PODCAST

PREP Athletics Basketball Podcast

Cory Heitz

PREP Athletics is a company that helps basketball players find the right fitting prep schools to help them meet their goals. This podcast features PREP Athletics founder Cory Heitz's valuable expertise and vast connections to share insights and stories about the past, present, and future of prep school basketball. It also features in depth interviews with prep school basketball coaches from all competitive levels. Cory is a prep school alum, former D1 player, and Air Force veteran. Learn more about how PREP Athletics can help you by visiting www.prepathletics.com, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter.
The Difference Between Brick and Mortar Prep Schools VS Basketball Academies
This is one of the most important topics to clarify in the prep school basketball world. Brick and mortar prep schools are NOT the same as basketball academies. In this episode I discuss the differences between the two options, share my personal experience and horror stories of working with some of these academies, and share what to questions to ask if looking at this option. Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJAmazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3JzcwAbout MeCory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Jan 10 2022
16 mins
Coaching NBA Lottery Picks + Starting the And1 Shoe Brand feat. Westtown School Coach Seth Berger
In this episode we welcome Westtown School Head Coach Seth Berger.  Seth has been the coach there for 12 years and built it into a national powerhouse.  He has coached NBA players such as Cam Reddish and Mo Bamba.  He currently has the number one player in the class of 2022 and Duke signee Dereck Lively.  In this episode we discuss why he got into coaching, how he turned Westtown into a national powerhouse, the mindset and skills that his eventual NBA players possess, and placement during covid.  Seth also founded the shoe and apparel company And1.  We talk about his meeting with Larry Johnson, the And1 Mixtape Tour, and more.  This was a fun interview with tons of great insight.  What You Will Learn:[2:05] Why Seth decided to coach prep school basketball?[6:21] Which prep school did Seth attend?[8:07] Steps Seth took to turn his team into a national powerhouse.[21:00] What do his players who make it to the NBA posses?[29:36] Famous Westtown school alumni[31:24] Where and when did you come up with the idea for the And1 brand?[35:32] Coolest experience while leading the And1 brand.[39:55] How did the And1 Mixtape Tour start?[43:55] Did the And1 Mixtape Tour lead to more sales? [45:00] Advice to someone who wants to start their own company? [49:20] Covid and college placement challenges[1:03:10] Biggest win as a coach?[1:05:03] Best player Seth ever coached against.[1:06:35] Hobbies[1:07:15] Favorite MovieConnect w/ SethTwitter | https://twitter.com/WesttownhoopsWebsite | https://www.westtown.edu/athletics/te...Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/bfdm33/
Dec 29 2021
1 hr 8 mins
Creating a National Powerhouse, Starting Findlay Prep + Coaching Rick Pitino's son feat. Danny Haney
On this episode we welcome Coach Danny Haney to the podcast. Danny is PREP Athletics Founder Cory Heitz’s high school coach. Danny coached at Lexington Catholic High School and during his time won a state title and got up to #3 in the USA Today National High School Rankings. He beat Oak Hill and Whitney Young that year and talks about how he built the program into a national powerhouse. Danny also talks about coaching Tubby Smith and Rick Pitino’s sons, turning down a 2-time NBA All Star from joining his team, the beauty of Kentucky high school basketball, and helping to create the first basketball academy in the US: Findlay Prep. Did you know Findlay Prep never sent a player from its roster to a non D1 school in its existence? This was a very informative podcast with lots of great stories. What you will learn:[2:27] What was his drive to become a good player?[3:10] Why did Danny choose to play at Eastern Kentucky?[4:48] Why did Danny get into high school coaching?[8:02] How did being on the road recruiting for a D1 program, help you as a high school coach?[10:40] What makes Kentucky high school basketball so special?[17:38] Kentucky’s high school basketball tournaments.[23:45] Pros/Cons of coaching Rick Pitino and Tubby Smith’s kids.[31:08] Building a high school program which eventually became nationally ranked.[34:35] What characteristics did all the great players Danny coached possess?[37:00] Why did Danny turn down a 2-time NBA All Star from transferring to his team? [48:25] Thoughts on playing time vs. better competition.[52:14] Findlay Prep’s formation + how Danny helped create the first basketball academy[1:03:18] Best player played against?[1:03:29] Best player Danny ever coached against?[1:04:12] Biggest win of his basketball career?[1:04:50] Favorite Movie Connect w/ DannyLinkedin | https://www.linkedin.com/in/danny-haney-3536a730/Twitter | https://twitter.com/DannyHaney1 Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJAmazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3JzcwAbout Me Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to
