Southern California is without a doubt, one of the best places to play basketball at an early age. It's not just about the great competition, but also the number of trainers who truly want to help players succeed.
One of these trainers is San Diego State Graduate, Ryan Razooky, who has become one of the most talented up and coming trainers in the business.
Razooky, has made a name for himself in the industry, mainly via the internet. The hype is definitely real considering he's currently training multiple players from all age groups, including high school athletes, college student-athletes and professional players.
The SoCal native created 'The Hoops House' in 2016, a brand made for athletes to develop and become better players.
''I wanted to train more players every day,'' Razooky told VAVEL USA when asked why he decided to start 'The Hoops House'. ''The goal was to develop more players from the ground up & add more consistency to my training.''
The commitment is always there for Razooky. He has not only worked out top high school recruits in Mikey Williams and Jah Jackson, but also NBA players including Miami Heat's Jimmy Butler.
Ryan Razooky revealed to VAVEL USA that the first opportunity he got to train an NBA player was with Johnny O'Bryant, a former second round pick who played in the association (with the Bucks, Suns, Nuggets & Hornets) and overseas.
''I ran a camp with Cody Toppert (NBA Coach) and he was impressed with my teaching, delivery, and understanding,'' Razooky said. ''He entrusted me with Johnny (O’Bryant). Johnny came to workout for a few days and loved it. He called me a few weeks later and we’ve been working together for the past 6-7 years every summer.''
Over the years, Razooky has made a name for himself in the social media world, having more than 350K subscribers/followers across Youtube and Instagram.
Ryan Razooky has understood the real value of stepping outside the box and the importance of social media in today's game. He does not only train players who are pursuing their goal to make the league, but also influencers like Flight White and Whit3 Iverson.
At the end of the day, it’s never about the clout and always about getting better, since Razooky revealed to VAVEL USA that it’s the most satisfying thing about being a trainer.
''Seeing your students grow as players and people,'' Razooky stated. ''Seeing them fall in love with the process of seeking knowledge and improvement.''
'The Hoop House' is based in El Cajon, California, and has more than 200 players per week, 4 trainers, 2 interns and 3 volunteers, as well as over 30 weekly classes to provide the best for the youth.