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Prime basketball DevelopmenT

Ex-Professional and CIS National Champion Michael Linklater founded Prime Basketball Development. The company was created to teach basketball players what it takes to become a champion, on and off the court, through individual skill development, key concepts of teamwork, and classroom setting instruction. Michael understands the importance of teaching the game through first hand, practical experience, which is why all coaches will have college, university, and or professional playing experience. The amount of championships won by our coaching staff is incomparable to any other camp/clinic offered in Saskatchewan and possibly western Canada. With one Championship at the university level, three at the professional level, and numerous at the men’s competitive recreational level, the coaching staff knows what it takes to win. This is why the motto “Champions training Champions” is fitting to the goal of creating winners on and off the court.

  • To teach players how to become champions on and off the court through transferable skill development.
  • To help players become contributors to any team they are apart of by increasing their understanding of the importance of working together as one unit.


TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT SESSIONS

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Fundamental Skills Camps

Ages 14-18 going into grades 9-12

The Fundamental Skills Camp will focus on enhancing each player’s fundamental abilities and skills through intense competitive drills that focus on teaching proper mechanics and footwork. This camp will also have special guests each day to give participants a different perspective and insight to the game, which will help players “think the game”. This camp will help each participant become a more efficient player.

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Team Clinics

All Ages

Team Clinics are geared towards existing teams that want to acquire more advance concepts and drills for their practices.  Our coaches will help with developing individual skill plans for the players.

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Guard Camps

Ages 14-18 going into grades 9-12

Designed for the perimeter player, this clinic will focus specifically on guard play. Players will receive advanced fundamental training from a perimeter play perspective.

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Shooting Clinics

Ages 14-18 going into grades 9-12

Players will receive the proper mechanics of shooting with a high number of coaches to players’ ratio.  Form, foot work, release, free throws, jump shot, shooting off the dribble, step back shooting, shooting off screens, fatigue shooting, pressure shots, spot up, catch and shoot, and triple threat are some of the areas that will be covered during the clinic.

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Forward Camps

Ages 14-18 going into grades 9-12

Designed for the player in the paint, this clinic will focus specifically on post play. Advanced Fundamental Drills will be incorporated to this camp and specifically around the basket play.

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Senior Men's Clinics

This Clinic is designed to help the adult player who is currently playing in a recreational league and looking to further develop their individual abilities. Similar concepts from the fundamental skills camp will be implemented.

To book or inquire about training/development sessions please visit the contact page and send us a message.


“It has been a pleasure to work with Michael for the past 3 years. His accomplishments representing Canada in 3x3 competitions at the international stage are remarkable. He has a great basketball mind and plays the game with tremendous intensity and passion… great qualities that will lend well to his coaching career. To me, the most impressive thing about Michael is his ability to lead on and off the court. He is one of the great teachers of the game – doing it for all the right reasons. His great love for the game and his passion for teaching, will make him one of the best! As a player and as a coach, Michael possesses three ingredients: experience, knowledge and patience. The same ingredients that helped make him a champion as a player, will certainly help him to become a champion coach, while developing the next generation of champion athletes!”
— Ron Yeung Manager, Domestic Development with Canada Basketball

Coaches

Michael Linklater (Owner/Head Coach)

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Michael Linklater has helped take basketball to new heights in Saskatchewan. As team captain, Michael lead the U of S Huskie Men’s basketball team to its first and only CanWest Conference championship and CIS National Championship in 2010. After that season he played professionally in the International Basketball League. Michael has recently competed for team Saskatoon in the FIBA 3X3 World Tour, where he helped lead the team to win the America’s Qualifier.  His team advanced to the World Tour Finals in Sendai, Japan. There, they represented Canada and placed 2nd in the world respectively. The Team was then invited as one of only 6 teams in the world to compete in the FIBA World All Star Tournament held in Doha, Qatar.  Michael grew up in the inner city of Saskatoon and understands the importance of giving back.  He has passionately shared his motivational story to thousands of youth and adults across Saskatchewan for the past sixteen years. He is the founder of Prime Basketball Development, sharing his wealth of knowledge with youth interested in advancing their abilities on the hardwood. Michael is currently working at SaskSport with the Aboriginal Coaches and Officials Program. Michael is proud father who role models a healthy life style to his children and countless youth, by remaining drug and alcohol free.