Dec 13 2021
1 hr 6 mins
Former Nike Executive Talks Kobe, Lebron and Kevin Durant + Placing His Son in a Prep School
On this PREP Athletics Podcast we welcome former Nike executive and prep school parent to the podcast. Archie McEachern completed a post grad year himself at Maine Central Institute before playing and becoming a 2 year captain at Ithaca College. He then worked his way up the corporate ladder at Nike to at one point being in charge of Global Basketball. Archie was in charge of footwear for Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Kevin Durant and more. He also shares his insight on helping his own son choose the right prep school. This was a great interview! Get behind the scenes on Kobe designing his shoe and more. What You Will Learn:[2:18] How Archie found out about post grad and attending Maine Central Institute. [5:44] Playing at Ithaca College. [6:30] At what point as a parent did you start to discuss prep school options with his son? [8:30] Archie's starting point on choosing prep schools for his son. [20:30] What advice Archie gives parents and players? [33:34] First job in the shoe industry. [35:32] Role within Nike and working with Lebron James and Kobe. [37:59] Behind the scenes working with Kobe Bryant on the Mamba shoe design. [40:54] Professionalism of athletes. [43:06] Sacrifices professional athletes make. [46:00] Name image and likeness deals for college players [53:03] Best player ever played against. [53:32] Biggest win of basketball career? [54:26] Hobbies [55:02] Favorite MovieConnect w/ Archie Linkedin | https://www.linkedin.com/in/archiemceachern/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/amceac Website | https://www.play360hoops.com/ Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/archie.mceachern/ Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw About Me Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Nov 29 2021
56 mins
Top 5 Most Important Questions to Ask Prep School Basketball Coaches
In this short podcast we go over the most popular article from the PREP Athletics website: The Top 5 Most Important Questions to Ask Prep School Basketball Coaches. Here they are: 1) How much is this going to cost? 2) What is your strategy on getting a player exposure to college coaches? 3) How can you meet a player's academic goals? 4) What is the culture of the school? 5) How will you develop a player's skills? You can read the full article here: https://prepathletics.com/top-5-questions-you-should-ask-prep-school-coaches/ Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Stitcher | https://www.stitcher.com/show/prep-athletics-podcast Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw About Me: Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Nov 15 2021
10 mins
Former NBA Head Strength Coach Who Also Trained Kevin Durant in HS - feat. Coach Blair O'Donovan
On this week’s episode I had the pleasure to interview former NBA strength and conditioning coach, Blair O’Donovan.  Blair has worked in the NHL, NFL, NBA, as well as for the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonalds All American Game.  Blair and I coached together at Gonzaga College High School in Washington DC under Gatorade National Coach of the Year, Steve Turner.  In this podcast Blair talks about being Kevin Durant’s strength coach in high school, the other future NBA players on the Montrose Christian team, characteristics of an NBA player, the importance of nutrition/sleep, and the exercises he recommends to young athletes.  Blair is one of the best in the business and you will learn a lot of valuable information in this episode.  What You Will Learn:[4:00] When Blair decided to get into the strength and conditioning industry.[9:00] How strength coaches can make an impact.[10:10] Kevin Durant’s work ethic and how that got him to where he is today.[15:43 ] What attributes got Kevin Durant to the NBA?[19:54] What qualities do the NBA players Blair works with possess? [24:59] Benefits and challenges working as the head strength coach with the Washington Wizards.[27:57] Three best lifts for basketball players.[30:54] Mistakes athletes make in the weight room.[32:24] Do players need a weight room, trainer and/or specific equipment to get where they need to be?