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PREP Athletics is a company that helps basketball players find the right fitting prep schools to help them meet their goals. This podcast features PREP Athletics founder Cory Heitz's valuable expertise and vast connections to share insights and stories about the past, present, and future of prep school basketball. It also features in depth interviews with prep school basketball coaches from all competitive levels. Cory is a prep school alum, former D1 player, and Air Force veteran. Learn more about how PREP Athletics can help you by visiting www.prepathletics.com, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter.

PREP Athletics Basketball Podcast Cory Heitz

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PREP Athletics is a company that helps basketball players find the right fitting prep schools to help them meet their goals. This podcast features PREP Athletics founder Cory Heitz's valuable expertise and vast connections to share insights and stories about the past, present, and future of prep school basketball. It also features in depth interviews with prep school basketball coaches from all competitive levels. Cory is a prep school alum, former D1 player, and Air Force veteran. Learn more about how PREP Athletics can help you by visiting www.prepathletics.com, and be sure to sign up for the newsletter.

    Navy Seal + NCAA Lacrosse Champion + Hollywood Actor - CDR Rorke Denver

    Navy Seal + NCAA Lacrosse Champion + Hollywood Actor - CDR Rorke Denver

    On this podcast we had the pleasure to speak with Navy Seal Commander, Rorke Denver. Rorke is a neighbor of mine in Colorado and we have gotten to know each other over the past few years. We both love dipping in cold creeks and have done so down the canyon in Cleark Creek. Rorke is a dynamo! An NCAA national champion lacrosse player at Syracuse, and defensive All American. We talk about getting into lacrosse by accident, choosing Syracuse, and nature vs. nurture. We then delve into the Navy Seals selection process and how to make it through. His famous team mates David Goggins and Jocko Willink are discussed as well as playing a Navy Seal in a Hollywood movie. Rorke knows how to tell a good story and has some great insight on playing sports at a high level, and being a part of an elite US special forces unit.

    What You Will Learn:
    [2:10] Why Rorke chose Syracuse University.
    [4:51] Natural athleticism and how he got so good at sports.
    [7:30] Nature vs. Nurture
    [9:27] Joining the Navy
    [11:53] Process for joining the Navy Seals
    [13:50] OCS - becoming and officer then a Navy Seal
    [15:07] Weeding out candidates during BUDS
    [18:21] Can anyone make it in the SEALS program?
    [23:00] Trauma – Is it necessary?
    [26:06] What kind of job instills GRIT?
    [32:31] Serving w/ David Goggins
    [34:42] Serving w/ Jocko Willink
    [36:04] What makes the US special forces the best in the world?
    [38:31] Energy in warzones
    [41:09] Challenge of combat
    [48:09] Being in a movie.
    [51:30] Dipping in the ice.
    [54:24] Favorite MRE meal
    [54:37] Worst MRE meal.
    [55:43] Best concert
    [56:03] Hobbies
    [56:17] Favorite Movie

    Connect w/ Rorke
    https://twitter.com/rorkedenver?lang=en 

    • 58 min
    Update on the State of Basketball Academies (Fall 2022)

    Update on the State of Basketball Academies (Fall 2022)

    This short podcast is a refresher on the basketball academy world. Each week a family asks me about these options, and I wanted to put out a current video on the present state of this world. As I always say, "Do your due diligence."

    Here are some links that are mentioned in this podcast:
    > Prep Schools VS Basketball Academies: What Are The Difference And Why Does It Matter?
    > Questions You Need To Ask Before Going to a Basketball Academy 
    > The Difference Between Brick and Mortar Prep Schools and Basketball Academies

    Connect with Cory:
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com Phone | 859-317-1166

    Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
    iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4
    Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw

    About Me 
    Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals.

    • 11 min
    High School Champ, NCAA Champ, Bronze Medal Winner, + NBA Champ Feat. Former KU Big Man Sasha Kaun

    High School Champ, NCAA Champ, Bronze Medal Winner, + NBA Champ Feat. Former KU Big Man Sasha Kaun

    In this episode we welcome High School, NCAA, and NBA champion Sasha Kaun.  Sasha came from Russia at the age of 16 to Florida Air Academy.  He didn’t speak any English.  Within three years he learned to speak the language, won a state title and got a scholarship to Kansas.  After winning an NCAA title he was the last draft pick in the history of the Seattle Supersonics.  He chose instead to play in Europe before coming back to the NBA in 2015 to play for the Cavs.  That was the year the Cavs won the title.  In this episode we talk about coming to the US, playing at a high major school, the difference between Euroleague and the NBA, LeBron behind the scenes and more.  

