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Las Vegas' Abunassar Impact Basketball Founder Has 9 of the First 30 Players Selected in NBA Draft.

LAS VEGAS -- What does basketball development guru Joe Abunassar have that no other trainer in basketball has? Bragging rights.

After last night's NBA draft Abunassar could point to the fact that 9 of the 30 players chosen in the first round have been trained and developed over the course of the past 2 years by the youthful director and founder of Las Vegas and Los Angeles based Abunassar Impact Basketball, the nation's premier basketball skills development program and facility.

The players include:

--Randy Foye -- Villanova -- 7th overall pick

--Patrick O'Bryant -- Bradely -- 9th overall pick

--Thabo Sefalosha -- Italy -- 13th overall pick

--Cedric Simmons -- North Carolina State -- 15th overall pick

--Shawne Williams -- Memphis -- 17th overall pick

--Quincey Douby -- Rutgers -- 19th overall pick

--Renaldo Balkman -- South Carolina -- 20th overall pick

--Marcus Williams -- Connecticut -- 22nd overall pick

--Kyle Lowry -- Villanova -- 24th overall pick

"Obviously, these guys are great players to begin with, but in each case, I feel we have contributed to their performance in both their college careers and their preparation for the draft. It's something we are able to do for all players, of all ages, and something that will completely change the way people train for basketball," Abunassar said.

Maybe the most intriguing story is Balkman, the biggest surprise of the Draft. 6 years ago, after Balkman's 10th grade year, Balkman was on the verge of ending his basketball career when Abunassar took him under his wing and brought him to his program at IMG Academies, which he founded in January 2001. From there, Balkman earned a scholarship at the University of South Carolina, continuing to work with Abunassar in the off season, leading to his surprise pick in the draft by the New York Knicks, at number 20.

Over the last 10 years over 50 NBA players have turned to Abunassar to sharpen their skills and prepare for the NBA Draft or the NBA season. His complete approach to training has assisted in the development of many first round picks into long-time NBA players and all-stars, including NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups who said, "I've gotten better every year of my career, and now, I'm an All-Star. I have to attribute a lot of that to Joe and his training program."

The list of players reads like a who's who in the NBA including the Detroit Pistons Chauncey Billups and Tayshaun Prince, Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Tyronn Lue and Al Harrington, Atlanta Hawks, Jared Jeffries, Washington Wizards, Sebastian Telfair Portland Trailblazers, Dahntay Jones and Chucky Atkins of the Memphis Grizzlies, Ryan Gomes of the Boston Celtics, Melvin Ely with the Charlotte Bobcats, Monta Ellis from the Golden State Warriors, and dozens of other NBA and European Professionals, college and high school All-Americans and players of all levels.

"What we do is prepare the players for the NBA, and in doing so, speed up their transition from college and International play," said Abunassar, who started his basketball career as a manager under Bobby Knight at Indiana. "We make players better at all levels by covering every aspect of every physical and mental area of the game."

Abunassar Impact Basketball allow each player to understand all the necessary parts of improving on the court, educate each player on the importance of each aspect, and integrate the parts together to produce a player who is not just training, but "training smart."

"Two weeks in the program will completely change the way a player approaches his or her training and shape the remainder of his or her basketball career," added Abunassar. "Performance training, corrective exercises, nutritional knowledge and an understanding of recovery are essential keys to improving on the court."

Visit the Abunassar Impact Basketball web site, http://www.impactbball.com for more information about facilities and training programs.

Note to editors, producers, reporters and hosts:

Joe Abunassar is available for interviews to comment on the players selected in the NBA Draft and to discuss the preparation to be an NBA player that is needed for today's college athlete to make the transition to the professional ranks and succeed.
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