[35:05] Nutrition and sleep tips[41:42] Best convenience store options for players on the run.[46:33] What did Blair do 10 years ago that he no longer does?[50:03] What do other countries do better in strength and conditioning than the USA, and what do they not do as well? [53:01] Favorite/least favorite workout/lift?[57:04] Best player ever played against?[58:45] Hobbies[1:01:13] Favorite Movie Connect with BlairTwitter | https://twitter.com/HealthyBallerWebsite | https://www.healthyballer.com/YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_5tYaJKsWZ4UKulTp9GYFwInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/healthy_baller/ Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJAmazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3JzcwAbout Me Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Nov 1 2021
1 hr 5 mins
The Beginner's Guide to D3 Basketball feat. D3 Direct's Karl Barkley
On this episode we welcome Karl Barkley of D3Direct.  Karl played at Swarthmore College and now helps educate athletes on everything D3.  In this episode we discuss the talent at the D3 level, going pro, the benefits, and talk all about financial aid.  This was a very informative episode which is a must listen to those who don’t know much about the D3 option. What You Will Learn:[0:41] Overview of episode[2:17] Information about D3Direct and why it started.[3:05] Karl wishes there was a D3Direct around when he was looking at colleges[3:40] How Karl helps current D3 athletes.[4:59] Misconceptions about D3 basketball.[6:16] Why coaches start recruiting later at D3.[8:20] Myth Buster: D3 players don’t go pro.[10:21] What has led to more D3 players going pro?[16:12] Duncan Robinson and other D3 players who have gone pro.[17:52] Myth Buster - D3 teams cannot beat D1 teams.[21:21] Myth Buster - D3 athletes are not athletic.[22:50] Myth Buster- D3 schools do not have fans.[25:42] Do D3 schools offer scholarships? [27:44] Do basketball teams have merit money they can give out?[29:15] Why would a school give a player a full ride?[36:15] Expanding beyond your sport.[39:19] What is FAFSA?[44:22] How schools determine the size of the merit pool?[48:58] What information would you have liked to know as a high school senior before going D3?[51:09] Biggest win of basketball career?[51:50] Best player ever played against?[53:48] Hobbies[55:36] Favorite Movie Connect with KarlTwitter | https://twitter.com/D3DirectYouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1AVJh6vAhsnW7OLPVAOlCwInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/d3direct/?hl=en Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJAmazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcastGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3JzcwAbout Me Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Oct 18 2021
58 mins
Walking On D1, Winning a Prep School Championship, Coaching NBA Players + More feat. IMG's Alex Popp
On this episode we welcome Coach Alex Popp of IMG Academy to the podcast. Alex has played D1 and D2, coached at the D1, D3, G-League, Nike EYBL and prep school level and is now working at IMG Academy to make their basketball program one of the best in the world. In this episode we talk about Alex completing a post grad year at Northfield Mount Hermon, being a walk on at a Big Ten school, finding the right fit for college, coaching Top 100/future NBA players, what guards need to do to succeed, the NIL situation, and much more. Alex came to IMG Academy from NEPSAC AAA prep school Vermont Academy and shares the his thoughts after being away from the New England game for a year. This is a great episode with a lot of knowledge shared. What You Will Learn:[2:53] How has coaching and/or playing at different levels helped you get to where you are now?[5:10] Benefits of New England prep school world and its challenges.[9:30 ] IMG’s pitch to a high major player.  [14:55] Academic team offerings.[18:47] What made Alex decide to do a post grad year?[21:12] Why did you decide to be a walk on at the Univ of Minnesota?[33:48] What does a guard have to do to get to the next level?[36:21] What can one do to improve as a guard?[47:34] What was it like coaching NBA players and what did they posses that got them intothe league?[50:30] Can a player develop a motor?[1:09:42] Best player ever coached against?[1:11:13] Top booksConnect with Alex Twitter | https://twitter.com/coachalexpopp Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/alex.popp3 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/coachalexpopp/ Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics Email | coryheitz@gmail.com
Oct 4 2021
1 hr 20 mins
How Does the PREP Athletics Process of Finding the Right Fitting Prep School Work?
