Upside is coming to Wisconsin!

Returning to where it started, Upside Athletics is coming to Wisconsin this summer. I, John Nonemacher – the director of Upside, started my basketball journey in Wisconsin, playing college and summer basketball leagues with my twin brother. Coming full circle, we are excited to share the Upside knowledge with NEW Lutheran and Wayside schools in July. […]

Kalispell Basketball Camps

We were thrilled to be in Kalispell this week running a High School camp in the AMs and a Youth/Middle School camp in the afternoons. Here are just a few images from our time spent in the Flathead Valley. They were a great group of kids! Thank you to all the parents, athletes, and to West Valley School for […]

The Upside Program

John Nonemacher founded Upside Athletics in 2014. Based in Denver, Colorado, Upside Athletics works around the state to develop basketball players on an team, club, and/or individual basis. Additionally, Upside travels during the summer to offer condensed and informative camps and lessons. Check to see if Upside is coming to your town this year by […]

Interior Development

A largely forgotten part of high school, AAU, and youth basketball is interior play.  Whether it’s labeled post, forwards, centers, interior players or bigs, it’s a part of the game that is underdeveloped. First a couple common myths to debunk: The Biggest Player is the Center – First, some offensive systems don’t even use a “center” […]


Proper communication is a skillset.  It incorporates the ability to see the floor, know scouting reports, recognize trends, and brings a team together.  When evaluating players in games, proper communication stands out when done well and can separate players in 50/50 recruiting situations.  Any player who feels differently just needs to watch 4 minutes of […]

Fall Development

There are unique challenges facing a lot of high school basketball players today. From a loaded AAU schedule to being multi-sport athletes for their school. I wanted to share a couple thoughts on what players can do, physically and mentally, to stay on top of their game and not lose all the hard work they […]