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Team Nikos partners with Darren Collison

Advising Team Nikos Coaches
Consultant to Team Nikos players

October 31, 2019

Team Nikos Basketball Announces Partnership with 10 Year NBA Veteran Darren Collison
NBA Veteran partners with Orange County’s premier youth basketball program

Ladera Ranch, CA—October 31, 2019 — Today, Team Nikos Basketball Academy announced a new partnership with 10-year NBA Veteran, Darren Collison. Collison will be the new Consultant and Advisor for the Team Nikos program.

“Darren’s professional NBA experience and knowledge will help provide the best overall youth and high school basketball experience in California,” said Steve Williams, CEO/President at Team Nikos Basketball.

Darren will be present at weekly practices and workouts to help our coaches, staff, and players by offering instruction and teachings, and inspiration to strive for greatness and effectiveness—all leading to positive results for youth basketball players.

Darren Collison played 10 seasons in the NBA for the following teams: New Orleans Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Sacramento Kings. Darren has received multiple awards throughout his career, including: NBA All-Rookie First Team, Third-team All-American-NABC, Third-team All-American-AP, Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, 2x First-team All-Pac 10, and Second-team All-Pac 10. Collison began his collegiate career as a UCLA Bruins Point Guard, staying close to home in southern California.

Darren will also conduct training sessions with his Pro’s Vision company, beginning Fridays in November from 3pm–9pm inside Ladera Sports Center.

“We are thankful for this opportunity to directly learn from Darren and his professional staff,” said Steve Williams. “This will help Nikos take another step forward to ensure greatness.”

Founded in 2007, Team Nikos Basketball is Orange County’s youth basketball program. The program offers Club Teams, Recreation Teams, Academy Training, Camps, and Tournaments year-round for boys and girls kindergarten through high school.

Orange County’s #1 High School “Feeder” Program




As our boys transition into the High School Program over the next month or so, I wanted to take a moment and extend a sincere thanks to our coach Chris Zeller! Coach you have been patient, understanding, tough, intense, and fun all at the same time. That is tough to do and very much appreciated.

Each player on this team has shown significant improvement under your guidance, and the team as a whole has really come together and had some amazing games! We are all very lucky to have had you working with our boys during this critical year in their development, thank you again for all that you do and have done.

And finally, I want to say congratulations to Coach Zeller for his well deserved Coach of the Month award in February! My apologies for the late acknowledgment but felt it was something everyone should know. I look forward to seeing you all this weekend, Go Nikos!

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Program Highlights

  11 Month program with included Academy 2.0 for the 12th month.
  1-2 dedicated coaches per team
  2 (120 minute) “The Academy 2.0” training sessions offered for the entire 12 months
  Performance/Strength and Conditioning Training offered within the Academy 2.0 program
  2 competitive tournaments per month
  Professional and experienced coaches and trainers
  Team film sessions/analysis throughout the season
  All coaches are screened by AAU, and are certified USA Basketball
  Pep rallies and team bonding events throughout the season
  Player evaluations throughout the season

If you are looking to join Team Nikos, not during a tryout period, complete the inquiry below and it will be our pleasure to evaluate your player and potentially extend an offer to join. 949-365-1212

“The #1 High School Basketball Preparatory Program”

Helping You Achieve Your Full Potential

Team Nikos Basketball Academy began running Club teams in 2009 when it was determined that kids participating in our Academy sessions needed more competition and challenge than what they were experiencing with local recreation leagues. We started with 2 boys’ high school teams in the spring of that year, and eventually added a 7th grade girls’ team. In 2010 the number of teams doubled from 3 to 6, and we have consistently grown every year since.

We now offer at least 2 teams at each grade level from 3rd grade through High School, with most grade levels at 3, 4 or 5 teams deep. We also have an 8U/2nd grade club team, making our program accessible to the youngest of competitive athletes. T.N.B.A has quickly become the #1 Club basketball program in Orange County!

8-Time AAU National Champions