    What You Will Learn:
    [2:12] Why did Sasha come to the USA?  How he started playing basketball?
    [3:30] What age did you come to the states and what were your language skills?
    [5:34] What schools recruited Sasha.
    [7:03] Best part of playing high major basketball.
    [9:45] Worst part of playing at a high major program
    [11:15] What it is like winning a national title?
    [12:42] NBA thoughts
    [14:35] Going back home to Russia to play pro
    [15:49] Differences of playing pro in Europe vs NBA
    [18:00] Coming back to the USA and NBA in 2015
    [22:17] LeBron behind the scenes.
    [23:48] Most special win of Sasha’s career.
    [25:29] Best part of playing professional basketball.
    [27:16] Worst part of NBA.
    [31:28] What Sasha is working on currently.
    [34:27] Best player ever guarded
    [35:07] Hobbies
    [35:42] Favorite Movie
    Connect with Cory:
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com
    Phone | 859-317-1166 
    Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
    iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4
    Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw 
    About Me
    Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals. 

    • 36 min
    From D1 Assistant to the NEPSAC AAA to a Southern Prep School feat. Coach Nick Whitmore

    From D1 Assistant to the NEPSAC AAA to a Southern Prep School feat. Coach Nick Whitmore

    On this week’s episode we welcome Coach Nick Whitmore.  Nick is the son of a former D1 head coach and spent his college years as a student assistant at both Rhode Island and Boise State.  Nick then went to coach under Rex Walters at the University of San Francisco.  Nick went back to his home state to be an assistant at NEPSAC AAA school New Hampton.  After a few years he was promoted to the head coach.  Since 2018 Nick has been the head coach at the Asheville School in North Carolina.  On this episode we talk about recruiting at Asheville, being a college assistant coach/director of basketball ops, working in admissions, the difference between AAA/AA/A in NEPSAC, what a guard needs to play D1, how he determines playing time and much more.  I really enjoyed the conversation with Nick and hope you do as well  
    Connect w/ Nick:
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/NickJWhitmore
    Website | https://www.ashevilleschool.org/athletics/teams/boys-varsity-basketball
    Email | whitmoren@ashevilleschool.org

    Connect with Cory:
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com
    Phone | 859-317-1166

    Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
    iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4
    Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw 
    About Me
    Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fitting prep schools since 2008. Cory completed a post grad year himself before playing in a D1 basketball program, so he knows the pressures that players and families face when trying to get to the collegiate level. That’s why he started this podcast, which is to share his wealth of information to those looking to reach their college basketball goals. 

    • 44 min
    Playing at Prep School + For Your Hall of Fame Father, Coach John Calipari at UK feat. Brad Calipari

    Playing at Prep School + For Your Hall of Fame Father, Coach John Calipari at UK feat. Brad Calipari

    On this episode we welcome Coach Brad Calipari.  I have known Brad since I coached him at the Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington Ky.  He went from there to play at MacDuffie which is a New England prep school.  From here he played for his father, Hall of Fame coach, John Calipari at the University of Kentucky. He then transferred to play at Detroit Mercy.  After graduation he was an assistant coach at UK with his father before taking a job as an assistant under Coach Rod Strickland at LIU Brooklyn.  In this episode we talk about Brad’s decision to transfer to a prep school, playing under his father at UK, guarding eventual NBA pros in practice everyday, coaching, and much more.  It was good to connect with Brad again and hear his unique journey.  

    What You Will Learn:
    [1:56] Why was prep school right for Brad?
    [2:45] Why Brad choose The MacDuffie School?
    [3:55] How did MacDuffie prepare Brad for playing at the D1 level?
    [4:51] How do you compare the IQ of NEPSAC players to Kentucky high school players?
    [5:47] Best part about playing at University of Kentucky?
    [7:07] How did your Kentucky teammates get to the high level?  Was it natural talent or did they do it on their own?
    [8:16] What NBA advice did your father John Calipari give to players?
    [9:49] The most challenging part about playing at University of Kentucky.
    [10:55] Best part about playing on your father’s team?
    [13:36] Why Brad transferred from University of Kentucky to Detroit Mercy.
    [13:40] Biggest difference playing at Detroit Mercy.
    [15:28] Career high at University of Kentucky and Detroit Mercy.
    [15:51] Life on the court as part of the coaching staff at the University of Kentucky.
    [17:05] Transitioning from coaching at the University of Kentucky to LIU Brooklyn
    [17:49] Pitch for LIU Brooklyn.
    [19:46] How LIU Brooklyn approaches NIL deals for players.
    [21:09] Dynamics of NIL deals in the locker room.
    [24:25] Picking a player from public school 
    vs prep school.
    [25:53] Ultimate goal in coaching.
    [27:13] Best win of career as player.
    [28:25] Best player played against?
    [30:04] Favorite Movie
    [30:20] Hobbies
    Connect w/ Brad:
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/brad.calipari/
    Website | https://www.liuathletics.com/sports/mens-basketball/roster/staff/brad-calipari/65 
    Connect with Cory:
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com
    Phone | 859-317-1166
     Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
    iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4
    Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw 
    About Me
    Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the rig