In this mini episode, PREP Athletics Founder, Cory Heitz explains how the PREP Athletics process of finding a right fitting prep school works. This process includes:1) Committing to help a player2) Player has to make their own recruiting website3) Reaching out to the right fitting prep school's coaches on the player's behalf4) Have players/family ready to talk to interested coaches by creating a recruiting notebook w/ important questions to ask5) After players talk to coaches I will talk to them about the characteristics of each school and coach6) If feasible set up visits with schools a player wants to learn more about 7) After visiting and finalizing schools, start the application process8) Choosing a school.Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsTikTok | https://www.tiktok.com/@prepathletics?lang=enEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:Apple Podcasts | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJAmazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/PREP-ATHLETICS-PODCASTGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw About MeCory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Sep 20 2021
12 mins
National Championship Winning Prep School Coach Talks Program Building + 7 Footers feat Tom Espinoza
Tom Espinoza is the head prep boys basketball coach at Putnam Science Academy.  Tom won National Prep School Championships in 2018 and 2020.  He has coached dozens of D1 players to include NBA player Hamadou Diallo.  In this conversation we talk about starting a prep school program from scratch, what its like to coach a Top 100 player, his second team, the importance of the open gym recruiting period, coaching multiple 7 footers and more.  What You Will Learn:[1:17] Information about Putnam Science Academy.[3:30] Why did you want to start the program from scratch at Putnam?[7:43] How did Tom get his early recruits?[9:58] What characteristics do your players need to have?[11:55] Advantages/ disadvantages of being on the second team?[15:28] How does Tom place players from the second team?[16:28] How important is the open gym period for prep school players?[21:30] Do you have a recruiting plan with players who have committed to your program?[23:46] Discussing NIL (Name Image and Likeness) options with players where they have thepotential to get more money playing at a certain college.[28:30] Benefits and challenges of coaching Top 100 players.[30:58] What did Hamadou Diallo possess that made him a NBA player?[32:49] How having an NBA player from school has helped.[34:25] Changes in coaching style due to Covid. [38:13] Thoughts on NCAA transfer rule.[39:45] Biggest surprise as a player?[44:17] Coaching multiple 7 ft players.[47:56] Biggest win of career?[49:17] Best player coached against?[50:11] Hobbies[50:26] Favorite MovieConnect with Tom:Twitter | https://twitter.com/PSAhoopsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PutnamScienceAcademyNewsWebsite | https://www.putnamscienceacademy.org/mens-basketball38c82d48Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/putnamsciencehoops/ Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:Apple Podcasts | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJAmazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/PREP-ATHLETICS-PODCASTGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw
Sep 6 2021
51 mins
Top Level New England Basketball Prep School Located in the Woods of Maine feat Coach Dan Haynes
On this episode we interview Lee Academy’s Head Prep Basketball Coach Dan Haynes.  Dan was a multisport athlete in high school and college before getting into coaching.  He has been at Lee since 2016 and shares his insights on such topics as the remoteness of Lee Academy, playing in the NEPSAC AAA, his largely international roster, and more.  Dan explains his pitch to players on why it’s a good thing to go to a prep school in Northern Maine, plus much more.  Enjoy the interview! What You Will Learn:[1:27] Growing up and why Dan chose basketball.[3:45] What it was like playing more than one sport in college.[6:10] About Lee Academy.[12:02] Challenges of being located in a remote location?[17:10] How does Dan get his players recruited?[31:45] What makes the NESPAC AAA league so special?[35:05] Famous Alumni of Lee Academy[42:00] Benefits and challenges of international players.[47:30] Player who was the biggest surprise.  [52:40] Biggest win of career?[54:53] Best player coached against?[57:26] HobbiesConnect with Dan:Twitter | https://twitter.com/CoachDanHaynesFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/Lee-Academy-Post-Graduate-Basketball1095695453840266/?ref=page_internalWebsite | https://www.leeacademy.org/athletics/prep-basketballInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/discodaniel/Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:Apple Podcasts | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJAmazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/PREP-ATHLETICS-PODCASTGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3JzcwAbout Me Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Aug 23 2021
