Next Level Basketball Performance Academy Founder and Director of Player Development
As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Scott began working with local athletes in 2001. With his basketball playing background and passion for the sport, Scott quickly began to carve out a niche doing speed, agility and quickness training for several high school and AAU teams. Based on his playing experience, he developed a unique method of incorporating skill work with the ball into conditioning drills to make preseason training more satisfying for the player but also more productive.
His team training methods led parents and players to seek him out for individual training. One of the first to do so was, at that time, a shy Freshman at Central Dauphin High School named Alyssa Thomas. Alyssa would go on to become an All-State performer at CD and would, along with Scott’s daughter Gabby (now on staff at Next Level), go on to lead them to the PIAA AAAA championship. Alyssa then went on to become a 3 time All-American at the University of Maryland and the 4th overall pick in the WNBA draft.
Through referrals and word-of-mouth Scott’s on-court player development program continued to grow until he no longer could do the strength and conditioning program he had started back in 2001. So, in January 2014, Scott partnered with Power Train Sports to do all of his athletic development training which allows him to devote 100% of his time to his Next Level Basketball Performance Academy.
Over the years, Scott has been fortunate to work with many of the top teams and players in the Central PA area. Several of the teams he has worked with have won state championships – Central Dauphin Girls in 2008 and the Cumberland Valley Girls back-to-back in 2014 and 2015. He has helped numerous players develop and refine the necessary skill sets to play in college and, for some, professionally. He has developed an extensive network of college and pro coaches that he regularly utilizes as resources and incorporates their training concepts and philosophies into his programs.
Scott is a true teacher of the game and focuses on solution-based basketball, using attack and counter, as well as read and react principles to develop more highly skilled, fundamentally sound players with high basketball IQ’s. His teaching methods focus more on substance than style which is what he feels has been the foundation of the growth and success of Next Level Basketball.
Alyssa Thomas , WNBA Connecticut Sun and 3 Time All-American at the University of Maryland
“I have been working with Coach Singer since I was in the 9th grade. He has played a big role in who I am as a player today. He has helped to develop my body, my mind and my game. When I got to the University of Maryland Coach Frese said I was the most college ready freshman she had ever coached. Coach Singer deserves a lot of the credit for that. Each year I was at Maryland he would come down in the offseason to check in on me, take in some workouts and talk with our coaching staff. Whenever I am home in Harrisburg I still get back in the gym with him. What he teaches at Next Level is exactly what’s being taught at the college and pro levels. He is truly an exceptional teacher of how to play the game.”
Steve Zack, Liepaja/Triobet – Professional Basketball Player
“I graduated from LaSalle University in May of 2015, and I was no longer going to be training at school in the summers so I needed a solid place to workout that would get me better for the professional basketball level and that is exactly what I found in Scott’s Next Level/PowerTrain regiment. Coming to his facility four days a week working on a different skill set each day really helped me expand my game. My jump shot was becoming more efficient from 15+ feet out, my ball handling was getting tighter, I was becoming more explosive and I was continuing to sharpen my interior game. Having said that when I got the call to go to Sixer’s mini-camp for summer league I had all the confidence in the world in my game from working with Scott and from getting stronger with PowerTrain. Everyday I used something Scott and I had been working on and when mini-camp ended I was extended a further invitation to play in the NBA Summer League with the Sixers where I played very solid for that week. After summer league ended I went back to Next Level to continue training till it was time to sign a contract. I ended up signing with Liepaja/Triobet in Latvia where I am playing very dominantly and being able to showcase an all around game that I worked on all summer at Next Level. I feel that I made the most progress this past off-season at Next Level then I have made in any previous off-season all thanks to the training/basketball knowledge Scott brings every day. “