Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

September 12, 2013

Basketball skills academy starting up in Huntington

Aaron Snyder
The Independent

HUNTINGTON, W.VA. — A new basketball-focused training academy is bouncing into the picture in Huntington.

Elite Skills Basketball Academy & Fitness is teaming up with the HIT Center to provide instruction to area players and coaches. Elite opens up business on Monday at 4 p.m.

Frank Martin, a former Marshall University basketball player, founded the academy to help local athletes enhance their games.

“The academy will teach, from beginners and up, the correct way to dribble, pass, shoot …” Martin said. “… We want to teach the proper technique on the court.”

As of right now, workouts will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays. Areas of focus will include ball handling, shooting, passing, defense, footwork, sportsmanship and much more.

Martin said he has been training young basketball players for years. He has coached at Huntington St. Joe and recently coached the D-I Greyhounds to a No. 6 national ranking.

The academy, located on Fifth Ave., is for ages 6 and up.

Private lessons and team lessons will also be available upon request.

Visit www.elite-skills-basketball-academy.com for more information. Those interested may also contact Frank Martin at frank@elite-skills-basketball-academy.com or (304) 412-9175.