BEST MISSION STATEMENT
Basketball’s Effective Shot Training instructs, evaluates, and develops players at all levels in the offensive fundamentals of basketball, utilizing individual attention from qualified instructors. While improving and correcting each student’s shot and footwork at game-speed, B.E.S.T. teaches players how to train at game-speed so they are confident, mentally strong, and more successful in competition. B.E.S.T. encourages students to use their God-given talents to the best of their abilities through discipline, teamwork, and hard work. These qualities are developed through specific individual weekly workouts which teach both the basketball skills and the desired traits. B.E.S.T. believes these learned traits are essential to leading successful lives on the court, at school, and in the world. Recognizing God’s calling, B.E.S.T. seeks to honor Him in all that it says and does. While delivering excellent instruction, B.E.S.T. views basketball as a platform to serve God and strives to spread the good news of Jesus Christ through word, action, and attitude.
BEST Shooting School is the Midwest Leader in Shot and Footwork Fundamentals. BEST has taught over 30,000 students, from Elementary School to the NBA, the mechanics of the “perfect stroke.” We combine vigorous weekly training sessions and assignments, one-on-one Instructor to Student training, and workouts designed to fit the individual needs of a player or team to help athletes of all ages be their BEST.
Students are asked to complete weekly assignments. Learning is a requirement. This learning experience stretches over multiple weeks of intense schooling. The instructors drill the proper fundamentals of the shot, shooting the shot effectively in game situations, and becoming a real offensive threat. Assignments are then given to students so they can master these shots. Read testimonials given by coaches, players, and parents about how B.E.S.T. has impacted them and their players.
At BEST Shooting School we teach the students the:
Proper stroke pattern that results in proper lift and consistency of the shot (ball above bicep, wrinkle in wrist, butt behind heels, weight to rim).
Correct timing of the stroke (toes, first two fingers).
Proper hand placement (catch, snap, finish).
Footwork fundamentals from balance step to snap (feet finished when the basketball touches the hands, low to lower from pass to catch).
Shooting the basketball with consistent footwork and stroke at ever increasing game speeds (elementary, middle school, high school, all-conference, all- state, all-American, professional).
BEST Shooting School prides itself on having instructors that embody the character of the BEST Mission Statement both on and off the court. Each instructor instructs, evaluates, and develops players and teams of all skill levels in the offensive fundamentals of basketball.
BEST 1, 2, or 3-Day Clinics -
Please contact us to schedule an instructor to do a clinic for your team.
BEST SUMMER SCHOOL COURSE -
Multiple sessions of intense training with a choice of different levels to fit the needs of each program and shooter. BEST summer school courses consist of weekly one-hour group sessions with one-on-one instructor to student teaching.
After a successful playing career at both MOC-FV High School and Northwestern College, B.J. went on to coach and teach at the high school level for nine years. Desiring to work with basketball players on a more specific and individual level, B.J. established the B.E.S.T. Shooting School in 1994. With its emphasis on individual attention and fundamentals, B.E.S.T. is one of the fastest growing basketball fundamental programs in the nation and now instructs over 3,000 students each year, ranging from elementary students to NBA players. B.J. also continues to speak at numerous camps and clinics in both the United States and around the world. His enthusiasm for the development of players remains the same whether he is working with a middle school student or a member of the 2008 Chinese Olympic Basketball teams! B.J. and his wife Denise have two sons, Kyler and Keegan. Some of B.J.’s more accomplished students include Kyle Korver - All-American, and currently with the Atlanta Hawks, Brandon Woudstra – NAIA 2003 National Player of the Year and European Professional, Deb Remmerde – 2003 Iowa’s Miss Basketball, Nate Funk – Creighton University and European Pro, Kelsey Bolte – Iowa State Cyclones, All-Big 12, and Michael Gesell – South Sioux City, Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year.
After participating as a student in the B.E.S.T. Shooting School for many years, Brandon became an instructor in 2001. He was the Class 2A Iowa Basketball Coaches Association Player of the Year at Unity Christian High School, and later went on to lead teams to two NAIA National Championships at Northwestern College. At Northwestern, he was a three-time All-American, 2003 NAIA Player-of-the-Year, and is the career leader in points and assists. Brandon enjoyed a 6 year professional playing career overseas and in the US with stints in Iceland, USBL, Holland, and Germany. In 2004, he led the Dutch league in scoring and three-point percentages, as well as being the three-point champ at All-Star Weekend. In Germany with Bayer Leverkusen and ENBW Ludwigsburg, he was a three time BBL all-star and led his team to the cup final in 2008. Brandon knows what it takes to play at the next level and has a desire to pass that on to each one of his students. Brandon and his wife Kyndara have a daughter, Jaelye and son, Leyton.