Elite 1 Academy coaching staff combines the experience, and expertise of training and developing over 300 D1 college players, McDonalds High School All American players, and professional NBA players for over the last 25 years.
Our Elite 1 Academy coaching staff consist of International coaches and trainers, providing skill development at a world class level.
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Cody Toppert is an Ivy League educated, former professional basketball player, and Director of Basketball Development for ELEV|8 Sports Institute with a unique ability to enhance, teach, refine and impact the mindset and abilities of some of the top players in the sport.
Houston Rockets/RGV Vipers, Assistant Coach; McAllen, Texas 2015-Present
Cody currently holds the position of Assistant Coach for the Houston Rockets NBA D-League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. In his role, Cody serves as the offensive coordinator of the leagues second ranked offense (116.3 PPG, 20.5 APG), additionally working with the guards on their skill development. With regards to opponent preparation, Cody is an integral part of the team’s scouting and video efforts. During this season Cody has assisted with the development of Rockets assignees KJ McDaniels, Montreal Harrell and Sam Dekker as well as the development of NBA Call Up Jordan Hamilton. The RGV Vipers produced 2 NBA D-League All-Stars in Will Cummings (Rookie of the Year) and Raefael Putney.
NBA/Professional Player Development
Cody also served as the lead trainer and recruiter for the ELEV|8 NBA Pre Draft and NBA/International off season training program. Throughout his career Cody has worked with over 20 NBA players. Part of his duties with this included working closely with Agents, Scouts and players to ensure that each player is performing up to their potential prior to the Portsmouth Invitational, NBA Pre Draft workouts, combine testing, mini/vet camps, summer league and the NBA season. The 2013 Pre Draft Program included the preparation of Shane Larkin, selected with the 18th pick by the Dallas Mavericks. In addition Cody worked with 5 players invited to the 2013 NBA Combine, where Cody also assisted the NBA with BAM testing the Combine Participants. Of these NBA Pre Draft participants 5 players Cody has trained were selected in the 2014 NBA Draft. In 2015 Cody has worked with 11 players who participated in the NBA Combine. You can find Cody’s scouting report on the high profile players he has worked with at the link Scouting Packet. Cody has also done in depth team and personnel scouting which can be found at the link NBA Team Reports.
Cody worked with 2015 NBA Draftees D’Angelo Russell (#2), Myles Turner (#11), Devin Booker (#13), Cameron Payne (#14), Terry Rozier (#16), Justin Anderson (#21), Rakeem Christmas (#36), Dakari Johnson (#48), Cady Lalanne (#55) and JP Tokoto (#58).