We had the good fortune of connecting with Jeff Christensen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jeff, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The people we have surrounded by us. From the coaches working with the players to the families entering the program, everyone is bought in to the culture of long-term development and supporting each other for the greater good. Everyone involved is here for the right reasons, and we couldn’t be happier spending every day with such caring, supportive, and positive people.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Upon finishing my playing career, I jumped right in to coaching, first getting involved in what is now the NBA G-League, then heading back to Norway where I finished my playing career. That is where my passion really took off for the youth basketball development side of things. The role with the Norwegian Basketball Federation was to help in building domestic basketball talent and basketball development projects, which included, among other things, coaching various club, regional, and national teams. From Norway, I moved to Turkey to assist in the development of what is now the NBA’s Basketball School program, and that led to multiple other projects and player development programs that took me all over the world. With the NBA, I’ve helped with projects in Turkey, Spain, Italy, Russia, England, Dubai, Brazil, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, and more. During this time, we would run Showcase Basketball trainings and camps during the off-season back in the USA, but knew we wanted to take the program full-time. Upon completing a project for the NBA in the Philippines in 2016, we started the program in Burbank, and never looked back. Branching off and turning down various long-term, more stable opportunities with the NBA and select college teams early on was very difficult, but we knew we had something special and wanted to see it through. We’ve been very fortunate for the people we have supporting us, and couldn’t have asked for better kids to work with.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The families and coaches who support our program. We have a very high percentage of people who joined us from the beginning and never left. It’s not easy going against the norm and trying to change the mentality of youth basketball, but we have been able to pursue that goal due to the families sticking around and supporting that shared vision, through thick and thin. In addition, having a staff who is routinely turning down offers to coach at much higher levels speaks volumes about their care and selflessness. It’s a true blessing to have the people we do driving us forward.

Website: www.showcasebasketball.com
Instagram: @showcase_bball / @christensenjeff
Twitter: @showcase_bball @christensen_12
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSKmH2YdSqH5V6Iec5TK7Qw

Image Credits
Jacob Gonzalez Austin Sosa

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