• Pinoys among best campers at Abunassar’s hoops center

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    Jude P. Roque

    Jude P. Roque

    Joe Abunassar’s Impact Basketball Center is a highly touted training camp for aspiring National Basketball Association (NBA) players. Many NBA Draft applicants try to hone their skills at the Impact Center before joining the NBA’s Rookie Camp. Among his most notable clients are Kevin Garnett, Chauncey Billups, DeMarcus Cousins, Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis and Serge Ibaka.

    Butamong Coach Joe’s favorite clients are Filipino players that come all the way from the Philippines to train under him for about a week or two.” Filipinos are some of our favorite clients because they are always eager to learn, with positive energy, and elite motivation,” said Abunassar, who is an expert in basketball skills and conditioning training.

    The Impact Center has been a regular training camp for Philippine teams like the Meralco Bolts, San Beda Red Lions, Ateneo Blue Eagles and the Gilas Pilipinas National Team. In the past, the University of the East Red Warriors and Talk N’ Text PBA squad also visited Abunassar in his camp. Individual clients like Kiefer Ravena and JC Intal also train there during the off-season.

    This week, the Red Lions are starting their summer training with Abunassar in his Las Vegas branch. The 19-time NCAA champs will undergo intensive training for two weeks that include some friendly games with other clients of Impact. “San Beda has players that are not only very talented but also positive and energetic. Their work ethic and love of competition are very exciting for us each year and we take great concern to make them better in every way during their training at Impact. It has been very rewarding to see some of the same students grow and get better each season, and especially to witness the success of the program,” said Abunassar’s co-trainer Andrew Moore.

    Currently, the Impact Basketball Center has three venues — Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Florida.But Abunas­sar and his team are also open to traveling to other parts of the globe to teach his system. The Qatar National Men’s Team and China’s pro squad Shanxi Dragons are also regular clients.

    The Impact Center’s main teaching points are in combining on-court basketball skill training with performance strength training and nutrition. It normally has about eight trainers per session, and each camp lasts from two to eight weeks.

    Abunassar set up the camp in 2006 and has grown rapidly since then. “Our recent expansion has been to allow coaches and trainers the access to our entire training program online through our website www.impactbball.com,” adds Joe.

    Abunassar and his team have been witness to several successful Filipino basketball programs that hired their services. Ateneo and San Beda had been training with the camp almost yearly since the early 2000s, and both the Blue Eagles and Red Lions have been title-holders in the UAAP and NCAA respectively in the last ten years.

    The Impact Basketball Center is very familiar with the Filipino style of basketball and it is proud to be part of its progress. Just last year, Abunassar and Moore came to Manila to hold a three-day clinic and they were very impressed with the young campers.

    “The most important thing for Filipino players of all levels is to learn to love the grind of training and competing. They must find joy in the challenge of working towards getting better. We are very proud of our strong relationships with many of the schools and players in the Philippines and we are excited for another off-season of productive training.”

    More Philippine teams are expected to visit Coach Joe in the years to come.

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