our approach


Never outworked​

There are elements of the game you can’t control. You can’t change your height or your opponent. There is only one thing you can control and it’s the only thing that matters; the work you put in. Darting Basketball Academy players are taught early the value of hard work.

Our training teaches the foundational movements and techniques mastered by elite players. Our staff has played at the highest levels and trained the nation’s best players. We cater programs to each player’s abilities and areas for improvement. Darting Basketball Academy takes players beyond their potential and into greatness.


Point 6

Each hour at our training academy accounts for .6% of your week. You will learn the skills to transform your game. Then we will teach you the work ethic required to be elite. What you do with the remaining 99.4% of your time will determine the player you become.


meet our founders

Kerry Darting

Founder and Skills Enhancement Program Director

Kerry has had the opportunity to be involved with the game of basketball as both a player and coach. As a player, Kerry had the privilege to play for top-level coaches at multiple levels. At the completion of his college playing career, Kerry was afforded the opportunity to coach on the Division I level with some of the top coaches in the country. Since then, Kerry has spent time training multiple college and NBA players including Josh Jackson, Tim Hardaway Jr, Evan Turner, and Darius Johnson-Odem.

Ken Darting

Co-Founder and Coaching Director

With over 40 years of coaching experience on the college and high school level, Coach D has had success wherever he has been. With 5 state championships, over 500 career wins, and numerous athletes that have gone on to play at the college levels, he knows how to develop individuals as wells as teams. He has a strong passion for not only teaching the game of basketball to athletes but to other coaches as well.


meet our Coaches

Robbie Sanders

Skills Trainer

Robbie is heavily invested in the game of basketball in the Topeka community. Robbie has realized success as both a player and coach. While playing at Topeka High, he was an all-city and all-state selection. He then went on to play at Independence Community College and Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Robbie is entering his 11th year as an assistant coach at Topeka High. He has great knowledge of the game and pays special attention to the details while teaching the fundamentals.

Layne Nash

Skills Trainer

Layne’s involvement in basketball began at a very young age. Layne became a “gym rat” at the age of five. Playing rec, AAU, and MAYB ball for years, he sealed his love for the game. As a starting point guard for Shawnee Heights for three years, Layne was an All-City and All-League selection. Layne was a walk-on at Washburn University his freshman year and decided after one year, this would be the completion of his college playing career. Layne is very focused on the big picture of basketball. His “court sense” is evident when teaching basketball skills and offense/defense. His personal drive to be healthy, strong, and fit is reflected in the work ethic he demands of the students he teaches. Layne’s vast knowledge, passion for the game, and easy-going character attribute to his desire to teach and share his own experiences with the young athletes he works with at Darting Basketball Academy.

Travis Hamilton

Performance Enhancement Trainer

Travis has had the opportunity to work under many well-respected performance enhancement coaches including current University of Minnesota head strength and conditioning coach Eric Klein. He was also the head strength and conditioning coach for Southwestern College’s football team. For the past 3 years, Travis has been training athletes at ALL DAY EVERYDAY fitness.

DBA youth Foundation

Our mission is to provide assistance to youth in high-risk situations that: IMPROVES academic achievement, TEACHES effective leadership skills and ENGAGES students in community service by using basketball as a motivational tool. The DBA Youth Foundation is committed to fighting racial inequality through education, communication and relationship among people of all races and ethnicities.

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