About Us

The Next Level Basketball Academy was founded with the best interest of all passionate student-athletes who desire to be the best! The most important thing we do at The Next Level Basketball Academy is meet individuals where they are in skill, talent, and confidence, then build from there. We thoroughly enjoy making meaningful connections with all our participants we train as we truly care about their development both on and off the court. What sets The Next Level Basketball Academy apart from similar programs is that we acknowledge that although most student-athletes have a common goal to be the best, we realize there is not a “cookie cutter” format for each individual to achieve their goals. We meet each individual we train where they are through sports specific I.Q. development and individual skill breakdown resulting in our student-athletes taking their game to THE NEXT LEVEL!  

Our Staff


Program Director
Jared Bledsoe


Minnesota State University at Moorhead
Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach 2003-04
2009-12 Oak Grove Lutheran
Girl’s Varsity Head Basketball Coach
2012-13 Concordia College
Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
NCAA Tournament Appearance


University of Tennessee at Martin
Minnesota State at Moorhead
2-time 1st Team NSIC All-Conference
1st Team NSIC All-Tournament
Team Captain and MVP
Lead Minnesota State Moorhead to School’s 1st NSIC Conference Tournament Championship Appearance
All-time Steals Leader in a Season


IBL: 2005, Grand Rapids Flight
2006 Holland Blast MVP
2006 China: BCI Edge
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA):
Al-Hilal: 2006-2007 Ah-Ali Saudi: 2007
2007 NBA Summer Workouts with the Minnesota Timberwolves
Assistant Program Director/ NLBA AAU Basketball Head Coach
Brandon Bradford

Brandon Bradford is in his 8th year with The Next Level Basketball Academy. As the Assistant Director of The Next Level Basketball Academy, Coach Bradford has been the Head Coach of the following Next Level Basketball Academy’s AAU Teams: 14U, 15U, 16U & 17U. He has also played an instrumental role as assistant coach with the 12U team & 13U team.  Bradford played collegiately at Rainy River Community College in International Falls, MN, which was ranked #10 in the nation. He also played at North Dakota School of Science (NDSCS) where they were ranked #28th in the nation. Bradford has accumulated coaching experience at the semi-professional level with The Twin Cities Elite as an assistant coach. In his first season as an assistant coach in 2018 they were crowned Midwest Basketball League Champions.  Brandon has also experienced coaching success as a Head Coach at the local youth level with the Fargo-Moorhead 7th & 8th Elite team going 37-8 in 2 seasons. In addition, Coach Bradford in just his 1st season as the Head Basketball Coach of the Shanley Deacon Boy’s 9th grade team lead them to a 12-2 record and an impressive tournament championship appearance! Building on his success, Bradford has been named Varsity Boys’ Basketball Assistant Coach at Valley City High School in Valley City, ND.


Volleyball Trainer
Natalia Kellerman
Natalia played college volleyball at Iowa Central Community College that was ranked #2 in the nation last season. She competed at the varsity level for 4 years at Oak Grove Lutheran High School in Fargo, ND. Natalia helped lead the Grovers to the North Dakota Region 1 Championship and was named to the All-Tournament Team. She was also selection to the All Region Team as a senior.
Volleyball Trainer
Andrea Hoyme

Andrea is currently a setter at Mayville State University. She is originally from Kindred, ND where she played her high school career with the Vikings. During her high school career, she recorded 391 assists, 36 aces and 83 digs. She was named to the All-Academic Team and awarded Most Improved Player.