What Separates Us

UnCommon Basketball,LLC and the College Prep Academy offers Athlete Performance Packages to elevate both the mental and physical growth of every client. We offer 1-on-1 private training packages, small group player development/clinics, and post-grad consultation and life coaching for sustained success. My holistic approach guarantees results utilizing Sports Psychology, Mindset Training and Sports Science Testing to guide each athlete to their maximum potential. My clients range from MS players seeking advanced programs to enhance performance, to dedicated HS prospects serious about playing at the College Level. All Athletes in the Academy will be pushed beyond their performance boundaries and become UnCommon amongst their common competitors. The Athlete Marketing Packages are personalized game plans built by a 20 Year College Recruiting Coordinator NOT a Recruiting Service. Our year round College Prep Program and UCExposure Camps prides itself on getting the UnderRecruited Prospect College Opportunities. Over 35 clients moved onto the College Level taking the UnCommon Approach in our first year!!!

"Be the next UnCommon Athlete to play College Basketball…"

Testimonies and Endorsements

Your College Prep Senior Showcase was the best event we have ever attended. The way you ran it was accurate to what College Coaches want to see in players. There were more Coaches in attendance to watch than any supposed similar Camps. Your layout gave every participant several opportunities to showcase their overall game to College Recruiters. My son (Austin) made the comment “Best Ever” Keep doing your thing so more basketball players will reap the benefits of your Academy.

Rodd Guillory
Parent of Austin Guillory
Prospect offered at the UC “Exposure” Camp

“Coach Russell Vanlandingham was a tireless worker that was always trying to improve his knowledge when it came to developing players at the college level. I am certain that any HS player looking to be in a quality program would benefit from being coached by Russ.   Not only does he have 20 years of college coaching experience, he understands what kind of commitment it takes to improve your game!”

Todd Wright
ormer University of Texas Head Strength and Conditioning Coach + current Philadelphia
76er’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach

Coach V gave me insight on the little things scouts look for on visits. He stayed on me constantly about leadership traits that I must control at all times to beat the odds. His Academy pushed me to my maximum potential and his guidance throughout the recruiting process was critical. Coach V is a great resource for under the radar recruits in our Region and truly cares about the players.

John mann
John Jay class of 2019
college signee at bethal College


You have no idea how much you inspired a lot of athletes when you Coached at OLLU. I miss the times we had together and playing for you. Thank you for believing in me and everything you have done to help me grow. I am currently playing professionally and doing really well. You pushed me to grow as a person not just a player and for that I am forever grateful. Keep changing life’s Coach!

Robert Martinez - 2 Time All american at ollu


“Coach V has a passion for Basketball and the knowledge to prepare and to transform players into winners. He has been a winner at the college level as both a head coach and assistant
coach, and takes the good player and gets them to compete at their highest level.

Blue Zertuche
Texas Hoops Scout/Evaluator


Russell "Coach V" Vanlandingham designed the College Prep Academy and UCExposure Camps to elevate performance, train the mindset, improve recruitment, and offer an alternative option to the 5 on 5 showcases where players showcase selfish habits. The “Uncommon” Athlete will learn 5 key strategies in Marketing the Athlete as seen through a recruiting coordinators perspective. Staying “Common” and comfortable will result in prospects relying on talent alone and only a small % have that luxury. Recruiting services provide accessible profiles while UnCommon Basketball, LLC builds personal game plans for the individual client. Player rankings identify talent, 5 on 5 showcases promote 1 on 1 players, but the Uncommon “Exposure” Camps identify great teammates, great competitors, great effort, and great upside. All traits College Coaches ask me about when looking for their next recruit. Register today for the next “Uncommon” event or purchase a UC Athlete Package and go from an under recruited prospect to a College offer!!!

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