Wiedmer: Nothing But Net aims to give Chattanooga hoopsters a better shot at state titles

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The first time Tyner High School basketball coach E'Jay Ward walked inside the new Nothing But Net basketball training facility at the corner of Jersey Pike and Highway 153, he was rendered speechless.

"I can't put into words what I saw with my eyes," recalled Ward on Tuesday morning. "It's crazy. It blew my mind."

Loosely modeled after D-1 Fitness, which has become the gold standard for football training throughout the Volunteer State and beyond, Nothing But Net is the brainchild of 2001 Brainerd High grad Kenneth Henderson. It officially opened to the public on Saturday.

For area coaches such as Ward, it's seen as a game changer.

"If you're trying to be serious about basketball," he said, "this is the perfect facility for you. This will definitely make you a better basketball player.