Legendary Beckley native and local grass-roots basketball pioneer Shane Maynard is now tapping back into his South Florida roots.
You may recall Maynard for his scoring aptitude and playmaking ability, which cemented his lasting legacy at West Liberty State (W.V).
Maynard ascended the program mountaintops at West Liberty. He wound up altering the perception of the lesser-known program, leading by action and example as a multi-layered scorer bolstered by his high-motor.
Now at 31, Maynard is remembered today as a guy willing to put his fingerprints all over the stat sheet, capable of dictating a game without the ball in his hands and crashing the boards unusually well for a guard.
After hanging them up for good, Maynard dipped his toes into the ocean and tested the coaching waters.
Having spent considerable time coaching at the JUCO level, Maynard grew in stature (and wins) at traditional basketball breeding grounds such as Massanutten Military Academy (Va.) and Elev8 Prep Academy here in sun-soaked Delray Beach, FL.
A player development ace, Maynard has devoted his livelihood to a year-round training schedule. The system is predicated on empowering the strengths of young players and eliminate their weaknesses, rectifying the little issues that make a tremendous difference.
While at Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia, the young assistant helped propel Frank Mason's maniacal rise.
Mason, the 2017 Naismith Trophy winner, fled from obscurity and suddenly skyrocketed into one of the nation’s most hotly pursued (and hardest working) recruits at MMA.
A lightly regarded recruit out of Virginia, Mason (now on the doorstep of NBA stardom) eventually committed to Towson. Marred by academic issues, Mason was relegated to the prep school option.
Mason never made it to Towson. Instead, the bullish and naturally gifted scoring guard thrived under head coach Chad Myers and Maynard. In the process, he established himself as one of the country's diamond-in-the-rough caliber recruits.
A number of "where did this kid come from?" reactions were elicited following Mason's memorable performances.
During his stay at Elev8 Prep Academy, Maynard was not only a major presence in player development, he helped mold the likes of countless Division-I players. The team earned national relevance, with back to back berths in the national tournament and several signature wins.
As a 6-foot-5, 205-pound guard, Maynard etched his legacy as one of the best guards at West Liberty. He scored 2,221 points in four years, eclipsing the 1,000-point milestone mid-way through his sophomore year.
Buoyed by the play of ultra-athletic Rodney Culver (Ohio), Damonte Dodd (Maryland) Ahmad Fields (Utah/Drexel) Tyson Jolly (Baylor), Terry Brutus (Ole Miss), Deandre Barnett (Miami/Ole Miss), Sandro Noel (Southern), Mo Abu Arisha (Jacksonville State) Jax Levitch (IUPFW), and a bevy of others, Maynard has molded a wealth of prep talent during his career.
Maynard was also instrumental in nurturing the development of NCAA players such as Rashard Kelly (Wichita State), Darryl Willis (Wichita State), Q.J. Peterson (VMI). The experience and skill-set factor both work in his favor.
Maynard ran the program as one would a college program. While sidestepping the selfishness and me-first individualism which tends to sully the scene (see AAU or streetball for more on that one), Maynard set his own mark and enforced it.
He placed staunch emphasis on team components. He preached defensive accountability with an iron fist.
"Coach Shane" enforced the we-before-me brand of basketball. Maynard's consistent labor both on the court and in the training complex was instrumental in catapulting players to top-shelf form.
Coach Maynard’s work also helped ready these players for the rigors of the Division-I challenge.
Maynard’s spanking new facility and freshly-minted program will take place in sun-soaked Deerfield Beach, FL. With a number of state of the art facilities, high-end living, and a highly-decorated staff of coaches and clinicians, Versatility oozes of promise and prosperity in sports-crazed South Florida.
“Versatility is a skill-set that transcends basketball,” said Maynard.
“It is a lifestyle we practice and preach on and off the court. We are a combination of elite academics, first rate facilities, and premier location.”
Cody Toppert, the former Cornell sharpshooter and once a reputable South Florida player development ace, envisions Maynard spearheading a successful and sustainable operation.
"Shane Maynard and Versatility Basketball check every box in terms of holistic player development," explained Toppert, a young assistant coach of the D-League's RGV Vipers, an affiliate of the Houston Rockets.
"They make you a better basketball player and a better person. Creating an environment rooted in the constant pursuit of improvement. I highly recommend the Versatility family."
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