A Kansas City Basketball Club Where Youth Programs and Development are Always in Practice07 Sep 2017, Posted by Opportunities for MOKAN players in
Kansas City has always had a personal connection to basketball. After all, the game was actually invented by Dr. James Naismith not long before he came to the University of Kansas. While he may have written the first rule book for basketball in 1891, he started the first KU basketball program in 1898, after being hired as a physical education instructor at KU. Back then, there weren’t many Kansas City basketball clubs, and most games were played against teams from neighboring YMCAs. Under Naismith’s guidance, the Kansas Jayhawks basketball team played against other nearby schools such as William Jewell College and Haskell Indian Nations University, as well as playing one game against a current Big 12 school, Kansas State.
Those of us who lived in Kansas City during the 70s and 80s can remember the Kansas City Kings, who called KC home from 1972 until 1985, when they moved to Sacramento, California. In the intervening time, the Kings hosted several notable players, including Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Tom Van Arsdale, “Jumpin’ Johnny” Green, Toby Kimball, Jimmy Walker, Sam Lacey, and many more. Originating in Rochester, New York as the Rochester Seagrams, the Kings went through a number of name and venue changes before arriving in Kansas City and, later, Sacramento. Unfortunately, the departure of the Kings marked the last time that Kansas City had a local NBA team, although many of us remain hopeful for the future.
The departure of the Kings certainly didn’t mean the end of basketball in Kansas City, though. After all, while we may not be where basketball got its start, it wouldn’t be remiss to say that KC has the hoops in its blood. Kansas City has always been and always will be a great town for basketball, and there’s no better way to experience KC basketball than through a Kansas City basketball club. That’s where MOKAN got its start.
Matt Suther played collegiate basketball for the University of Missouri Kansas City. Having been a fan of basketball in Kansas City all his life, he felt like his experience on the court might be a benefit to Kansas City youth. And not just in terms of helping them to be better players, but also in terms of helping to prepare them for the rigors and structures both of college basketball and of the university environment and the rest of their lives. He started out by looking for coaching opportunities wherever he could find them before moving on to start MOKAN as a resource to help young basketball players searching for a Kansas City basketball club where they could develop their skills both on the court and off. Through camps, youth programs, and carefully structured training exercises, the MOKAN Kansas City basketball club helps young players reach their full potential as students, as athletes, and as individuals.
More than just a Kansas City basketball club, MOKAN has seen the power of youth basketball to change lives for the better. Our teams have a record of success both on the court and off, with 97% of past program participants either currently enrolled in or having graduated from college. Our alumni also include 4 NBA players. To learn more about our Kansas City basketball club and youth mentorship programs, click here!