Achievements

  • 2010 circle of honour sports award - athlete 
  • 2010 kinsmen sask athlete of the year 
  • 2010 city of Saskatoon police chiefs award for community service. (Biked across western Canada to raise money for aboriginal people with diabetes) 
  • 2010 CIS Canada West conference champions U of S
  • 2010 CIS National Champion U of S  
  • 2010 National tournament all star
  • 2014 head coach for teams sask for NAIG 
  • 2014 cbc future 40 recipient - voted people's choice winner.  
  • 2014 champions for the Americas qualifier FIBA 3x3 world tour 
  • 2014 2nd place finish at the FIBA 3x3 world tour finals. 
  • Currently ranked 18th in the world for FIBA’s 3x3 basketball. 
  • Competed in the FIBA’s 3x3 world tour all star tournament in Doha, Qatar 
  • Neechie Gear Role model 
  • Motivational speaker for 16 years. 
  • Has acted and preformed stunts in a number of different films. 
  • Drug and alcohol free his entire life
  • Played professional basketball in the international basketball league
  • Most importantly a Proud Father

Michael Lieffers (Coach)

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Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, and attended E.D Feehan high school until graduation. Spent one year on Lakeland College Rustlers before playing four more years with the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. Played with team Canada for FISU and Pan Am Games. Lived one year overseas in Kobe, Japan playing in the JBL. Currently still competing in the FIBA world 3X3 tour.  Basketball has taken Mike all over the world including: Canada, USA, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Turkey, China, and Japan. Mike is the youngest of eight children and looks to his older brothers and sisters for inspiration, directions and leadership.



Achievements
2007-2008
Lakeland - Rookie of the year
Lakeland - Record for most Offensive Rebounds in season
Lakeland - ACAC Record for most offensive rebounds in a season
Lakeland - ACAC 2nd place, CCAA 5th Place

2009-2010
Huskies - Member of National championship team.
Huskies - CanadaWest 1st place, CIS 1st place

2010-2011
Huskies - CanadaWest 2nd place, CIS 4th place
Team Canada - FISU Games Member – 2nd place at World University Games
Team Canada - Pan Am Games Member

2011-2012
Huskies - CanadaWest 3rd place
Huskies - CanadaWest Defensive player of the year.
Huskies - CanadaWest Second team All-Star

2012-2013
Hyogo Storks - Japan Basketball League (JBL)- League and playoff Champions
Hyogo Storks - JBL Playoffs MVP

2012-2013
3X3 World Tour - 2nd Place in North America, 6th in the World

2012-2014
3X3 World Tour - 1st Place in North America, 2nd in the world.
3X3 World Tour - All Stars

 

Réjean Chabot (Coach)

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Played high school basketball at Aden Bowman Collegiate in Saskatoon, sk. Won city and provincial championship in 2003. In his senior year in high school he was named Saskatoon City’s MVP in 2005. Played university basketball for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. In his senior year with Huskies he was a 2nd team Canadawest all star averaging 21.5 ppg, 4.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists & 2.0 steals. After graduating from the University of Saskatchewan he had an offer to go play pro in Germany, but decided to pursue his career in Geology. Named his dog Gilbert because his favorite player of all time is Gilbert Arenas.

 

 

Antwan Wallace (Coach)

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Antwan Wallace is from Southern Pines, North Carolina. Antwan has been playing basketball since He was able to pick up a ball. He played High School basketball at East Forsyth High in Winston Salem, NC. He played in the AAU circuit as a youth though out his summers all over the east coast. After high school Antwan went on to play college basketball at a Division II school named Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, NC.


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