JASON KENT (FOUNDER & PRESIDENT)
For nearly 21 years, Jason Kent has coached and trained student athletes at all levels of competition as a head coach and assistant men’s basketball coach in the NCAA, NAIA, AAU basketball and boys’ high school basketball. More than 20 of his former student athletes have moved on to play professional basketball.
Coach Kent specializes in recruitment, player development, mentoring, and strength & conditioning. By instilling hard work ethic, determination and discipline in his coaching and training technique, Jason is known for his ability to maximize abilities and propel students to their full athletic potential. Coach Kent is a Gold license USA Basketball Coach, partnered with the Jr. NBA and a Lead Clinician with Breakthrough Basketball. "My goal is to ensure that the athletes who decide to train with Next LEVEL 24 are developled into players who make an impact on their teams." Says Coach Kent.
Jason serves as the head coach for Next Level 24’s AAU boys’ basketball team and the NextLEVEL 24 International Team. Jason and his wife Anna have two children; Jayson and Janae.
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ANNA KENT (NL24 ASSISTANT DIRECTOR)
Anna Kent servers as Next Level 24’s Assistant Director and helps manage the organization’s day-to-day business affairs. Anna also servers as one of NextLEVEL 24's skills trainer who has dedicated herself on emphasizing on the importance of fundamentals in her training sessions, while enhancing a players’ basketball IQ and overall game knowledge. Ann is a former NCAA Division l student athlete, head women’s basketball coach and a 20-year veteran in college athletics administration, compliance and operations. "I am excited to have my Anna apart for our program and her experience, organization and her drive to help other is a quality that will enhance everything we do here at NextLEVEL 24," says Coach Kent.
Anna played and graduated from West Virginia University where she help lead her team to the Sweet 16 and a number of victories throughout her playing career. Anna earned her B.S. and continued her education receiving a M.S. in Sports Administrations.
Anna is married to NextLevel 24 Owner Jason Kent and they have two children; Jayson and Janae.
JORDAN FAIR (HEAD TRAINER & CO- CAMP DIRECTOR)
The newest member of the NextLEVEL 24 staff, Jordan Fair is in his first year after having a very successful playing career at Wheeling Jesuit University (NCAA D2). During his junior season Jordan help Wheeling Jesuit University become the number #1 ranked team overall in the country! Jordan followed up his senior season with an appearance in the elite 8 of the NCAA tournament.
Jordan will take on the role as Head Basketball trainer for NextLevel 24 and will be working with athletes ages 8 to pros. He will also serve as Co-Camp Director of all NextLEVEL 24 Camps. “Jordan brings a lot of energy to NextLevel 24 and I am excited to have him apart of our program. Those individuals who train with Jordan will develop, learn, and become a skilled athlete,” says Coach Kent.
Jordan graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University with a degree in communications and is the brother of Owner Coach Jason Kent.
DIAMOND BEATTY (TRAINER)
The NextLEVEL 24 Family is excited to have one of it’s own to come back and take on a coaching and training role. Diamond Beatty was the first young lady to train to with Coach Kent and NextLEVEL 24. “Diamond will bring a wealth of knowledge to our organization and will play a instrumental role in working with our young ladies. Diamond understands what it takes to play at the highest level and will be a great role model for everyone she interacts with”, says Coach Kent.
Diamond played her high school basketball at Tinley Park High School. While at Tinley Park Diamond was a three-time all-conference selection, as well as a three-time team MVP... As a senior, averaged 19 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game...Scored over 1,000 points in her career, including 568 as a senior while shooting 44 percent from three-point range... Named to the All-Area team... Selected for the Class 3A All-Star game... Holds the school record for the second-most points scored in a single game with 40. Diamond earned herself a full athletic scholarship to Tennessee State University.
Diamond played all four year at Tennessee State University, Finishing her senior year as the team’s third leading scorer… Led the team in three-point field goal percentage (.358) and made three-point field goals (49) while ranking 10th in the OVC in both categories…. Ranked 15th in the league in steals with 1.3 per game… Averaged 8.8 ppg and scored in double-digits 11 times… Registered a career-high 23 points vs Arkansas State (11/19/16)… Shot at least 50 percent from three-point range in five games… Knocked down at least one triple in all but eight games this season… Pulled down 2.5 rebounds while dishing out 1.5 assists per outing.
Diamond left Tennessee State University with an Ohio Valley Conference Championship and a Trip to the NCAA Tournament. Diamond Beatty is a winner and a person who strives for greatness. Diamond graduated with her degree in Physical Therapy this past spring. We would like to welcome Diamond Beatty to the NextLEVEL 24 family.
KELLY JONES (TRAINER & BITTY BALL DIRECTOR)
Coach Kelly Jones is known in the community as Coach "KJ" and is the person who stays engaged with all of the young people on social media. Coach Kelly is a true asset to NextLEVEL 24 and in bodies what it means "No Success without hard work, sacrifice and dedication," says Coach Kent. Coach Kelly is a master of footwork and works with our student athletes who need work on their footwork. Coach Kelly works and oversees the NextLEVEL 24 Bitty Ball to 8th Grade Training programs over at the Matteson Community Center.