1 hr 1 min
Coaching Basketball at an All Boy's Prep School in Pennsylvania feat. Kiski Coach Damien Williams
In this episode we chat with Coach Damien Williams, Head Prep Basketball Coach at The Kiski School. Kiski is located near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Coach Williams discusses recruiting against the New England prep schools, college recruiting, the advantage of prep school open gyms, how to email a college basketball coaching staff and much more. What You Will Learn:[2:58] What made Damien want to become a basketball coach?[5:13] Damien’s pitch for Kiski as a non-New England prep school.[9:30] Information about The Kiski School.[13:45] How Damien builds his team and what he looks for in a guard?[22:06] Benefit of the NCAA approved summer scholastic weekends. [25:20] Do players get more exposure during the summer on an AAU team or during the scholastic live weekends?[29:55] Famous Alumni of The Kiski School.[33:25] New coaching techniques during Covid. [37:19] Benefits of open gym period in the Fall.[40:26] Recruiting during open gyms vs during the regular season.[42:50] Recruiting plan for new players.[47:34] Who should kids email on a college coaching staff?[51:00] Does The Kiski School offer full scholarships?[54:16] Biggest win of career?[55:55] Best player coached against?[57:19] Hobbies[58:40] Favorite MovieConnect with Damien: Twitter | https://twitter.com/CoachWills2133 Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=damien%20williams Website | https://www.kiski.org/team-detail?fromId=281326&Team=27318&SeasonLabel=2020%20-%202021&siteId=1315 Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/dkw2133/ Connect with Cory: Website | https://www.prepathletics.com Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/ Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4 Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ Stitcher | https://www.stitcher.com/show/prep-athletics-podcast Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw About Me Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Aug 16 2021
1 hr 1 min
Zion Williamson + Steph Curry played in the League of This Southern Prep School feat. Roger Cox
In this episode we interview Coach Roger Cox who is the head boy’s basketball coach at the Rabun Gap School.  Roger shares why not being in New England is not a disadvantage for his school, the league they play in that has included Zion Williamson and the Curry brothers, the benefits of a multi-cultural school, Rabun Gap’s circus program and more.  What You Will Learn;[4:00] Why Roger chose basketball?[4:50] What got Roger into coaching basketball?[10:30] Why go to Rabun Gap?[13:36] Advantage of playing basketball at Rabun Gap vs New England prep schools.[15:40] How Roger chooses players for his program?[20:00] Why do you want kids to come for more than one year? [23:00] Students around the world and visiting families from other countries.[26:36] Why is it important for prep school kids to be with other students from around the world?[30:24] Favorite Country[32:30] Next country Roger wants to visit.[35:50] Famous Alumni of Rabun Gap[44:50] What is it like coaching against high level players?[48:30] Circus program at Rabun Gap.[52:00] Coaching changes during Covid.[54:30] Thoughts on NCAA transfer rule.[58:20] Biggest win of career[58:45] Best player coached against?[58:58] Hobbies[59:50] Favorite MovieConnect with Roger:Twitter | https://twitter.com/CoachRogerCoxFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/roger.cox.1232760Website | https://www.rabungap.org/team-detail?fromId=294092&Team=163971&SeasonLabel=2021%20-%202022&siteId=1394Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/coach_rogercox/ Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJStitcher | https://www.stitcher.com/show/prep-athletics-podcastGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3JzcwAbout MeCory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Aug 9 2021
1 hr 2 mins
Veteran Prep School Basketball Coach Kevin Kehoe Shares His Wisdom
