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The highlights of Shaun Manning's basketball career could fill a novel. A gifted high school, college and NBA and CBA player, Shaun Manning's athletic talents are numerous. His shooting was pure, and his status as a winner sealed from a young age. He has the heart of a champion, and that made him a much beloved teammate.Shaun's coaching career is no less stellar. From shooting coach and trainer to assistant and head coach, Shaun has taught at all levels of the game. He is known for his successful track record in developing and graduating student-athletes, placing young men in college and university programs. He has created numerous clinics on basketball fundamentals and conditioning and has worked closely with several star NBA players.In the late 1990's, Shaun founded Ground Up Basketball, a sports program focused on developing young boys into productive citizens - preparing them for the next level in basketball, education and life. His responsibilities have been numerous, and the young boys have flourished.Shaun is often quoted as saying, "the game of life is forever - you need to play that game the right way." Part coach, part mentor, part philosopher... all believer and basketball intellect... Shaun is relentless in his belief in the potential in his "basketball kids" if they make the right choices. He urges his kids to focus, to remove obstacles, to think about what it will take to get one's mind and body ready each day. He advocates proper study habits, daily exercise, keeping a journal and implores his kids to take responsibility in themselves to become self-reliant. This is not doublespeak - Shaun Manning fully practices what he preaches.Coach Manning's methods challenge kids, and help to instill respect- fulness and courage and foster connections. He well knows the critical importance of how athletic and academic scholarship must work in concert if one wants to reach his potential. Dedication and determination on the court plus dedication and determination off the court equals a winning strategy for basketball and for life.
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