Our Mission and Philosophy:

Our mission is to provide every child, regardless of age or ability, with the highest level of instruction, encouragement and fun, all while sharing our passion for the game of basketball.

Most youth basketball programs group players by age or grade. Often times, there is a wide variance in abilities among youth in any given age group. With this in mind, our academy instruction philosophy is based on ability rather than age. Players are grouped by ability as determined by a variety of measurable skill sets.

Our Director:

The Fargo Basketball Academy is directed by Tom Wilberscheid. Tom has played, coached and/or instructed basketball for more than 30 years. At North Dakota State University, where he played from 1980 to 1983, he worked with Bison Buddies and was a student assistant coach for two years. Since then, Tom has coached several basketball (as well as soccer) teams in Fargo. In 1999, he was inducted into the North Dakota Amateur Basketball Hall of Fame.

“My two passions in life are coaching youth and basketball. I’m excited that the Academy enables me to share those gifts with the entire community. I believe that every child who participates in our programs will not only become a better basketball player, but also come away with a joy for the game, improved fundamentals, and more importantly, sportsmanship and life lessons.” — Tom Wilberscheid

“We have known Tom for 28 years. Tom was an outstanding student athlete as a varsity basketball player at NDSU. He has always had a strong knowledge and demonstration of the fundamentals of the game and is an excellent teacher! Fundamentals are the KEY to success as a competitor and the Fargo Basketball Academy under the direction of Tom Wilberscheid will help the good player become a great player through the development of fundamental skills.” - Amy Ruley and Erv Inniger - former NDSU coaches

“I have seen Tom work with many young kids in the F-M area. I guarantee your child will be taught the “right way” to play basketball. Tom’s basketball knowledge is exceptional and the way he teaches kids is second to none. I would recommend the Fargo Basketball Academy to any child that wants to learn fundamentals and become a better player.” - Kyle Card - Head Boys Basketball Coach, Oak Grove

“Tom has coached our daughter for the past three years starting at age 6. Tom has their team playing at a higher level than most kids one or two years older. He does such a good job on the fundamentals and all the girls have a great time in the process. He makes learning fun. Our daughter thinks Tom is the greatest and we think she is right. We will be bringing our two 11 year olds as well as our 9 year old to the Academy.” - Ken and Melanie Knudsen - Christine, ND