POWER Basketball Academy is a genuinely unique training experience aimed at improving an individual’s fundamentals by teaching the proper skills necessary to compete at your own highest level. We focus on the small details of the game that make a big impact, such as, offensive and defensive footwork, ball control, shooting technique and consistency, decision making, team attitude, basketball IQ and leadership. We work with age levels from 4th grade to collegiate and NBA players and accept all skill levels.
Sanford’s POWER Basketball Academy has developed a program for basketball players of all ages and ability levels by teaching the fundamentals of the game and encouraging a positive individual and team attitude, while working hard to be the best you can be.
What does a POWER Basketball workout consist of?
Every workout is one hour in length and is aimed at improving an individual’s fundamentals by teaching the proper skills necessary to compete at each trainee’s own highest level. We focus on the small details of the game that make a big impact, such as, offensive and defensive footwork, ball control, shooting technique and consistency, decision making, team attitude, basketball IQ and leadership. All individual workouts will have no more than four players (unless requested) so that we can focus on catering to each athlete’s needs to grow as a player. Small group and team workouts will mainly focus on individual skill development, but will also incorporate drills and concepts that can help them improve as a team.
Through the POWER Basketball Academy program athletes will be offered the most complete and comprehensive tools geared individually to make each player perform to their highest ability. Each player will be individually consulted to work on parts of the game of basketball that will help them perform at their highest level.
Mike Miller of the Miami Heat has just entered his 10th year in the NBA. Known for his ability to hit the three-pointer Mike began his career with the University of Florida where he led the Gators to the 2000 NCAA Championship game as a sophomore. Mike was then selected as a first round draft pick in 2000 by the Orlando Magic. In his successful career he has played with the Orlando Magic, Memphis Grizzlies, Minnesota Timberwolves, Washington Wizards, and currently the Miami Heat. Over his career he has received numerous awards including the 2001 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, 2001 NBA All-Rookie First team, and 2006 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, as well as an invitation to be part of the 2006-07 USA Basketball Team.
Along with a stellar athletic career Mike has also found ways to give back to the community. Mike created his own foundation (The Mike Miller Foundation) which helps kids to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and provides aid to disadvantaged or disabled children. Mike has won the NBA’s Community Assist Award after he donated 1 million dollars to support Sanford Children’s Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. Mike is also a team member of Hoop Heroes, and has been involved in many charities across the country.
A vivacious coach who has great pride and passion for the game of basketball, Sundance Wicks joins the POWER Basketball family after a seven year stint of coaching college basketball at the highest level and training NBA Players. For the past seven years Sundance has been an assistant coach for Northern State legendary Head Coach Don Meyer and University of Colorado and Northern Illinois Head Coach Ricardo Patton.
Quoting Don Meyer:
“Sundance sees the big picture and does not have blinders on to his teaching and coaching. He never has a down day because of his passion for serving and meeting the needs of those under his supervision, and those he will associate with.”
Prior to taking on the role of POWER Basketball Academy Director in Gilbert, AZ, Sundance spent 5 months training NBA Pre-Draft basketball players at Impact basketball academy in Las Vegas, NV. Sundance has worked with players of all ages and skill levels, most notably, Xavier Silas, Northern Illinois (5th in the nation in scoring 2010-11 season), Jon Deibler, Ohio State-drafted by Portland Trailblazers (Led nation in 3pt. FG%), Malcom Lee, UCLA-drafted by Chicago (traded to Minnesota Timberwolves), Jordan Williams, Maryland-drafted by New Jersey Nets, Curtis Jerrells, Baylor-signed with San Antonio Spurs now plays for Fenerbahce Ulker Club in Turkey.
Born August 9, 1980 in Gillette, Wyo., Wicks graduated from Campbell County High School in 1999, where he lettered in football, basketball and track and field. In 1999, he was named Wyoming’s Millward Simpson Athlete of the Year. Wicks was a part of two high school basketball championships (1996-97 and 1998-99), and in his senior season, won a trio of state championships in football (Campbell County’s first since 1969), basketball and track and field, where he captured the individual state title in the 300-meter hurdles, and was the state runner-up in the 110-meter high hurdles.
During his playing days at Northern State, Wicks ended his four-year career as the 25th all-time scorer in school history with 1,174 points, and helped lead the Wolves to a pair of Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) titles in 2002 and 2003. Wicks was a two-time All-NSIC First-Team selection and started every game in his career (105 games). In the classroom, he was a two-time all-conference academic honoree (2001-02, 2002-03) and was named NSU’s Clark Swisher Male Athlete of the Year in 2003.
During his senior season, Wicks led the Wolves in scoring (14.1 ppg) and rebounding (7.5 rpg), recorded eight double-doubles and was ranked in the NSIC top-10 in both categories. Wicks earned his bachelor’s degree in international business in 2003, along with a master’s of science in health, physical education and coaching in 2006.
After completing his college career at NSU, Wicks played professionally in Sweden’s top division for one year, leading the Sodertalje Kings in both scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounding (8.0 rpg). While helping teach younger Swedish players the skills of the game, Wicks guided the Kings to the semifinals of the Swedish Cup. He was the only American listed in the top-20 of every statistical category at the end of the season.