Our Coaches

John Scott, Coordinator CDY Basketball Operations

By the time John Scott was in the 4th grade, he started to make headlines and gain notoriety based off of his skills on the basketball court. He eventually joined the City Rocks AAU program which is one of the top EYBL programs in the country. In his first year playing with City Rocks, Scott competed at the AAU National Showcase in Orlando, Florida and finished the tournament ranking in the top 10 in scoring, and free-throw percentage. Due to his success on the court, and in the classroom, Scott was awarded a scholarship to The Albany Academy where he attended all four years of high school. There he was a three-year letter winner, and served as team captain his senior year. He Averaged 20.3 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.6 steals in 2005-06, leading the team to a 17-6 record before being eliminated by Jimmer Fredette in the sectional semifinals.  John was named preseason Times Union First Team All-Area, First Team All-Colonial Council, Troy Record First Team All-Area, and was selected to the Section II Class A All-Tournament Team as a senior. As a junior, Scott averaged 14.5 points and 6.0 rebounds a game and lead his squad to a 20-2 record, and his team was ranked as high as #3 in New York State. A local playground legend in his own right, Scott was featured in SLAM magazine for his spectacular play in street ball tournaments in New York City. He went on to play collegiately at Iona College and Long Island University in Brooklyn. John currently resides in Albany, NY where he works as a school administrator and high-school basketball coach.


Brandon Everett

Brandon Everett has always been a student of the game, and is excited to now teach basketball to the next generation of players here in the capital district. Brandon first began playing organized basketball at the V I Community center in Albany, NY where he played from 4th until the 8th grade. Upon entering High School due to familial circumstances, Brandon was unable to play for the school team, but that never kept him away from the game. He spent time working out with friends of his on the team, scouted players for upcoming matches and always managed to stay around the sport. This led to him working with 4th Family Inc, where for the past three years Brandon has been a trainer/coach at the Gifted Athletes Skills Academies featuring NBA stars LaMarcus Aldridge, Emmanuel Mudiay and most recently Quinn Cook. Although he had a short stint playing organized basketball, he never allowed circumstances to keep him away from what he loves. Brandon knows all too well the many obstacles and distractions today’s youth face, and hopes to assist them in bettering themselves both on and off the court.



Jesse Smith

Jesse Smith played high school basketball at Albany High School, Cohoes High School, and Bishop Maginn High School where he graduated and excelled at basketball. Jesse helped lead Maginn to their first ever section II Championship and State Finals appearance.

Prior to attending Schenectady Community College Jesse started coached AAU basketball with the Albany New York Dream Team. Following his time at SCCC Jesse went on to play at two NAIA schools; University Of Maine at Augusta and St Benedictine University.



Trahmier Burrell

Trahmier Burrell is a local graduate from Troy High School, graduating class of 2012. He was named Big Ten Player of the year and MVP in 2012. Trahmier went on to continue his education and basketball career at USU Eastern in Utah,  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Arts and Production, from American International College in Springfield, MA in 2016.  During his time at US Eastern and American International College, he had many honorable mentions for his participation in the Mens Basketball Program.  In 2016, the AIC mens basketball team went on to win the Northeast Championship.



Brian Dupree

Brian Dupree brings 15 years of experience coaching and developing players.  Coach Dupree has been Training/Coaching   players since 2007 teaching fundamentals, sportsmanship and leaderships skills.

Brian has coached at various organizations and programs throughout the Capital District and has been coaching at our Capital Disctrict YMCA – Guilderland Branch since 2016. Coach Dupree is also the Assistant Director of the 4th Family AAU in Albany and continues to inspire players to reach their goals both on and off the court. Coach Dupree resides in Colonie with his wife and 3 sons.