -Wingate University

Class of 2016

Jordan Shepherd – Oklahoma University

Michael Buckland – Lipscomb University

Ben Robertson – Bucknell University

Ray Kowalski – Southeast Missouri State

Joe Hartman – Haverford College

David Reynolds – Bowdoin College

Myles McGregor – Presbyterian College

Myles Monroe -Truett McConnell University

Raekwon Long – Chattanooga State College

Mac Brydon – Mercer University

Parker Julian – Washington & Lee University

Spencer Kirkpatrick – North Greenville University

 

Bo Blight – UNC Charlotte

Caron Copening – Wingate University

Hugh Crump – Washington & Lee University

Jack Larkin – Roanoke College

Greyson Kelley – Olney Central JUCO

Stephen Misenheimer – Wingate University

Caleb Jordan – Roanoke College

Patrick Tape – Columbia University

Wyatt Self – Campbell University

Luke Gibson – Newberry College

Grant Stoller – William Peace University

Nathan Slack – Methodist University

Drew Kelly – Catawba Valley College

Class of 2015

Kishawn Pritchett – Davidson College

Hunter Seacat – William & Mary University

Steven Santa Ana – Elon University

Trey Phills – Yale University

Charles Minlend – University of San Francisco

Kenny Hairston – Limestone College

Trey Ford – Appalachian State

Class of 2014

Jordan Watkins – Davidson College

Connor Burchfield – William & Mary University

Rusty Reigel – Davidson College

Stefan Kostic – Pfeiffer University

Justas Narusas – Lyon College

Andrew Howard – John Wood College

Greg Childress – Catawba College

FINANCIAL AID

It is our policy to provide basketball opportunities to players regardless of financial circumstances. In order to provide players with these opportunities, we offer financial assistance to youth participants meeting the guidelines listed here.

If you would like to apply for financial assistance, please fill out our financial aid form here and email or mail a copy of the official school lunch program letter. For any questions, please email us at info@proskillsbasketball.com or call us at 704-288-1710.

DONATIONS

PSB Select is a non-profit 501(c)3 company. ALL funds donated will be used to help players who require financial assistance. If you would like to make a donation, please use the Paypal form below. Thanks for your generosity!

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GENERAL

Q: What Separates PSB Club Teams From Other Basketball Clubs?

A: 1. Our dedication to the individual improvement of our players. Of course we play every game to win, but having the most talented teams and/or winning championships are not our goals. Our goal is solely to make every child a more skilled and smarter basketball player than when he or she joined the team while also teaching them important life lessons such as hard work, overcoming adversity, teamwork, etc. Read about our club history here.

2. We hand select knowledgable and experienced coaches who are passionate teachers of the game. Not just anyone can coach with us. We do not hire fathers as coaches unless they are overly-qualified, and even that is rare. All coaches are also subjected to a background-check to ensure a safe environment for the kids. Read about our boys coaches here and our girls coaches here.

3. Our exclusive partnerships. We want to make playing for PSB an incredible experience for all players, so we partner with great companies that offer awesome benefits to our players and families, including Under Armour, Dick’s, Champions Sports Performance, and many more!

4. Last, but certainly not least, our intense and demanding, but positive environment. We are trying to change the negative culture of youth basketball through a more positive focus on teaching and coaching our players. Players, parents, and coaches are all required to sign our “Codes of Conduct”, which ensures a positive experience for everyone involved.

Q: Who Coaches the Teams?

A: Teams are coached by experienced and well-qualified local coaches. Most of our coaches are former college and/or professional players and/or coaches. Some are even current college players or high school coaches. Click our coaches link to see our past and current coaches.

Q: Does Everyone Who Tries Out Make the Team?

A: Our club teams are NOT for beginners, but rather, for intermediate to advanced level players. Unfortunately, not everyone will make a team. Players are selected by ability and attitude. We offer player development programs through our parent organization, Pro Skills Basketball, for beginners and those who do not make a team.

Q: How Many Players Are On a Team?

A: There are typically 10 players on a team and that is the max, but some teams may only have 8 or 9.

Q: Do Players Get Equal Playing Time?

A: No. Although every player will get game minutes, playing time is earned based on each player’s performance in practice and games. Playing time is earned, not given.

Q: Are There A and B Teams?

A: If enough players try out to make a second competitive team then another team may be formed. These teams are typically divided into “A” and “B” teams.

Q: What is the Commitment Level?

A: We are looking for committed players, but we understand how busy kids are these days so we are flexible when conflicts come up. We ask that you at minimum make 90% of your teams practices and games.

Q: Can My Child Play Another Sport at the Same Time?

A: Yes. We have some players who play multiple sports. Some conflicts may occur, but players should be able to attend the majority of the practices and games, unless given special permission.

