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" We train to make
gains, not to maintain."

-Jeremy Russotti


The 1% CLUB was officially founded in 2003 by Jeremy Russotti.
However, it was the few years previous when the club really began to
evolve to where it is today.

At the time, Jeremy Russotti was the head coach at Casa Grande High school in Petaluma, Ca. Within his team, he developed a close bond and relationship to two of his players - Angelo Tsagarakis (Oregon State) and Josh Akognon (Washington State). Because of their endless hours of training, and the belief that only a small population trained at their level, they jokingly labeled themselves with the 1% CLUB moniker.

Most impressive was Josh Akognon, who went from never playing organized basketball until his freshman year of high school, to the 4th leading scorer in the state of California (30.1 ppg) by the end of his senior year. Josh accolades include being a member of the Nigerian National Championship team; being named as FIBA World Championship Top 20
up and coming players; elected most "underrated player in the PAC-10"
by Sports Illustrated; voted PAC-10 player of the week for his 25-point second half scoring outburst vs. National Champion runner-up UCLA. Recently, Josh transferred to Cal State Fullerton where he averaged
over 20ppg, while being top 5 in the nation in both three-pointers made
and free-throw percentage.

In 2008, Josh Akognon led his team to a Big West Conference Title, earning MVP of the Big West Tournament. In the NCAA tournament,
Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Flowers. ESPN Analysts Doug Gottlieb and Digger Phelps mentioned Josh as the "best player nobody ever heard of", as well as the "Players to watch list", respectively.

The 2009 season was a banner year for Josh. Most notably was being selected by the NCAA as an All-American (Honarable Mention Team).; recognized as one of the top players in the nation. For his league, Josh was named Big West Player of the year, as well as as to the 1st team NABC All-District team (2nd year in a row). Josh finished 5th in the country in scoring (24 ppg), while breaking the single season CSUF record of 764 pts (5th all time for Big West Conference). Josh also broke the Big West single season 3-pointers made record of 136. (2nd in the NCAA). Also, Josh finished 5th in the NCAA for free-throw percentage at 89%.

This past fall, Josh played in the CBA (Chinese Basketball Association) with former NBA players Stephon Marbury, Ricky Davis, Steve Francis and more.  Josh ended up tearing up the league, averaging 30ppg and leading a last place team, to the 2nd seed of the play-offs. On April 3rd, 2013, Josh officially signed with the Dallas Mavericks! 13 years of hard work finally validating his efforts in reaching his dreams.

1% CLUB athlete, Angelo Tsagarakis signed with French Professional Team JL Bourg for the 2008 play-offs. He finished the playoffs averaging
10 points per game (19 mpg), shooting 44% from 3pt. land, 50% FG and 100% FT (6 games). After that season, Angelo signed with another French Professional Team, Paris Levallois in 2008-2009.  Currently, Angelo made it back to JL Bourg for the 2010-2011 season, averaging 12ppg.

Coach Russotti says, "the chemistry these two guys had together was something special. They fed off one another and pushed each other to unlimited heights. I was fortunate to be part of their development and it
was a great ride." Now Coach Russotti follows his passion and dreams in spreading the principles and training methods of the 1% CLUB to a variety of elite basketball players throughout the nation and the professional ranks with his "GREEN ROOM TRAINING" program. Green Room Training is an all-inclusive training program for professional and elite high school athletes.

In 2012, Jeremy Russotti has started Global Sports Innovation, LLC. Not only a top skill development specialists, Jeremy is has developed some of the top sporting goods aids in the market today. In 2009, he invented an released the J-Glove Shooting Aid (www.jglove.com). Within a matter of years the J-Glove is being considered the one of the top invention for basketball instruction in the USA. The J-Glove is being used by teams such as the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, and Memphis Grizzlies; as well as NCAA teams such as Stanford, UCLA, Memphis, Louisville, Miami, LSU, Boston College, and many more. More recently, Jeremy has released V-Bands, O-Bands, J-Strap, J-Bow, and working on products in the field of Golf, and MMA.

Most recently, Jeremy founded Prolific Prep Academy in Northern California. "Pro Prep" in a fully sponsored Elite Basketball Academy (Adidas) that travels all over the United States playing other top 20 high school teams. The academy includes players from all over the world, mentoring them to reach their highest potential. Currently, Prolific Prep has the #1 2016 player in the country, Josh Jackson (Detroit, MI). For more info, visit www.prolificprep.org

The future remains bright - more to come.......

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