In this episode we interview the Winchendon School’s Head Boys Basketball Coach, Kevin Kehoe.  Kevin has won a NEPSAC prep school title and coach of the year award.  In our conversation we discuss the benefits of playing at a prep school, how to choose between colleges that are recruiting you, the single statement that if a guard does it will get them a scholarship, and much more.  Kevin is a personality who also discusses the NCAA transfers, the new NIL ruling and raising triplets.    What You Will Learn:[1:10] Why Kevin chose basketball?[1:52] How Kevin ended up going to a JUCO.[2:48] Going from a JUCO in CT to school in Kansas.[3:20] How you teach your players that they are not an athlete, then student.[4:16] Why should a player come to play for The Winchendon School.[7:36] Kevin explains his second team. [11:17] Coaching changes Kevin made duringa Covid?[13:04] Did Covid change the type of kid you recruit?[14:40] Famous Alumni of The Winchendon School[18:26] How was AAU when you coached?[19:40] Why and when Kevin started a football recruiting program?[23:15] What Kevin tells guards.[24:28] Thoughts NCAA transfer rule.[26:03] What change would you make to the transfer rule?[31:04] Thoughts on college athletes getting sponsorships via the NIL?[32:50] Placement for kids at colleges now with sponsorship opportunities.[34:06] What would Kevin do as a father regarding sponsorship opportunities?[35:50] How to advise kids on these potential sponsorship opportunies?[38:54] Discussion of NIL rule.[40:22] Will scholarships be good enough now days?[43:13] Surprise player who showed up?[47:01] What lesson to give kids not to do?[50:23] Biggest win of career?[50:50] Best player coached against?[51:34] Hobbies[52:00] Favorite MovieConnect with Kevin:Twitter | https://twitter.com/CoachKevinKehoeFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/kevin.kehoe.370Website | https://athletics.winchendon.org/sports/boys-prep-basketballInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/coachkehoe/ Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJStitcher | https://www.stitcher.com/show/prep-athletics-podcastGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw
Aug 2 2021
53 mins
3 Things I Wish I Would Have Done as a High School Basketball Player
In this mini episode I discuss the three things I would tell my high school self to do if I could go back into a time machine.  While this is not realistic, current high school players and coaches might get some insight into the benefits of these suggestions.  Here they are:1) Meditate for 10 minutes a day2) Incorporate Ice Baths/Sauna (Laird Hamilton + Wim Hof)3) Be present and enjoy the high school experience versus stressing about college Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJStitcher | https://www.stitcher.com/show/prep-athletics-podcastGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw About Me Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Jul 26 2021
7 mins
The Beginner's Guide to D2 Basketball feat. Regis University Coach Brady Bergeson
Brady Bergeson is the head coach of Regis University in Denver, Colorado.  He played at D3 Chapman University before coaching D1 at Sacramento State.  He then became head coach at D2 Western Oregon before becoming the head coach at Regis in 2015.  In this episode Brady will tell us about the benefits of playing at the D2 level, how scholarships work at all levels, the differences between each, and more.  What You Will Learn:[1:25] Why Brady chose basketball?[2:47] Coaching high school basketball in Tustin CA?[5:00] What are the differences between D1, D2 and D3?[12:50] How D2 schools package scholarships.[14:33] The scholarship situation at Regis.[17:30] Benefits of playing at the D2 level. [24:48] Recruiting timeline for D2.[28:48] More information regarding playing at the D2 level.[32:42] Why should a player come to Regis University?[31:32] Famous alumni of Regis University – Bill Murray went here![41:19] Thoughts on NCAA transfer rule?[45:06] Is D2 getting more players due to the NCAA transfer portal?[46:43] Biggest win as a coach?[47:40] Best player coached against?[48:26] Best player personally played against?[48:50] Hobbies[49:44] Favorite MovieConnect with Brady:Twitter | https://twitter.com/coachbergesonFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/RegisRangersWebsite | https://regisrangers.com/sports/mens-basketballInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/coachbergeson/Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166 Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJStitcher | https://www.stitcher.com/show/prep-athletics-podcastGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3JzcwAbout Me Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Jul 19 2021
