Me vs. 7’3″ Akeme Smart!! Impact Basketball Training Update! (Video Post)

by Kenny Eller on November 4, 2010

Me, Akeme Smart, Matt Hiller (Impact Basketball)

Me, Akeme Smart, Matt Hiller (Impact Basketball)

It’s Wednesday night in Sarasota.  I’ve made it through the first five sessions of my Impact Basketball training.  The first three days have been so much more than I ever could have expected!  I’m loving it!

My Impact Basketball Workout Schedule

For the last two days and for the remainder of my time with Impact Basketball (through Saturday), I begin each day with a morning workout session at 8am that usually lasts until 11:30am or so.  The morning session has consisted of court work and circuit training.

Following the morning workout, I head back to the hotel, eat, take a shower and sleep.  Yes, I’m that tired.

I then come back for an evening workout that begins at 5pm and usually runs till 6:30 or 7pm.

At this point, ever muscle in my body, including muscles I didn’t even know existed…ACHES!  I am extremely fatigued physically, but my spirit and mind are strong!  I am having the best time and trying to soak up every bit of it!

A TRUE Basketball Education!

I came into this experience thinking I knew quite a lot about the game of basketball.  Matt Hiller, who has been gracious enough to train me this week, is BLOWING my mind with his knowledge.  He is showing me things I never even thought of on the court and with enough practice, if implemented in my game, will make a HUGE difference!  I mean HUGE!

I’d give more details, but MJ might be reading…haha. 😉

Me and Akeme

On Tuesday morning, Matt let me know that he’d bring in Akeme Smart to workout with me for my Wednesday morning session.  That turned in to me doing some one-on-one drills against Akeme and I was beyond excited!  All day Tuesday, anytime I would see Akeme or he would see me, one of us would say “Tomorrow!” as a call out to our upcoming battle. :-)

Akeme is 7 foot 3 inches and 19 years old.  He’s gifted with endless potential and has been at Impact Basketball for around two months, working on his game.  On top of being a great player, he seems to be a great young man.

The Match-up (Me and Akeme)

What I thought would be a short session with Akeme, turned into around an hour or more of shooting drills and one-on-one drills.  This was beyond cool for me!

The guys at Impact were kind enough to bring in the cameras and record the session!

To my surprise, when I came back for my night session, the video had been edited and was ready to go!

Without further ado…here is a taste of what I’ve been doing at Impact Basketball!!!

Impact Basketball Training:  Me and Akeme Smart (video):

*Special thanks to Matt Hiller (Impact Basketball-Director of Player Development/My Trainer for the week) for setting this up and Akeme Smart for agreeing to workout with me.  Also, BIG thanks to Tom Carollo (Impact Basketball-GM/Academy Director) for shooting the video and doing such a great job editing this for me!! So thankful!!

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Charissa Eller November 4, 2010 at 11:16 am

So cool! You made some sweet shots over that dude! A lot of people would be intimidated to play someone like that. I think it is awesome how you took advantage of the opportunity without a second thought!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller November 4, 2010 at 1:26 pm

Thanks Babe! It was a lot of fun! Can’t be afraid to succeed! 😀


Karol Gajda November 4, 2010 at 11:34 am

That was awesome Kenny! :)


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller November 4, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Thanks Karol! It was awesome! This experience is crazy cool! 😀


Sunil November 4, 2010 at 4:07 pm

Kenny, I am really proud of you. Well done, really well done!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller November 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Thanks Sunil! I appreciate it! :-)


Bob November 4, 2010 at 9:33 pm

That video has me sweating our next game of one-on-one! Akeem probably made you feel the way you make us shorter players feel. Tell him thanks for that :) The shot looks good, and your footwork and fluidity appear to have improved. Glad you are having fun! BTW, we watched the video on the TV and Ava kept saying, “Uncle! Yes!” when you would make shots. She also danced to the Bulls theme music. Excellent video, can’t wait to see the new game in person :)


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller November 4, 2010 at 11:01 pm

You should be sweating! 😉

Yeah, Akeem is a great guy. I’ll be sure to tell him :-)

I’m learning so much, that will just need tons of practice to implement into my game, but it’s amazing the knowledge level of Matt. It all makes so much sense, now it’s just about work.

That’s funny about Ava 😀 Should have recorded that, would have liked to have seen it.

You can get your first crack at the new game next week :-)


Shane Turk November 5, 2010 at 9:03 am

I agree with Bobby, Kenny. Your game is looking great! I am also looking forward to balling with you next week, and I have a few questions for you as well. Keep up the good work, and enjoy your last few days at IBT.


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller November 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Thanks Shane! I appreciate it!


krystall ralph November 7, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Akeem is so tall om my god hope he make the NBA team soon keep it up cousin akeem


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller November 7, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Akeem is the man! Thanks for stopping by Krystall!


Mike Barber November 9, 2010 at 9:20 am

Keep B-Ball’n and achieve your dream!


Kenny Eller Kenny Eller November 9, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Thanks Mike! Will do :-)


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