Celebrate MLK Day at the Edge….. Edge workouts wk of 1-16


Monday at 5
Tuesday at 5
Wednesday at 5
Thursday at 5
Friday at 5
Saturday at 12 

preceded by shooting clinic at 10:30


 Drew Madiyag was scrimmaging in my gym last week and made a great move: someone came up to set a screen and he went the opposite way from the screen, a very high level read of the D. The defender has overcomitted toward the screen so Drew just went the other way, unimpeded.

I said to him: “Nice adjustment”. He replied: “PGU”.
Yeah, I taught him that maneuver last spring when he came to PGU. Drew is a big-time talent: fast, quick, can pass and shoot it. But even if you are athletically gifted, when you get to high school you better be packing some Bball IQ if you want to stand out.
At PGU I supply the IQ. We work extensively on screen/roll; pick and pop;pick and kick; penetrate and dish;full court reads and advancing the ball ahead on the break; skip passes; L-cuts; give and go; floaters; 2v1 fakes and reads; splitting a double team; entry passes; post ups and swim moves; no looks; backdoors. 
In short, a plethora of skills that will take your game to the next level(hate that cliche but it’s apropos here).
If you hope to play in high school (it’s hyper-competitive these days) you should definitely join my PGU bunch.
In the spring and summer I will do sessions for high school kids. Right now I can do 5th-6th graders in a group and a 7th-8th grade session. Boys and girls.
I need at least six kids for each age group. If you are a coach, bring me your whole team and we’ll get some work done.
Cost is $200 for five intense, one hour sessions. For another $50 you can get group for a month. If you’ve done PGU before, it’s only $125 with group just $50.
Don’t miss out on this game-changing program. Others (your comp) won’t.


Nic and Peter Ruess, 7th grade twins from Golden who go to D’Evelen, joined the proceedings on Saturday. Nic has quick, basketball feet and Pete sports some cool rec specs. They are in for the ride of their lives. 
Why? They’re going to get MASSIVELY better. This game is all about learning the right stuff to score the ball and everyone gets it in large quantities in my gym.
Two other newcomers made their debuts on Saturday: Will and Max Monroe. Will is a tall 3rd grader and Max is a tall 5th grader. Both came to shooting and group yesterday and both made incredible progress after one session. Dad, Brett, is a Denver firefighter. He may wanna pack some extinguisher in the car when these two start raining FIRE on unsuspecting opponents.
Jack Vernon came to shooting for the second week in a row and tells me he is on track to taking his 3000 shots to change his old muscle memory. He takes at least 100 shots a day. Good on you, Jack.
I gotta brag on the DR 4th grader girls Tom Doyle and I are coaching. We played at the high school yesterday and won 32-0. The score is insignificant. What was noteworthy is they were doing scoop layups full speed. Best of all they were PASSING the ball, playing unselfishly as a team. At that age it’s remarkable.
It’s not by accident that the girls are demonstrating advanced skills. Four of the girls were at group five days last week, had two team practices and played yesterday. Make no mistake: the amount of reps they got directly contributed to their success. 
Take pride in being a gym rat!



 I can take two kids for private training in January. Individual workouts are the fastest way to get up to speed skill-wise. Learn at your own pace and really master the high-level moves I teach. I have five and ten second packages.


Check out Fran Belibi, a 10th grader at Regis. She made number one on Sportscenter highlights last week with this throwdown.
Yeah, girls can FLY!


I’m off to see Kyle Lukasiewicz on Wed at AHS and Matteo Busnardo on Friday at Mullen. Matteo had a double double last night–18 and 10, averaging around 20 a game. Kyle is also averaging over 20 points a game. Both a seniors and did a lot of time in my gym. So fun to watch these kids become stars!
Emily Doolittle had her second straight game with 13 points and three threes. She is only a freshman at DR and is a shining light from my program.
How many times has she been at shooting clinic? Dozens. How many shots has her Dad and Mom rebounded for her: countless.
Here is Kela Reichwein, a highly polished 8th grader from Parker. She made the trek yesterday to get some Edge groove. 

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Everyone could use a Handyman  right?  Well, I’ve got just the solution for you for those projects that you’ve been putting off all year.  Now it’s time to start the New Year off with some things checked off of your to-do list. My stepson John Huber, Cheyenne’s Dad is just launching his Handyman business—FIXED.  I mean truthfully, he has been doing this for 10 years, but has finally made the leap to actually brand and market his incredible services.  John can tackle any project no matter how big or small and provides professionalism, customer service and state of the art work. Here is a list of some of the work he does:
  • Demolition
  • Framing
  • General Carpentry
  • Lighting
  • Bathroom Remodel
  • Window Covering Installation
  • Floor Covering Installation
  • Landscaping-including pond creation & repair
  • Tree and stump removal
Just to mention a few….
Here is a link to his facebook page.
 I have his business cards with me, so hit me up at Group, or contact me directly and I’ll put you in touch with John.  He is currently doing a complete remodel of a rental property and it is amazing. My house would be in shambles without John.
Here is a picture of the pond he built.
















I’ve got the movie and the book of the week for you.









The movie is Nocturnal Animals starring Amy Adams and Jake Gylenhall. Part thriller, part meditation on the difficulty of modern relationships. Compelling and engrossing and I have a major crush on Amy.
The book is A MAN CALLED INTREPID which details the British Spy service during WW2. Fascinating. If you are a WW2 buff this is essential reading.

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I just dropped my first novel PEOPLES CHOICE which you can find on Amazon. It is a comic mystery set in the fictional town of Peoples Arizona. PC has a baffling whodunit; big, laugh out loud laughs, barmy, eccentric characters and an intrepid, albeit reluctant and somewhat out of his depth hero, Jud Barber, a callow highway patrolman whose life gets real complicated in his sleepy burg.
Warning: it is not for kids. It contains adult themes and colorful language.
If you are a reader who enjoys a compelling, breathless yarn or just wants to get some insight into what makes Mike tick (good luck with that), treat yourself to a copy of PEOPLES CHOICE and you will not regret it. 
If you think Mike (I’ve found myself referring to myself in the third person lately–I don’t consider myself a big deal–not yet anyway) is pretty funny in his newsletters and demonstrates playful, side-splitting banter in the gym, you are in for a WHOLE OTHER LEVEL of wit and keen insight in Mike’s debut novel (FULL DISCLOSURE I have penned twenty-five screenplays–I am hardly a neophyte). Mike can turn a peerless phrase at the drop of a hat not that I’ve dropped any lately, hats not phrases. The phrases flow like the Amazon River.
Enough badinage: hark to Amazon (the wholesaler not the river) and one click will change your outlook on life. Mike needs your affirmation to say nothing of your $4.99.

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