The Emerald City Basketball Academy recently opened a new facility in north Kent. COURTESY PHOTO

The Emerald City Basketball Academy recently opened a new facility in north Kent. COURTESY PHOTO

Youth basketball academy opens in Kent

Emerald City club finds new multisport location

  • Thursday, December 19, 2019 2:56pm
  • Sports

A nearly two-decade old youth basketball academy has a new home in Kent.

Emerald City Basketball Academy, founded in 2000 by Jasen Baskett, opened in late October a multisport facility at a former warehouse in north Kent, 19441 66th Ave. S., just north of the Boeing Space Center.

Baskett started the academy at the former Queen Anne High School in Seattle. When that gym was torn down for condos, he moved to another Seattle site and later to the eastside of Seattle. When that lease ended, Baskett and a partner found the new site in Kent that opened this fall.

Emerald City will maintain its focus on basketball, continuing to provide skills training, team training, multiple camps, clinics, tournaments and more, according to an academy news release. But in addition to basketball, the new facility also will support other sports including volleyball, futsal (a type of indoor soccer), rugby, strength and conditioning training. The facility also will be available on a rental basis for scheduling multiple activities.

The site features:

• Two indoor full courts plus two separate half courts for basketball, volleyball, futsal etc.

• Specialized basketball shooting cage with multiple shooting machines

• Weights and conditioning area with free weights, Vertimax and other equipment

• Event seating for well over 200 spectators (with separate lounge area and big screen)

Baskett has a degree in kinesiology (exercise science) from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, where he also played basketball. He wrote his senior thesis on the human kinetics of shooting a basketball. He is a former Nike shooting coach and an International Sports Sciences Association certified trainer.

Baskett has been coaching and training players for 25 years. He has coached his U17 boys and girls teams from the academy to over 50 national championships. He has personally coached or trained over 400 players who went on to receive NCAA or NAIA basketball scholarships, and has also worked with professional players including local NBA players Isaiah Thomas and Spencer Hawes. He also trained former NBA player Jason Terry.

In addition to running the academy, Baskett is the varsity boys and varsity girls basketball coach at Seattle Christian High School in SeaTac.

Fees at the academy include training classes for $110 a month; 30-minute shooting sessions for $25 a session; and semi-private sessions with Baskett for $200 a month. Fees to play on the academy teams vary. The academy also features elite travel teams that require tryouts.

Baskett is offering a coaching clinic on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to noon to help train basketball coaches for all grades. Coach Baskett will focus on coaching information that applies across all skill levels from recreation to competitive for a minimal charge of $35. The clinic will be at the Kent Commons Recreation Facility, 525 Fourth Ave. N.

Also

• Monday, Dec. 23, 10 a.m. to noon – Open to area rec league players grades K to 8th grade. Free. At the ECBA.

• Thursday, Dec. 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Winter Shooting Camp with Coach Baskett. Open to players grades 2-12. At the ECBA. Cost for the six-hour camp is $100.

Register for the clinics online at allcityhoops.com (no registrations will be taken at the door)


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@auburn-reporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.auburn-reporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Sports

Pictured: A Mercer Island High School swimmer competes in fall 2019. Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently announced the girls swim and dive season will be moved to “Season 3,” which begins March 1. File photo
WIAA gives schools option to delay start of prep sports until December

An updated plan moves girls swimming to Season 3 and makes fall cross country an alternate season.

Stock photo
King County announces $600K in grants for youth sports

On July 27, King County announced the recipients of the 2020 Youth… Continue reading

Betting surges at Emerald Downs even without fans in grandstands

Mobile, off-track wagering breaks $1 million on opening day

Emerald Downs changes opening day to June 24

Live racing to return at Auburn track but without fans

COURTESY FILE PHOTO, Emerald Downs
Emerald Downs announces revised 2020 stakes schedule

Racing starts June 22; first featured race Aug. 2

Emerald Downs to open for horse racing June 22

No fans initially at Auburn track; fans can wager from home

FILE PHOTO, Brian Liesse, T-Birds
T-Birds issue ticket refunds, exchanges for cancelled games in Kent

17,000 tickets sold for three March contests at ShoWare Center

T-Birds select 13 players in Bantam Draft

Seattle trades goalie Roddy Ross to Regina for three draft picks

Auburn Riverside’s Camden Heilborn to play volleyball at Western Washington

Will join sister Calley Heilborn at Bellingham school

High school stadium lights will go on across the state, including Kent and Auburn, on Friday night to honor the Class of 2020. COURTESY PHOTO
No-show season: WIAA announces cancellation of spring sports, activities

Due to the school closure extension, the cancellation includes all practices, competitions, tournaments and championships, WIAA says.

Emerald Downs still plans to have horse racing season in 2020

Horse training continues at Auburn racetrack