Our Team

“I firmly believed there was a more efficient way to enhance the fundamentals and physical strength of each player. I researched and explored and ultimately discovered that we could accelerate players' growth by combining what we knew about the body, the brain, and basketball skill development. We could teach players how to communicate with their bodies in an efficient and correct manner.”

-Brandon Payne

 
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Brandon Payne

Founder/ NBA Skills and Performance Trainer

Brandon Payne is the founder of Accelerate Basketball and Accelerate Basketball Online, an unprecedented resource that allows aspiring basketball athletes all over the world to train like 3x NBA champion and 2x MVP, Stephen Curry. Payne began crafting his 10-point basketball player development philosophy while coaching at Wingate University.

Payne started using innovative techniques to position athletes to get better, faster. In 2009, he launched Accelerate Basketball. Since its conception, Payne has worked with his staff to develop youth basketball training programs throughout the Carolinas and opened his facility to groups of athletes from all over the world.

Payne has personally trained over 100 NBA, WNBA, and foreign professional athletes, including 3x NBA champion and 2x MVP Stephen Curry. Since 2011, he has worked diligently as Curry’s professional skills trainer and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, CBSSports.com, Bleacher Report, NBA TV, and many other media outlets. Payne continues to help Curry raise his game to new heights with the same drills that Accelerate Basketball Online provides to its users.

Payne graduated from Wingate University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management. Payne continues to provide exclusive coaching expertise to a growing roster of trainees in the professional basketball industry.

Eric Burnett

Performance Trainer

Eric Burnett joined the Accelerate team Fall of 2019 after coaching for the Mallard Creek Men’s Basketball program for 4 years. He also coached middle school basketball at Ridge Road Middle School for one year for the 2016 season. Burnett played basketball at Carlisle School in Axton, VA, and competed on State Championship High School teams throughout his career there. In 2006, Burnett went on to play at the Division ll level at Concord University in Athens, WV. In the 2007-2010 seasons Burnett transferred and played for the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, VA. Burnett was a solid defender, a true threat on the boards, and a terrific Forward who could get to the basket easily. 


In May of 2010, Burnett graduated with his degree in Sports Management. Even after college, Burnett was always involved with basketball in some capacity. Burnett volunteered with Boys ll Men Organization as a Youth Basketball Counselor (2008-2009), completed an internship with the Men’s Basketball program at the University of Lynchburg, and volunteered as a basketball coach for various age groups at the YMCA and Charlotte Mecklenburg Recreation Centers.


Eric Burnett loves the relationship he builds with the youth while sharing his passion for basketball and good character with them. He strongly believes basketball can teach many life lessons to many young athletes and uses the game as a tool to guide the youth in the right direction.

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Tijuan Griggs

Performance Trainer

Born and raised in North Carolina, Tijuan Griggs has had a passion for basketball since he was five years old. His dedication and love for the game led him to be the first freshman in the school’s history to start on the Varsity Basketball Team at Burns High School, where he played for four years. He was an All-Conference Player all four years and Sun-Drop Player of the Year two years in a row during this time. Through these accomplishments, Tijuan went on to play basketball at Clinton Junior College on a full-ride basketball scholarship. 

Tijuan has been the Head Boys Middle School basketball coach for the past 12 years at Charlotte Country Day School. In addition, he has been an AAU basketball coach for the past 13 years. In 2019, Tijuan started his own AAU Organization, “Team Griggs,” where he coaches and provides oversight to five teams.  Tijuan’s love for basketball is evident as he strives to instill the skills, drive, and love into his coaches' youth.

 

Why we love Basketball!

Looking Back

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Brandon Payne

I love basketball because… Of the countless life lessons, it has taught me. I love the relationships that have blossomed because of basketball. I love the places that basketball continues to take me. Basketball opens doors to life.”

Eric Burnett

I love basketball because… ”

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Tijuan Griggs

I love basketball because… I have seen firsthand how the game has given players purpose and a straight path to follow in life. It teaches fundamental skills that go well beyond the court to help players succeed in life. Basketball has introduced me to so many different people and the relationships that I have developed continue to push me towards being a better coach and person all around.