The Skill Factory // TSF
The Skill Factory, also known as TSF, opened in 2011 as a sports development organization in the Atlanta area focusing on basketball and volleyball. The-Skill-Factory trains athletes from the introductory level to the professional level. TSF runs a highly successful program called the Player Progression Pathway (PPP), an individualized plan for each athlete to help reach their highest potential. “The goal is to use our curriculum to develop players and improve their skills. While most grassroots programs focus on relationships and team oriented scheming, our mindset is spending time with players one on one and developing each athlete through individual improvement”, explained Founder and Partner Josh Burr. “We have a plan for each athlete from the time they’re a child until they’re a professional” he added.
TSF Partner Jeremiah Boswell joined in 2012 and elevated the basketball organization to another level. Boswell came to TSF with an impressive background working with the NBA. Today, TSF trains top basketball players all over the world. From top prospects preparing for the draft in the spring to current NBA players training in the summer. Four players in the recent 2018 NBA Draft came through The Skill Factory: Wendell Carter, Devon Hall, Vince Edwards, and Josh Okogle. Another group of TSF athletes signed summer league contracts.
In addition to training some of the top players in the world, TSF formed club and post grad teams to compete and develop their athletes against other competition. “Our club programs run from kids that are new to basketball to kids at the highest level of AAU”, said Burr. “We have athletes from fourth grade up to seniors in high school. We also have a post grad program for athletes one year removed from high school”, he added.
One of the top club teams is the 14U squad TSF Mack 2022. In June, TSF Mack 2022 won the Southeast Regional of the Jr. NBA World Championship in Spartanburg, South Carolina. “Our elite level teams are tied to an NBA Player. TSF Mack 2022 is a 14U tied to Orlando Magic PG Shelvin Mack. “Mack trains with us here in Atlanta and wanted to give back to the community”, said Burr. Head Coach William Whetstone and Assistant Coach Adam Gibbs will lead TSF Mack 2022 in August at the Jr. NBA World Championships against teams from different countries. Class of 2022 standout Bruce Thornton is a player to watch after averaging 19 points and eight rebounds per game in the Southeast Regional.
The TSF Post Grad team finished the season 44-6 and won over five tournaments this past season under Head Coach Rob Johnson. “We started the program for athletes one year removed from high school. Kids use this year as a gap year to develop”, said Burr. “Athletes come here to become better players while getting the academic requirements needed to play in the NCAA”, he added. “They play a full schedule from September to March living here with us in Atlanta” explained Burr.
Two years ago, JR. NBA recognized TSF as one of the 15 best youth basketball organizations in America. “Being recognized in this community for doing things the right way has allowed us to support their initiatives and be a part of their flagship network”, said Burr.
~ By Cody Butler