We Above Me

Since 2012, we have helped our athletes succeed at all levels. We teach basketball from the ground up.

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Our Story

Rise Above Basketball (RAB) was created in 2012 to give all inspiring athletes the opportunity to further enhance their basketball skills and knowledge of the game through professional coaching. We are a basketball enrichment program located in the South Shore, MA.

Our program places a strong emphasis on fundamentals, work ethic, sportsmanship and developing leadership both on and off the court. As coaches, we are dedicated to helping each athlete reach his/her potential by being mentors and teachers of the game. Each member of the Rise Above Basketball coaching staff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program from their days of playing college/professional basketball. The focus and purpose is to initiate, stimulate and improve opportunities for competition while teaching the fundamentals of basketball from the ground up, and making sure to stay within the pace of today's style of play. 



Testimonials Reviews


Josh Gates

"We have three children playing for Brendan Carter's Rise Above AAU program. Two boys and one girl. When choosing an AAU program we looked for a com"


Dave Pesko

"Rise Above is very organized and communicates well with their players and parents. The coaching staff keeps the practices fast paced and fresh with n"


Kristi Donovan

"My son, who is a third grader, absolutely loves playing basketball for Rise Above and is loving the practices and tournaments. Coach Sam McLaurin is"


Christina La Tanzi

""I also wanted to tell you, my son has learned more in the past two months than he has in the past four years of playing basketball. Thank you for hav"


Andrea Schlakman

""I know the AAU season has just begun, but never have I been so impressed with an AAU organization. I've respected certain coaches, but never has eve"


Christy Johannes

""Our son's experience with RAB has exceeded our expectations. The coaching staff, training and camps are unbeatable. With a focus on fundamentals and"


Shawn Sullivan

""Rise Above Basketball has established itself as the premier program on the South Shore for elementary, middle school & high school basketball players"


Sires Rivers

""RAB has been helping groom my son for life on and off the court now for about three years. The aspect of RAB that I love and respect the most is that"


Amanda Woodgate

""I sat through the skills practice tonight with the 11 year old teams. I was so impressed with Sam on so many levels. He obviously has a commanding kn"


Trisha Stravin

""We cannot thank you enough for the time you gave to not only the team but to Teddy and myself. Teddy had a goal of playing for Rise Above for many ye"


Patrick Johnson

"I know that my wife emailed you yesterday, but I also wanted to say thank you. Abby and Colleen really enjoyed playing for you. You taught the girls"

Youth AAU

RAB offers seasonal AAU during the Spring & Fall. During these seasons players will be given the opportunity to learn from highly experienced coaching staff through team practices and tournaments. Tournaments will take place on the weekends with game schedules being distributed mid week of that specific tournament date. Prior to the season, each team will receive a full tentative schedule that includes practices & tournaments for the entire season. It is a Rise Above Basketball program philosophy to teach the game "the right way"and better prepare our athletes for the future.
  • Discounted skills and training camps
  • Practices 1-2x per week (depending on grade)
  • Former/current collegiate players and coaches on staff
  • At least 5 tournaments locally ran in MA
  • Destination tournaments depending on team (Spring)


Rise Above Basketball will be offering Youth Teams from grades 4th-8th. Directed by Whitman-Hanson Regional High School Varsity Girls Head Coach Michael Costa , the girls program will be placing a MAJOR focus on the development at our youth level. At the youth level, the emphasis is centered around skill development and the fundamentals of basketball.


Rise Above Basketball places a MAJOR emphasis on the development of our youth level program. RAB was started with a single 3rd Grade team with the approach of fundamentally teaching, challenging & guiding players at a young age.   

With much dedication and commitment from our coaching staff, RAB has established ourselves as one of the premier boys programs on the youth level in New England. The boys program offers teams from grades 3rd-Varsity.   

High School AAU - Boys


When it comes to the high school level of the program, Rise Above Basketball's primary focus is on developing and preparing our athletes for college and getting exposure by competing in some of the best tournaments around the country. Through intense practice sessions, our coaching staff of former collegiate basketball players are dedicated to training our athletes for the next level of competition. In addition, a major focus at the high school level will also be driven toward advising with the recruitment process and college placement.    


Focal Points

  • Live period exposure events
  • 8+ tournaments
  • Games filmed and edited with Hudl
  • Advicing college placement
  • Parent/player seminars surrounding recruitment process
  • Offering player specific highlight films