51 mins
Prep School Coach Who has Worked for the Pacers, D2, D1 + Coached an NBA Player - feat Mike Mannix
Wilbraham and Monson Head Boys Basketball Coach, Mike Mannix has coached at the D2, D3 and NBA levels.  He has been at Wilbraham and Monson since 2009.  In this episode Mike talks about working for the Indiana Pacers as a video scout, being the director of basketball ops at Drexel, why the NEPSAC AA prep school league is so special, coaching current NBA player Wenyen Gabriel, and much more.   What You Will Learn:[1:15] Why Mike chose basketball?[4:36] How did he become a video scout for the Indiana Pacers?[7:30] What did you take away from the experience at the Pacers that you can use with yourteam?[10:35] Time coaching at Western New Mexico University.[12:40] Coaching at Drexel.[15:12] Why he chose to work at Wilbraham and Monson? [19:55] Famous Alumni from Wilbraham and Monson.[22:00] What makes the NEPSAC AA prep school basketball league so special?[28:00] How does Mike advise a family and player on college recruiting?[30:56] Coaching University of Kentucky alum and current NBA player Wenyen Gabriel[31:32] What makes someone an NBA player?[34:30] New coaching ideas during Covid?[37:59] Thoughts on NCAA transfer rule?[43:05] Biggest win of career?[44:54] Best player coached against?[47:14] Hobbies[48:42] Best ESPN 30 for 30?[49:00] Favorite movieConnect with Mike:Twitter | https://twitter.com/Coach_MannixFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/wilbrahammonsonacademybasketballWebsite | https://www.wma.us/athletics/teams-page/boysbasketballInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/wma_basketball/YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/user/WilbrahamMonsonAcad Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJStitcher | https://www.stitcher.com/show/prep-athletics-podcastGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3JzcwAbout Me Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Jun 30 2021
51 mins
Former D1 Assistant + IMG Coach, John Mahoney, Discusses the World of Basketball Academies
John Mahoney is a former D1 assistant coach at programs such as West Virginia University and Michigan.  After coaching in college he took over the national post grad team at IMG Academy.  Recently John started 212º Sports Academy.  In this episode John talks about knowing what college coaches are looking for and how to develop his players so they will be attractive to coaches at the next level.  Now as a founder of his own academy, he is taking all he learned and applying it to his program.  We dig into the world of basketball academies and their advantages over a traditional brick and mortar prep school.  I have been a vocal critic of basketball academies and having John on the podcast was very informative.  Not all of these places are equal and John will share why his is different.  What You Will Learn:[1:05] Why John chose basketball?[1:35] How John got into coaching basketball.[3:50] What he learned coaching at the D1 level?[7:45] What made John Beilein from West Virginia University so great?[9:00] Coaching at Michigan.[9:40] Coaching at St. Francis (PA). [11:15] Why he likes players from Indiana.[12:06] His experience at IMG Academy.[14:50] Coaching NBA players and what characteristics they possess?[18:28] 212 Academy- Why did he start it?[21:27] What do families need to look for/look out for in basketball academies?[36:09] Advantages of basketball academy vs. a brick and mortar school?[40:50] What should families ask academies to make sure they are reputable?[46:50] Do D1 coaches care if players come from a basketball academy?[47:55] Misconceptions of basketball academies?[51:12] Biggest win as a coach?[53:03] Best player ever coached against?[53:36] Hobbies[54:37] Favorite movie Connect with John:Twitter | https://twitter.com/twotwelvesports?lang=enFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/212SportsAcademy/Website | https://www.twotwelvesports.com/Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/twotwelvesports/YouTube | https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKmGNAcOKday4VWa9APsSBw?view_as=subscriberConnect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJStitcher | https://www.stitcher.com/show/prep-athletics-podcastGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw
Jun 21 2021
56 mins
ESPN National High School Basketball Scout Adam Finkelstein