    • 31 min
    Everything You Need to Know About NCAA Eligibility Feat: Holly Smith Abbott

    Everything You Need to Know About NCAA Eligibility Feat: Holly Smith Abbott

    On this week’s podcast we are joined by Holly Smith Abbott.  Holly ran track and cross country at Wofford University before working in compliance at the University of Richmond.  From here she went to work for the NCAA as the Assistant Director of International Academic Certification in the Eligibility Center at the NCAA National Office. She was responsible for validating and certifying the academic credentials of prospective international student-athletes from around the world. Holly has fifteen years’ experience in evaluating international academic credentials.  In 2014 she left the NCAA and started her own consulting company called, International Credential and Sport Advising LLC.  
    In this episode we talk about so many informative topics to include common eligibility mistakes high school student-athletes make, defining an IEP, appeals to the NCAA, the IB degree, translating international transcripts, and much more.  This is a must listen to find out more how NCAA eligibility works.  

    What You Will Learn:
    [1:42] College career as a runner and why she chose Wofford
    [6:53] What is the purpose of a university compliance office and what was Holly’s role while working in one at the University of Richmond.
    [10:15] Example of how the compliance office works with coaches.
    [12:43] Thoughts on the value of GPAs from different high schools since most universities aren’t currently accepting SAT or ACT scores.
    [16:57] Holly moving to work at the NCAA.
    [21:51] Current vibe at the NCAA?
    [23:08] Common issues seen at NCAA.
    [26:06] What is the NCAA eligibility center, and what does it do?
    [29:38] NCAA eligibility appeals
    [32:49] What classes can post-grads retake and why they might want to?
    [35:52] What is an IEP?
    [38:15] What is IB degree and does it matter in the US?
    [39:37]  IB in the US vs Europe.
    [41:40] Why and when should a student register for the NCAA student eligibility center?
    [45:26] Taking college credits during a post-grad year.
    [46:51] Advice from Holly to high school athletes.
    [48:49] Toughest transcripts from overseas to translate.
    [49:40] Holly’s thoughts on the NCAA and college basketball.
    [51:16] Holly’s consulting company
    [56:08] Favorite movie
    Connect w/ Holly:
    Website | https://www.internationalcredentials4sport.com/
    Email | hollysmithabbott@gmail.com 
    Connect with Cory:
    Website | https://www.prepathletics.com
    Twitter | https://twitter.com/PREP_Athletics
    Instagram | https://www.instagram.com/prep_athletics/
    Facebook | https://www.facebook.com/PrepAthletics
    Email | coryheitz@gmail.com
    Phone | 859-317-1166 
    Subscribe to the PREP Athletics Podcast:
    iTunes | https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/prep-athletics-podcast/id1546265809?uo=4
    Spotify | https://open.spotify.com/show/6CAKbXFiIOhoHinzsReYbJ
    Amazon | https://music.amazon.com/podcasts/3c37179d-3371-47f9-9d97-fd569e8802a7/prep-athletics-basketball-podcast #AmazonMusic
    Google Podcasts | https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80M2YwZTZkMC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw 
    About Me
     Cory Heitz is the Founder and President of PREP Athletics. He has been helping place players into the right fi

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

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Prep Athletics Podcasts

Cory does an excellent job providing content on all elements of the prep school athlete experience. A must listen if your an athlete or family looking to learn more.

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The Basketball Information Library

This podcast is the library of information for everyone with questions about basketball preparation, recruitment, routes to playing in college, and more. This library has expert-level information on every topic, and Cory’s hosting skills keep every episode just as entertaining as it is educational. This podcast is a resource to get to the truth about how the basketball world works.

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Prep is the best!

One of the best basketball podcast to listen too!

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