Next Level Elite Basketball

"Next Level Elite doesnt spend their time recruiting 5 star talent, instead we spend our time preparing to beat 5 star talent. We aren't looking for the cream of the crop, instead we focus on developing our crop into cream"


Julian Walker

Hometown : Houston Texas

Age: 24

NLE: Co Founder/  Coach

Occupation: Entrepreneur/ Business Owner

High school Career and Accolades : Coach Walker graduated from Manvel High School in 2012, he lettered in 4 varsity sports (football, basketball, track, baseball) in his four year tenure at Manvel. Coach Walker was a football standout playing quarterback for the state runner up Mavericks. In his senior year he was awarded an all state honorable mention, 2 time Houston area player of the week, New Comer of the Year, and 1st team All District. Coach walker was also a 2 year basketball letter and a 2 year track letter, where he qualified for the State Regional meet in 6 events within his 2 years. After high school Coach Walker received a division one scholarship to play football at The Citadel.


College Career and Accolades : Coach Walker started his career at The Citadel after a red-shirt year he transferred to Hardin Simmons University where he spent 1 year before transferring to his alma mater Central State University in Wilberforce, OH. He finished his career by leading the conference in passing efficiency and completion percentage in his senior year. Coach Walker graduated college in 3 1/2 years with a BS in Psychology while boasting a 3.75 GPA.


Favorite Quotes:

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but it's the size of the fight in the dog"


" The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place and I don't care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard ya hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!"


Coaching Mission: 

To run an honest organization that teaches young men and women first, to understand the true meaning of what it takes to be a student athlete, secondly, to develop personally as productive and influential members of society , and lastly to teach them what it takes to be the very best at whatever they choose to embark on. We use basketball as a tool for life, I want to instill and develop the winners mindset of our players on and off of the court.


Chelton Skillern

Hometown: Houston, TX “Acres Homes”

Age: 49

NLE: Co-Founder/Coach

Occupation: Healthcare Business Analyst

High School: Eisenhower 1987

College and Accolades: Howard Payne University 1991

Played Basketball in 88,89,90

Texas Woman’s University MBA 2013

Favorite Quote: “Never let someone do anything for you that you can do for yourself”

Coaching Mission: To make a positive impact on & off the court to every player I touch.


Josh Morrow
Hometown: Palestine,TX

NLE: Physical and Mental Trainer

Occupation: Founder of Bodyntune Fitness

High School and  Accolades:  Westwood high school (4 yr starter football,track,basketball,baseball,power lifting. 3 yr State qualifier in track, football, power lifting, basketball . Westwood high school record holder most yards per game, most yards per season, most touchdowns
Howard Payne university freshman of the year. Football and track. Hold two records most touchdowns, 10.21 100 meter. National qualifier track

College and Accolades:  University of Texas football/track walk on scholarship. Bachelor in sports medicine and civil engineering.
National football league member

Favorite Quote: I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me
God, love, heart and mind.

Coaching Mission: Establishing the vision that you may achieve anything that you place in your heart and mind. Through the love from God and the love from you. I will LOVE all of YOU!!!!!


Ken Miller

Hometown: Houston, TX

NLE: Girl's Coach

Occupation: City of Houston License Electrical Supervisor for Traffic Signals and Engineering Dept.

High School and Accolades: James Madison High School; Letterman basketball and football "Playground Legend"

College and Accolades: Texas Southern University ,Alvin Jr. College and H.C.C

Favorite Quote: " The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in times of comfort and convenience... but where he stands in times of challenges and controversy.~Martin L. King"

Coaching Mission: To challenge these young players to become all they can be, while helping them develop their skills ans increase their I.Q.  of the game.


Jordan Perry

Hometown: Houston Texas

Age: 25

NLE: Coach/Social Media

Occupation: Financial Analyst

High school Career and Accolades: Coach Jordan graduated from Westfield High School in 2012, he lettered 3 years in academics and varsity sports (Basketball).


College Career and Accolades: The University of Texas at San Antonio 2016

The Texas Southern University MSHA anticipated gradation May 2018 

Favorite Quotes:

"No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up, and never give up"


" I am gonna show you how great I am!"


Coaching Mission: 

Teach these young men and women life lessons through the game of basketball.


Ashantee Harrison

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Age: 25

NLE: Marketing/Administration/Media

Occupation: Executive Assistant/ Marketing Manager/Entrepreneur

High School and Accolades: Manvel High School Class of  2012

Track , Tennis and Photography

College: UTSA

Favorite Quote: "If you want something you never had, you have to do something you've never done."

" If you could be anything in this world, be yourself!"

Coaching Mission: To Encourage, Support & Motivate Each player to be the best they can be. 


Demetrius Blair

Hometown: Houston, Tx

Age: 37

NLE: Middle School Coach

Occupation: 8th grade Coach

High School: Willowridge H.S

College: Sam Houston/ UT Tyler

Favorite Quote: "Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard!"


Jacob Lewis

Hometown: Houston,TX

Age: 41

NLE: Middle School Coach

Occupation: 7th ELA/Writing Teacher

High School: Willowridge High School

College: West Virginia Tech University Member of Men's Basketball team 1997 - 2000

Favorite Quote: "Without Struggle there can be no Progress"

Coaches Mission: My mission is to get the most out the God given talent each young man possess, along with teaching them how to use it in life.


Shawn Lacy

Hometown: Houston,Tx.

Age: 39

NLE: 17u Head Coach

Occupation: Teacher/Coach

High School: Life Christian Academy...4yr starter, 10 in Houston in assist (2yrs)

College: San Jacinto College, McNeese St. University (Walk on athlete at both schools)

Favorite Quote:

"Your rewards in life will always be in exact proportion to your contribution or service"

"To give children the mental fortitude to accomplish any mission"


Seth Upthegrove

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Age: 18

NLE: Elementary Boys Coach/Media Team

Occupation: Student

High school and Accolades: Clements HS; Texas All-State Musician, Honor Roll Student, Numerous Leadership Positions in extracurricular organizations

College: University of Oklahoma class of ‘22; TBD

Favorite quote: "Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard."

Coaching mission: To teach our players positive character, leadership skills, and work ethic, and how these traits can be applied to basketball, academics, and any other aspect of their lives.