Adam Finkelstein is the founder of the New England Recruiting Report as well as a national high school scout for ESPN.  Adam has experience coaching at the D3 (Western Connecticut State),  D1 (University of Hartford), and prep school (Choate Rosemary Hall) levels.  In 2012 I reached out with questions to Adam about the prep school world and he was kind enough to take the time to lead me in the right direction.  In this episode Adam talks about scouting, going where the players are, his role with ESPN, and much more.  What You Will Learn:[2:00] Main takeaways from being a D3 and D1 assistant coach?[5:35] Biggest difference between a prep school player and a regular high school player?[9:24] Thoughts on pop up basketball academies as a scout.[17:00] How did the New England Recruiting Report originate and how does it benefit players?[21:50] How does Adam pick AAU and showcase events to go scout?[24:48] Story of seeing a special player not on a big time AAU team.[27:16] Role at ESPN and the perks that come with it.{32:20] Adam’s 10-year plan.[35:00] Best coach, Adam coached against while at University of Hartford?[36:26] Best player, Adam coached against at Choate?[37:03] One performance as a scout that stands above the rest.[38:02] Favorite movie[38:22] Hobbies[39:15] Podcast recommendationsConnect with Adam:Twitter | https://twitter.com/AdamFinkelsteinPodcast | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-upside-with-adam-finkelstein/id1033618066Website | https://www.espn.com/college-sports/basketball/recruiting/indexWebsite | https://newenglandrecruitingreport.com/Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/adamfinkelstein/ Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJStitcher | https://www.stitcher.com/show/prep-athletics-podcastGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3JzcwAbout Me Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.
Jun 15 2021
41 mins
Discover the Recruiting Secrets of a Prep School Coach Who Has Coached 19 Eventual NBA Players
Coach Raphael Chillious has coached at numerous programs during his tenure.  He played collegiately at Lafayette before coaching at West Nottingham, then onto South Kent.  After sending multiple players to the NBA and D1, he took his talents to the University of Washington.  He has also coached at UCONN, Villanova, and East Carolina before heading back to the helm at the South Kent School.  During his career Coach Chillious has coached 19 players who have played in the NBA. In this podcast he talks about how to be a good teammate, his secret to recruiting future pros, how to be a successful student/player both in and out of the gym, and much more.  What You Will Learn:[1:05] Why come back to the prep school level after years of D1?[1:40] Type of player he recruits for South Kent.[2:26] Background and why he chose basketball[3:09] What drew him to coaching?[4:00] His recruiting pitch and why it’s different?[5:50] His role at the grassroots level of Nike [7:30] Differences of coaching in a college program?[13:21] How he helped East Carolina land a Top 10 recruiting class?[14:35] What is he doing different this time around at South Kent?[16:38] Learn about South Kent[19:40] Earning college credits at South Kent.[20:40] Famous South Kent alumni[22:44] How did Covid affect placement of his players?[29:50] Tracking winners and the mentality.[31:08] Changes on the court during Covid.[32:42] What separates the players you coached who went to the NBA? [36:23] Thoughts on NCAA transfer portal[38:40] What type of player are you going to take on?[45:19] What change would you make to the NCAA?[47:37] Biggest win of career?[48:33] Best player coached against at the prep and college level.[50:06] Hobbies[56:17] Favorite MovieConnect with Raphael:Twitter | https://twitter.com/CoachChillsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/SouthKentSchoolWebsite | https://southkentschool.org/athletics/teams/prep-basketball/overviewInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/southkenthoops/Connect with Cory:Website | https://www.prepathletics.comInstagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_AthleticsFacebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthleticsEmail | coryheitz@gmail.comPhone | 859-317-1166Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast: iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJStitcher | https://www.stitcher.com/show/prep-athletics-podcastGoogle Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw
Jun 7 2021
57 mins

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