NextLEVEL 24 has been able to build one of the strongest Bitty Basketball Teams in the south suburbs and we have to thank Coach Kelly for all the hard work he has put into building the Bitty Ball program. Look for Coach Kelly in a gym near you as he looks to continue to build NextLEVEL 24 training programs and the Bitty Ball program.
Coach Kelly is married to Tiffany Jones and they have two children Cameron and Kaitlin.
JANNAH MAHMOUD (TRAINER)
Coach Kent would like to welcome Jannah Mahmoud to the NextLEVEL 24 family. “I am excited to have such a talented person and player such as Jannah to share her wealth of knowledge of the game with players who have the opportunity to train with her,” says Coach Kent. Jannah will be working with our post players, helping players improve their shooting and working with player on scoring moves. Jannah will also work in the marketing department.
Jannah played all four years at Robert Morris University Chicago, finishing my career as the leading scorer, leading rebounder, and leading in blocks during my Senior year…Averaging 17.2 points per game, 11.7 rebounds per game, and 2.7 blocks per game. Ranking 1stin the country in Offensive Rebounds per game (5.83), 4th in the country in rebounds per game, 5thin the country in total block and blocks per game, and 7th in the country in total rebounds (339). Registered career high 41 points against a 13th ranked Olivet Nazarene University. Shot around 49% from the field for the season. 3rd in the country for Double Doubles, registering 20 of them for the season. Helping team to playoffs 3 of four years and making it to the National tournament my freshman year. Earning CCAC Second Team All-Conference my junior year at RMU and Earning CCAC First Team All-Conference my Senior Year. Also, named an NAIA All- American my senior year. Jannah scored over 1,000 points during her college playing career.
Jannah graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.
MOLLY FRANSON (TRAINER & Business Manager)
Molly Franson - Coach Kent is excited to announce Molly Franson has joined the NextLEVEL 24 staff after completing a successful college-playing career at the University of Tampa. Franson is the second player who has trained under Coach Kent and returned to work for NextLEVEL24 with Diamond Beatty being the first.
“Molly has had a number of victories throughout her collegiate career and will play a major roll in developing our girls basketball division here at NextLEVEL 24,” says Coach Kent. When one looks at Molly’s basketball resume the will see that she was SSC Commissioner’s Honor Roll her junior even without playing that year due to being a medical redshirt in her first season at Tampa. While at Northern Kentucky she appeared in 32 of 33 games for the Norse, earning four starts on the year…Played in 15.4 minutes per game, averaging 6.3 points per game as she shot 41.9 percent from the field…Hauled in 81 rebounds, dished out 27 assists, blocked 16 shots, and picked up eight steals during her sophomore season…Scored a season-high 16 points and brought down eight rebounds against Robert Morris (11/29)…Scored double-digit points in back-to-back games against Cleveland State (3/10) and Valparaiso (3/11)…Recorded a double-double in the season finale against USC Upstate as she scored 12 points and grabbed 12 rebounds…Shot perfect from the field in five games during the year.
As a freshman at Northern Kentucky Molly Saw action in 28 games...Averaged 3.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game...knocked down 70.4 percent (38-for-54) of her attempts from the free-throw line...blocked 10 shots and recorded nine assists and eight steals...scored a game-high 14 points on 5-for-8 shooting from the floor, pulled down a season-high nine rebounds and connected on two vital free throws to help NKU upset Stetson in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship semifinals on March 11.
Molly Graduated and played at Victor J. Andrew High School, where she played for coach Bob Martz and led the Thunderbolts to a 17-11 record during the 2013-14 season…Averaged 14.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a senior…Dished out 52 assists and collected 29 steals in her final season…Shot 56.6 percent from the field and 47.4 percent from 3-point range as a senior…Earned All-Conference and fourth-team All-State honors for her performance on the court in her final season.
Molly has her earned her B.S.in Business Management from the University of Tampa.
Marshall Bennett (Trainer)
Coach Kent is excited to announce Marshall Bennett has joined the NextLEVEL 24 staff after completing a successful college-playing career at the University of Pikeville. Marshall was a 6’6” guard forward who was hard to guard as a player. Marshall has worked NextLEVEL 24 summer camps and has played on the NextLEVEL 24 summer Pro-Am team.
I know this was a great hire for us and I can see Marshall having a huge roll in taking NextLEVEL 24 to new platforms,” says Coach Kent. Other than training Marshall will be taking the lead on developing NextLEVEL 24 Leagues and running various clinics.
Marshall has received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Pikeville and will be working mainly out of Matteson location.
JAMES BUCKLEY (TRAINER & HIGH SCHOOL ELITE COACH)
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