We had the good fortune of connecting with Brandon Evans and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brandon, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My favorite quote is definitely “Because I can.” It’s a huge motivator behind everything I do. I train every day because I can. I have a 2 mile walk to work every morning while I’m in San Diego because I can. I help people become better basketball players because I can. I talk to my family and friends often because I can. Some people would kill to be able to even wake up and make their bed. I’m so lucky and grateful to even be able to walk. Some people never will walk again. Waking up is a privilege. Some people will go to sleep and not wake up. You never know when it might be your last day or one of your dear friends last day. View everything you do as a privilege and your life will change quite a bit I promise.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a basketball coach, I have experience working with ages as young as 4 all the way up to high school. I am still in the very early stages of building up my business and brand and that is why I am here in San Diego. The majority of my coaching experience was done through my old AAU team. I have coached a couple teams and done skills training sessions back in Illinois, I coached very briefly in Missouri as I attended Mizzou but it got cut off for COVID. Now I am in San Diego learning from one of the best in the business and ready to really hit the ground running with my business. What sets me apart is that I just care so deeply about the development of these people as basketball players as well as people. I care, so that means every time I step in the gym I am getting my reps in and refining myself as a trainer just as much as the kids are getting their reps in and becoming better basketball players. I’m on a never ending journey of improvement. A challenges I am in the process of overcoming is really finding my voice and confidence. It has improved SO much in just the few weeks I’ve been in San Diego, but not as much as it needs to. I’m taking full advantage of my opportunity this summer, so you’ll see me at The Hoop House in El Cajon basically all day and for sure 7 days a week. A lesson Ryan has engrained into me very quickly is simply knowing my worth, He has quickly instilled a ton of confidence in me and my work and I am seeing it translate to my training and attitude as a leader. If I had to tell something to the world about myself, it’s that I am going to improve in some way every single day and will never be complacent where I am. I owe it to my family, myself, and everyone else who has taken their time to help me in any way.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend visited, they would be spending their time at The Hoop House with me and the other trainers there the entire time. We’ve got awesome people coming in every single day. An environment surrounded by people who want to better themselves every day is much better than going out for some drinks. That’s me and my best friends opinion anyways, and that’s why we will succeed.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Family certainly comes first. I’m blessed to have such an unbelievably supportive family. My mother raising me as a single mother for the majority of my life, which is no easy task, especially in the state of Illinois (5th grade-senior year of high school). Worked all day every day to make sure I lived a happy life and to keep me in Illinois where I had all my friends at the time. We now live back where I was born (Fort Wayne, IN). My grandparents both serving as a backbone for the family. Always so supportive and help any way they can no matter what I decide to do. My grandpa unfortunately just passed recently, but him and my grandmother are both huge fans of basketball and make this entire journey I’m on possible, All that’s left to do for me is to be successful and make them all proud.

Bernard Middleton, my AAU coach for many years and essentially family at this point, for showing me everything about basketball and making me realize being a coach is way more than just being a coach.

Ryan Razooky, who is teaching me the entire business this summer in San Diego, for the knowledge and confidence he’s given me in just two short weeks. Cannot wait to see what happens the rest of the summer.

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Mohammed Alshaher

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