16776 Oakmont Ave Gaithersburg, Maryland 20877

About You Reach I Teach Basketball Academy

When you’re dedicated to putting in the work to achieve your goals, anything is possible. At You Reach I Teach, we invest in every athlete, no matter their ability level, to help them reach their highest potential by being positive role models committed to challenging, encouraging, and advocating for our athletes.Started in 2016, by former professional basketball standout, Joel Barkers, our mission is simple, yet important: To provide a strong mentoring, safe, educational, and nurturing athletic environment for children and adults. We understand that many of life’s most vital lessons of perseverance, collaboration, and positivity can be taught and reinforced on and off of the court. We welcome athletes ages 5 and up for a wide variety of age and skill-appropriate camps, single- and multi-day clinics, private 1-on-1 skills training, and organized group sessions.Simply put… if your child has a goal, You Reach I Teach is here to help them, every step of the way!

New Training

Work 1-on-1 or in a group with our highly-skilled basketball coaches to refine their skills and learn new moves to outpace the competition.

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Private 1-on-1 or Group Training Sessions

Your child can work 1-on-1 with our highly-skilled basketball coaches to refine their skills and learn new moves to outpace the competition. Open to athletes ages 5 and up, these structured and fast-paced personal training sessions can give your child the confidence they may need to dominate the court and the time to perfect their skills.

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What better way to beat the heat, then to have former professional athletes take your child’s basketball skills to the next level. These summer-long camps offer athletes the time to improve their skills while playing in competition games and skills drills. You Reach I Teach has become one of the county’s fastest growing basketball programs.

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Gym Rental

Exclusive access to our courts. Our courts are available for your organization in one hour slots at $100 an hour. To rent our court and be trained by Joel Barkers, please email us at

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School’s Out Basketball Clinics

These 1– or 2– day clinics give athletes, of all levels, the chance to train in an interactive group session with a former collegiate or professional athlete. Clinics are often offered on days that Montgomery County Public Schools are closed, for either scheduled days off or on inclement weather/snow days.




This program has been invaluable for my son! We have seen a marked improvement in just a few weeks! Great for endurance, coordination, and technique!

Joanna Gordon


Joel is absolutely amazing! Teandre has always been in football since he was a small kid, but had a real passion for basketball. When Teandre first started training with Joel he wasn’t that good, and Joel continuously worked with him on the weekend, and also during camp. He will be trying out for his high school basketball team this year, and I am sure he will make it 🙂 Thanks Joel

Morgan Wright


If you want your child to improve their basketball skills, then You Reach I Teach is the place to get that improvement. Let’s start with the welcoming environment from the staff as well as the campers. Joel is awesome with the campers and provides a safe and fun atmosphere. My son loves to go to all of the You Reach I Teach activities. No school, no problem Joel has camps during most of these days as well as spring break and winter break. I wouldn’t trust my son with any other basketball camp and neither should you!

Tynetria Prather

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Our Trainers

Joel Barkers

Joel Barkers is a highly rated former Division 1 College and Professional Basketball player. Joel played collegiately for both The University of Hartford and Central Missouri State.

In his sophomore year, he was 1 of only 10 players in the country to average a double-double and consistently ranked in the top ten in the nation in rebounding.

As graduate of Mt. Zion Christian Academy, the same basketball powerhouse high school attended by NBA sensations Tracy McGrady, Amare Stoudemire, Jarrett Jack, and Brandon Rush, Joel brings a proven track record of athletic success to each athlete he coaches.

With experience playing for the top athletic programs in the country, including the historic DeMatha Catholic, Joel knows what it takes to catch the attention of college recruiters and positions You Reach I Teach athletes for success in their later basketball pursuits.

His professional basketball career has stops in Greece, Germany, England (London & Cheshire), China, the NBDL and the NBA's Denver Nuggets "SL, TC".

Julian DeBose

DeBose started playing AAU with the DC Blue Devils until they merged with Team Takeover.

He attended St. John's College High School, Class of 2011 (First-Team WCAC/First-Team All-MET. From there, he went to spend two years at Rice University before transferring to Florida Gulf Coast University where he finished as a conference Champion.

In 2015, DeBose was selected as an addition to Team USA to participate in the University World Games, where Team USA finished in first place with the Gold Medal.

Post graduation DeBose started his professional career in Germany where he spent the last two seasons playing as well as training fellow athletes on all levels internationally.



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(202) 415-4881


Open 7 days a week. 9am - 10pm