LOGISTICAL

Q: When and How Long is the Select Team Season?

A: The “main” competitive club basketball season is the spring/summer season when the teams play weekend tournaments. We hold tryouts between the middle and end of February after the school season and then start the season the first week of March and go through June or July depending on grade.

Our “secondary” season is the fall/winter season when teams play in Saturday or Sunday leagues. We hold tryouts between the middle and end of August and then start the season after Labor Day in September and go through January. Please click here to read more specific info about each season and for tryout information!

Q: Can I Only Play Specific Seasons?

A: Yes. We reset all teams each spring beginning with tryouts. Once those teams are formed, each player who played in the spring/summer has the option to continue on into the fall/winter season (3rd-9th grade only). The players already on the team must attend tryouts, but will already have a spot on a team. There may, however, not be any openings if all players decide to continue on into the next season. For this reason, we highly encourage players to attend the big tryouts in the spring when we are looking to fill 10 spots per team. To see when the next tryouts are, click here!

Q: When Are Practices?

A: Practices will be held two days per week, between Monday and Thursday. The times are typically between 6-9pm. In some cases, younger teams may only practice once per week.

Q: Where Will Practices Be Held?

A: Practices for our north Charlotte teams are held at local gyms in the Lake Norman area, which include schools and gyms in Huntersville, Cornelius, Davidson, and Mooresville. Practices for our south Charlotte teams are held at local gyms in the Ballantyne area. See our Gym Locations page for possibilities.

Q: Where Will Games Be? Will Teams Travel?

A: All PSB teams will play in local Charlotte or surrounding area tournaments and leagues. However, in the spring/summer season, middle school teams may finish the season with a travel tournament and high school teams will travel for recruiting purposes.

Q: When Are Tournaments and Leagues?

A: Tournaments are held on Friday evenings (sometimes), Saturdays, and Sundays during the spring/summer season. Typically, each tournament has a 3 game minimum guaranteed. Leagues are either on Saturdays or Sundays during the fall/winter season.

TOURNAMENTS & LEAGUES

Q: What Kind of Tournaments Will You Play In? YBOA, NTBA, AAU Division I, II, OR III, USBA, USSSA?

A: After teams are formed, we will judge the level of competition that we feel suits each team. All types of tournaments will be considered, but we will do what’s best for the players and team in order to get the best experience possible. We may move a team up or down during the season depending on its level of success.

Q: What Does YBOA, NTBA, USBA, USSSA, and AAU Stand For?

A: YBOA stands for Youth Basketball Organization of America. NTBA stands for National Travel Basketball Association. USBA stands for United States Basketball Association. USSSA stands for United States Specialty Sports Association. AAU stands for Amateur Athletic Union.

Q: What is the Difference Between These Organizations?

A: They are all similar organizations in that they all put on youth basketball/sports tournaments, but they vary in the level of competition. In our opinion, AAU div. 1/2 has the best competition, followed by NTBA, USBA, and then AAU div. 3, USSA, and YBOA are all about the same.

Q: Do I Need Memberships to These Organizations?

A: Yes, you will be required to purchase your individual $15-20 AAU membership if the team is playing AAU, but your team will purchase any of the other organization’s memberships for you.

Q: When Do You Play in Leagues?

A: We play in leagues in the fall/winter season.

Q: When Days Do You Play in the Leagues?

A: Fall league games are typically on Saturdays, and winter league games are typically on Sundays.

FINANCIAL INVESTMENT

Q: How Much Does it Cost to Play on a Team?

A: The team fee varies by grade and gender, but is typically between $165-$225/month depending on player division and season. In the spring/summer season, all players will be required to purchase a $130-200 discounted Under Armour player pack one time at the beginning of their season, which is the players to keep.

Q: What Does the Club Fee Cover?

A: The club fee covers gym time for practice, coaches fees, tournament entry fees, game uniform rental, insurance, and a Pro Skills Basketball team membership.

Q: What Do I Get With a Pro Skills Basketball Team Membership?

A: This membership gives each player a discount of 20% off various Pro Skills Basketball programs, including Training, Clinics, and Camps!

Q: What Do I Get With The Under Armour ‘Player Pack’?

A: The Under Armour player pack is a steeply discounted pack of UA basketball gear and shoes. Again, it varies depending on grade and gender, but typically includes a practice uniform, 2 shirts, and a bag. The older teams are typically required to buy shoes as well.

Q: Are Scholarships/Financial Aid or “Sibling Discounts” Available?

A: “Scholarships” based strictly on ability are not given. However, a limited amount of need-based financial aid is available. In these cases, the player and family must provide certain documents to prove financial aid is needed. Please see our Financial Aid page for more info.

We also have a “sibling discount” available. After the first full-price child, each other child that plays receives 25% off the monthly membership.