Coaches

Coaching Staff

Bruce Hicks Jr. :  Bruce started the program to provide an intense focus on "FUNDAMENTALS", and to emphasize the lessons of integrity, work ethic, teamwork, leadership and self knowledge that can be taught through basketball. He loves the kids and understands all the dynamics that go into building a strong program. Bruce has coached at various camps for the past several years, including Philadelphia 76ers Camp, Kenny Smith Carolina Basketball Camp, New York Knicks Basketball Camp, New Jersey Nets Clinics, Five-Star Camp, Pocono’s Invitational Camp and the Basketball City Youth Development League. He has helped players develop the fundamentals of basketball and increase their basketball knowledge. Prior to coaching, Coach Hicks played professionally for the Harlem/Tampa Bay Strong Dogs and Jersey Skycats. He played college basketball at New Jersey City University, where he won the Division Three ECAC Championship in 1994.

Bruce is currently the Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Kean University. He previously was the Head Women's Basketball Coach at Raritan Valley Community College for 2 years as well as the Men's Assistant Men's Basketball Coach at Raritan Valley Community College for 5 years. He helped coach the Men's team in 2009 to become the Garden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Champions. In 2009-2010, Coach Hicks helped bring in the best recruiting class at Raritan Valley Community College, which happened to be the best recruiting class in the history of the Men's Basketball program. That 2009-2010 team placed 7 players at Division I, Division II, and Division III programs. He also helped produce One All-American player at Division III (Drew University 10-11).

Brian Honis :

Coach Honis joined Pure Basketball™(AAU) coaching staff in 2013. Played as a two year starter at Teaneck High School, averaging 15 PPG as a Junior and 17 PPG as a Senior.  I was named All-League for both years and an All-County selection as a Senior.  I was recruited by two Division I programs; Manhattan College, NY and Wagner College, NY.  I was also offered two scholarships by Division II schools; Caldwell College, NJ and Franklin Pierce College, NH.  

Despite my offers, I made the decision to attend Rutgers University of Newark, NJ which allowed me to play right away.  I was a four year starter graduating with my Bachelors Degree.  Being selected numerous times as Rookie of The Week and went on to become Runner-Up for Rookie of The Year.  Selected to the All-Conference two years and named an Honorable mention East Coast All-American my second year.  Finishing my college career with over 1000 points.  

After Rutgers, I was fortunate enough to play for five years with the Harlem Wizards.  Playing competitively overseas in Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, and Taiwan.  

Being the proud father of four boys, Coaching is not only a fun teaching opportunity for me, but it is also my passion.  I have been coaching CYO, Travel, and AAU basketball since 2008.  I joined the Pure Basketball Organization in 2011.  I enjoy working with the youth and helping them to reach their full potential both on and off the court.  My objective is to ensure that they learn the fundamental building blocks of the game of Basketball while growing and progressing from game to game. 

Kenneth Barnes : 

Ken joined the Pure Basketball program in 2016. Ken has over 15 years of basketball coaching and training experience at all levels ranging from youth to high school age kids.

Ken played high school basketball in Limestone, Maine.  In 1990, He attended prep school at Maine Central Institute and played for Coach Max Good.  His team had an undefeated season going 24-0 and won the New England Prep School Championship.  He receive a Division 1 scholarship to play basketball at the University of Maine.  During his freshman year, he won the American East Rookie of the week honors twice and was selected to 1990-91 American East All Rookie team.  He was the Team Captain for 1993-94 and 1994-95 seasons.  His senior year he was selected to All Conference Second team.

Ken graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor’s degree in Business Management.  He’s currently a New Business Strategist Manager for the Taft Hartley and Federal Business Sales Segment at Cigna Healthcare.

Ken is married to Stacy Barnes and has two sons, Branden and Niko.

Reggie Williams Jr. : Reggie Williams Jr., joined the Pure Basketball™(AAU) coaching staff in 2010. He had an immediate impact with his 12U team. Prior to joining Pure Basketball™ he was coaching with House of Hoops with their 13U team. Reggie played basketball at Bloomfield Tech High School in Bloomfield, NJ. He continues to play ball in most of the Semi-Pro Summer Leagues in New Jersey area.

 

Martin Moore:

Coach Moore joined the Pure Basketball™(AAU) coaching staff in 2014. Martin is committed to helping his players prepare to compete in basketball at a high level. He is entering his third year of coaching at Pure Basketball and is known for his elite level skills workouts during his high intensity practices. His players vastly improve throughout the season and are better prepared to both make a greater impact and become better leaders on their local teams. His coaching philosophy at this age level is focused on balancing individual player development increasing the tools each player has in his toolbox all while learning how to compete at a high level as a team.

Martin played his high school basketball as an above the rim high flying guard at Nazareth Regional High School in Brooklyn, NY where he was mentored by current NYC PSAL Commissioner and legendary Coach Ted Gustus (40+ Division 1 recruits and NBA stars like Rolando Blackman/John Salley). Martin was a 1st team all tournament selection while helping Nazareth win a state championship as a sophomore. As a senior he was a Street & Smith All-American Honorable Mention and a New York All City player during the golden era in the CHSAA when it was widely considered the most competitive high school basketball league in the United States. The preparation required for head to head battles with McDonald's All-Americans like Kenny Anderson(Georgia Tech/NBA), Adrian Autry(Syracuse), Khalid Rheeves(Arizona), or Derrick Phelps(UNC) remains the foundation for the style of basketball he teaches.

After high school Martin spent a year with current division 1 coach Steven Forbes(Tennessee/Wichita St/East Tennessee State U) on scholarship at Southwestern CC in Iowa as his first point guard in a high octane offense. Martin averaged a double-double as a freshman with over 10 assists per game, and Coach Forbes credits Martin with being the prototype for the lead guards he has recruited and had success with throughout the years. Martin continued his college career with division 1 Delaware State as a starter and as one of the team's leading scorers.

Currently Coach Martin is the founder and head trainer with Blessed Ballers an intensive player development training program for individuals and small groups in the NY/NJ area. He also works as a coach at Point Guard College (PGC) during summer months. He brings all these experiences together for the young players at Pure Basketball AAU basketball.

Rico Hernandez :

Coach Hernandez joined Pure Basketball™(AAU) coaching staff in 2019.