This AAU organization, led by Head Coach TYRELL BIGGS, was designed to capture the most competitive players from the North Jersey and Rockland County, NY area. The GARDEN STATE GRIND is not just a team, but a family. Coach Biggs brings his 11-year professional career experience to each and every practice.

We believe it is the commitment and daily grind that the players put in to better themselves as team players as well as their individual skill sets. The GARDEN STATE GRIND institutes a system for defense and offense that is run with all the teams. This builds a fundamental foundation for the players as they are introduced and grow with the program. The GARDEN STATE GRIND has chosen their home court to be OPEN GYMS in Oakland, NJ. This choice was driven by the ability to coach and teach players via film study, as well as allowing teams to practice and play on a brand new high school regulation-size court. The home-court facility also has a conference room that the athletes can utilize to focus on their school work before or after practice.

If you have the drive, the passion and desire to play for one of the top coaches and AAU organizations in the area…Don’t hesitate, contact us now for tryout information and private training(s) with Head Coach, Tyrell Biggs.

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Tyrell Biggs

Tyrell Biggs is a retired basketball player with a lifetime experience and a decorated 11 year professional career.

Tyrell Biggs attended Don Bosco Prep High School in NJ where he played varsity all 4 years, becoming the school's all time leading scorer. After solidifying himself as one of the best high school players in the nation he graduated and attended the University of Pittsburgh. In his 4 years at Pittsburgh he was a part of the NCAA tournament every year. His class of 2009 has all time highest win percentage which includes a Big East Championship and a trip to the Elite 8 in the search for
a National Championship. After College he was invited by the Chicago Bulls to participate in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.

After Summer League he decided to take a contract to play professional basketball in Greece. Tyrell played 11 years professionally in
5 different countries which included 3 National Cup championships, and 2 National Cup Championship MVP’s. In 2012 Tyrell returned to the states to be chosen first overall to NBA G-League by the Cleveland Charge then called up by the Cleveland Cavaliers. After a decorated career, he retired from play to pursue
his dream to coach and develop player’s individual skills in preparation for, high school, college, and professional careers.

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Nick Vier

Nick Vier, a name synonymous with basketball excellence, began his journey on the hardwood as a young athlete. Hailing from Bergen County, New Jersey, Nick honed his skills and quickly emerged as a standout player during his high school years. As a four-year starter at Bergen Catholic, he showcased his remarkable talent and basketball IQ.

Nick's commitment to the game earned him the opportunity to continue his basketball journey, as he accepted a scholarship to the University of Vermont. Throughout his four-year college career, Nick demonstrated his exceptional ball-handling, court vision, and leadership as a point guard, becoming an integral part of the team.

After his successful college playing career, Coach Vier transitioned into coaching, where he found a new avenue to share his passion for the sport. Currently, he serves as the head coach at Ramapo High School, where his leadership and basketball knowledge have propelled the team to remarkable success. Under his guidance, the Ramapo High School basketball program clinched two consecutive state championships, a testament to his coaching prowess.

Beyond his role at Ramapo, Nick is also one of the dedicated coaches for the Grind. In this capacity, he continues to nurture and develop young talent, instilling in them the same dedication and love for the game that has defined his own journey.

From his early days as a high school star to his collegiate success and now as a respected coach, he leaves an indelible mark on the sport. Nick's commitment to the game, both as a player and coach, serves as an inspiration to athletes and coaches alike.

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Ben Wichard

Coach Ben Wichard has had a slightly different path to success than most. Starting out playing for the Mahwah travel teams in elementary school, Coach fell in love with basketball at a young age. However, middle school was a rough time period as Ben was cut from the travel team 2 out of 3 years. Instead of ending his basketball career there, Coach decided to put his head down and work harder to earn his spot on the freshman team at Mahwah High School. Coach continued to work hard throughout high school, and by his senior year he was unanimously named as a team captain.

Coach Ben, now coaching for both the Grind and as an assistant at Mahwah High School,  looks to instill the importance of mental toughness, basketball IQ, and teamwork in his players while also making sure the kids enjoy the game and continue on for as long as possible!

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Jack Schlamp

Jack Schlamp grew up here in Bergen County and played 4 years of basketball at Ramsey High School. His team won the State Sectional Championship twice, and Jack was named captain for his senior year. He then moved on to the University of Tampa, where he graduated with a Sport Management degree, learning the leadership and communication skills needed to coach. In 2022, Jack returned to his hometown to join the Ramsey High School basketball coaching staff and once again be a Ram. They have since won another sectional title bringing his total to 3! We know Jack keeps that Championship mentality every time he is around the game and we are very excited to welcome Jack back for his 3rd season with the Grind!

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Jahlil Nougues

Coach Jahlil has a notable academic and athletic journey. He honed his skills at Summit Academy Charter High School and Bedford Academy, where he showcased his talent on the court. In 2016, he earned recognition as the MVP of the Brooklyn Bridge Holiday Classic.

Transitioning from high school to college , basketball allowed Jahlil to pursue higher education at Corning Community College and Wells College, while also having the privilege to play college basketball. Today, he has taken on new roles, serving the community as part of the NYC government services in his role with the Administration of Child Services along with coaching here at the Grind!

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